Egress Windows: Double Slider Tilts vs Double Slider Lift Out

Windows are arguably one of the most aesthetic and visually stimulating components of any home. Not only because they come in an endless variety of styles, colours and designs, but also because they are beacons for natural sunlight. The one thing to keep in mind about windows, however, is that they serve purpose well beyond just aesthetics.

Egress, or exit windows, can actually serve both aesthetic and important safety functionalities. According to leading industry professionals, Egress windows are increasingly being sought after by clients and today’s article will help clarify exactly why that is.

In order to learn more about the increased demand for Egress windows, spoke with Steavi Potter of Brock Windows and Doors, a GTA leader in the window and door industry.

Potter started by reminding us of the Ontario Building Code as it relates to Egress windows (which may also go by different names):

Each bedroom level should have at least one outside window that can be opened from the inside, which shall provide an unobstructed opening of at least 3.8 sq. ft. and with no dimension less than 15 inches.

Keep in mind as well that each city and municipality varies slightly in relation to the finer points of this code, so it is advisable to check in with your local authority for clarification if you are unsure.

Now that you have a better appreciation for their legal and practical relevance, let’s take a closer look at two of the most popular varieties of Egress windows.

Double Slider Lift Out: “Double lift slider windows are a practical and versatile solution for almost any room.” Potter explains. They feature a large glass area and recessed finger latches which means that you just lift out to remove the sashes for a quick and safe escape as well as easy clean up.

Double Slider Tilt: “Practical and easy to operate, double tilt slider windows are the ideal solution for large window areas when maximum airflow and an unobstructed view is desired.” Potter explains. The windows tilt inward and just like the lift out options, also provide easy cleaning and a quick and safe escape route.

These windows not only act as an escape route for you and your family, but also as a point of entry for emergency personnel. They are a component of your home that you certainly do not want to overlook.

Thinking of having Egress windows installed in your residence? Rely on the 27 years of experience, long list of accolades and impeccable attention to detail that Brock Windows and Doors has to offer.

Contact them today toll-free at 1-800-499-3808 to learn more about Egress windows and the 50% off installation of windows and doors special that they are running until July 23rd 2017.


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