Building codes can affect everything from aesthetic uniformity and consistency to full-blown safety standards. These set of rules and protocols are followed by all construction projects, and a new window installation is no exception. Building codes vary from one area to another, but a few general guidelines are shared by many codes in many areas.
Professional contractors are required to adhere to all building safety codes in all the work they do. However, it’s also beneficial for you, as a homeowner, to familiarize yourself with some of these codes to help you understand how your next window replacement project will go.
In Case of Emergency
One building code that would concern your replacement window company has to do with egress. These codes became a standard in the 1960s and have been in use ever since then. The code requires bedroom windows to serve as an egress point in case of emergencies as well as provide access to emergency personnel to enter a home. This means egress windows must not be smaller than 20 inches wide and 24 inches high. Exceptions to this sizing are made depending on where the window is located.
In 2009, window manufacturers were required to make sill heights to be 6 feet or less above the grade outside the window. This is to avoid accidents of young children falling out, particularly if the window is operable. This is one of the few codes that can affect your decisions for window placement.
Styles and Materials
While codes regarding material choices are different from one area to another, your window replacement contractor is still responsible for adhering to local energy requirements for efficiency. All rules regarding window seals and weather-proofing hardware must follow these guidelines.
Renewal by Andersen® of Arkansas offers safe and high-quality replacement windows. Give us a call at (479) 431-3555, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Fayetteville as well as all neighboring areas in Arkansas.