You have many factors to consider when choosing a replacement window product, from aesthetics to energy efficiency to security. One thing that some homeowners overlook during this process is code compliance; the new window must be compliant with local building codes. Read on as the windows replacement contractors at Renewal by Andersen® of Oklahoma list the things you need to look for in a code-compliant window.
Energy-efficient windows aren’t optional anymore. Before you go window shopping, find out which climate zone your neighborhood is located in. There’s a set of requirements specific to each climate zone.
You should also check if your home is anywhere near an area deemed hazardous by the International Residential Code (IRC). Windows near or in hazardous areas need safety glazing to help reinforce them against external shocks.
Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings (EERO)
In the event of an emergency, your windows can serve as a point of egress. The IRC has stipulated the minimum dimensions for such windows: they must be no more than 44 inches above the floor, with an opening of at least 20 inches wide by 24 inches high.
The problem with these dimensions is that small children can fall out of the window. Installing fall-prevention devices can help mitigate this risk.
Before buying new windows, you need to do your research on your neighborhood’s climate zone and the relevant building codes. A one-size-fits-all approach won’t work for windows because each home has unique needs. Despite this, most manufacturers still produce pre-made window frames. But not Renewal by Andersen.
Each of our windows is customized according to our customer’s needs. That’s why we offer free in-home consultations. During these consultations, our consultants will ask you about your preferences.
Want to know more about your window options?
From picture windows to bay windows, Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma’s catalog offers a wide variety of windows. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (405) 212-5936 or leave us a message on this form. We serve homeowners in Tulsa and Oklahoma City (OKC).