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Does a house need to have a back door?
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
An exterior exit door is called an “egress” door by the building code and a second one is a good idea, both for convenience and having an alterna route out of the home for fire safety. But it is not required by the International Residential Code (IRC-R311.1) or the Residential Edition of the Florida Building Code. Go to our blog post How many exit doors are required for a house? for code details.
Mobile homes have a different HUD standard that requires two egress doors. See How many exit doors are required for a mobile/manufactured home? for complete specs.
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To learn more about doors and windows, see these other blog posts:
• What causes sweating (condensation) on the inside of windows in the winter?
• Is every exterior door of a house required to have a landing outside?
• What are the small slots at the bottom of the outside of my window?
• Why does condensation form on the outside of some windows and not others in the morning?
• Why is the garage door track a white tube?
• What is the raised metal plate on the floor under the garage door?
• Why do I have to hold down the button to close the garage door?
• How can I tell if a window or glass door is safety glass?
• What are the code requirements for safety tempered glass for doors?•
• Should a front door swing in or out?
• Are openable windows required to have window screens? Will windows with no screens pass a home inspection?
• Can a bedroom door open into the garage?
• What are the building code requirements for a door from the garage to the house?
• What is "low-E" window glass?
• What does ANSI 297.1 on glass mean?
• Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard?
• How can I check my garage door to make sure it is safe?
• Does a home inspector test all the windows and doors in a home?
• How difficult is it to change a window to french doors or a sliding glass door?
• Why are window security bars dangerous?
• What are the common problems you find inspecting windows?
• What is causing a foggy haze on my windows?
• What do those numbers on the manufacturer's stickers in new windows mean?
• What does a home inspector check on an electric garage door?
• What is the tempered label on glass at windows and sliding glass doors called?
• Why is pressure washing double pane windows an expensive mistake?
• How can I tell if a window or sliding glass door is double or triple pane (insulated) glass?
• When is safety glass required for windows at stairs and stair landings?
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