When Do I Need an Egress Window?\r\nAll finished basements must have means of egress, a way to get out of the basement other than using the stairs.\u00a0 If you have a walkout basement you\u00a0will be all set. \u00a0If you do not have a walkout basement then you will be required to put in\u00a0an egress window.\u00a0 An important note: whether\u00a0you have a walkout basement or not, if you are going to call one of your new rooms a "bedroom" you must have an egress window in that room.\r\n\r\nAn important note: whether\u00a0you have a walkout basement or not, if you are going to call one of your new rooms a "bedroom" you must have an egress window in that room.\u00a0\r\nState Egress Window Laws\r\nIt is\u00a0State Law\u00a0that all basements, with habitable living space, must have means of egress.\r\n\r\nA finished basement is considered habitable living space and must meet this code. The window must be large enough for an adult to get out of and low enough to the ground that you can climb out of the window. To meet the minimum code requirements the window must have at least 5\u00a0square feet of\u00a0clear\u00a0opening (not including jamb or screens). The window sill can be no more than 44\u201d from the finished floor.\r\nThe Cost of Egress Windows\r\nEgress windows can be an asset to your basement. They allow natural light into the basement and when properly designed into your space they can be an attractive focal point. But what is the cost? It depends on the style and quality of the window well and the contractor installing it. To get a free, no-obligation cost\u00a0estimate for egress window well installation call\u00a01-248-926-6630.