Choosing a window is more complicated than it seems. Homeowners usually just think about a window’s design when shopping for replacement windows. They also have to think about whether or not the window’s code compliant.
Renewal by Andersen® of Arkansas elaborates on how you can make sure your window complies with the building codes in your area.
Energy-efficient windows are no longer optional; you need to get ones that comply with the energy codes specific to your neighborhood. To find out what these codes are, do some research into what climate zone your location falls.
Check if the location of your home is located in an area that has been deemed hazardous by the International Residential Code (IRC). Windows in hazardous areas need safety glazing to increase their resistance to external shock.
Apart from these hazardous areas, glazing is also needed for glass used on the following components:
Glass side hinged doors
Glass sliding patio doors or glass sliding doors in general
Glass pool enclosures
Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings (EERO)
According to the IRC, your window replacement’s sill height can’t be more than 44 inches above the floor. And, its opening can’t be less than 20 inches wide or 24 inches high, with no less than 5.7 square feet of the open area. These requirements are aimed at ensuring your window can be used an exit in the event of an emergency.
The need for large enough windows that can function as emergency exits increase the risk of children falling off windows. To reduce this risk, you can install fall-prevention devices.
Don’t have time to compare brands? Renewal by Andersen of Arkansas has an expansive catalog of quality windows that come in a wide variety of designs. We also offer new door installation services. To set up an appointment, call (479) 250-3588, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Springdale, AR.