Windows can make your basement more aesthetically pleasing and offer added safety. Large basement windows, sometimes called "egress windows," from Pella of Roanoke are made to permit more light into underground areas than the older, smaller, rectangular windows that are added above ground. They also offer a way out in case of an emergency.
The biggest difference between basement, or egress, windows and standard windows is that basement windows are required to be large enough for an average-sized person to get out in order to meet safety requirements outlined in building codes. You are able to select from appropriately sized casement, sliding or double-hung windows when you put in basement windows. Make sure you fully understand local building codes prior to purchasing basement windows.