Egress Window Installation & Repair | Michigan

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In Michigan, like most places, an egress window is required in any “living” space that can be used for anything from a home office to an extra bedroom. This goes for the majority of residential homes, including any basement space used for sleeping or general “living”. In other words, if you spend a lot of time there, you’ll need an egress window installed.

The good news is, if you want to finish your basement and add an extra bedroom or even a home office, it’s time to install an egress window. This will not only add to your home’s “living” space but also your home’s resale value, especially if you are looking to add an office for telecommuting for work or even a home-based business.

Bluebird CFW Foundation Repair and Waterproofing will:

  • Order all parts for your egress window installation or repair
  • Pull all required permits
  • Excavate holes for window wells
  • Install windows and wells, as well as covers or grates
  • Ensure all seams and trims are properly sealed and insulated
  • Backfill land to return the exterior to its original look as much as possible

What is an Egress Window?

An egress window is a window that’s a specific size that allows an alternative way of exiting a place like a bedroom. In this case, a bedroom in a basement.

The best way to think of it is a window that is smaller than a door but big enough for anyone to climb through to get out, especially in an emergency. It’s also big enough for a firefighter, for example, to use to gain access to that same space.

In a home, the majority of windows in bedrooms are already big enough to climb through. However, a basement’s a different matter. Not just because the majority of the basement is underground, but also because you need enough room to climb out and away from the basement. This means taking extra steps to waterproof such a large window against water intrusion and flooding with proper waterproofing material, drainage, and designs.

Egress Window Installation

The main things to remember for egress window installation are the window size requirements and the requirement for a window well adjacent to the window’s exterior. Each egress window needs to be at least 22 inches wide and 24 inches tall. So, you can see, if you don’t have an existing egress window and well, why a well becomes necessary for proper egress to ensure the well’s depth and external space is greater than the window’s height and width.

If you don’t have an existing egress window, structure modifications will more than likely be required, as well as excavation around the window’s location for the well. Egress window wells are usually either a rectangular or semi-circle shape and allow for enough room to exit and gain entry to the space.

Because of the complexity of an egress window installation, trusting our professionals that understand the work involved, as well as all the permit and building code requirements, is often your best option. They will do a quality job, the first time, including the possible structural modifications and excavation that go with it.

Egress Window Repair

As with egress window installation, egress window repair usually requires the assistance of a team of professionals. For repair, though, the concern isn’t so much structural modifications but ensuring the existing window maintains its watertight integrity.

You can rely on Bluebird CFW to conduct a full inspection of any damage to an egress window, recommend repairs and replacements as necessary, and ensure the work is completed to your satisfaction while preventing any future leaks because of the damage.

Concrete Cutting

If your foundation or any masonry needs to be cut, our team will handle it with our special tools and equipment. In addition, our installers will ensure the watertight integrity of your foundation is maintained and any concerns or issues while installing will be immediately brought to your attention with recommendations on the proper way forward.

Concrete cutting is a common obstacle when it comes to basement egress window installation. You can rely on our experienced team not to compromise your foundation’s integrity while still getting the work done in a timely manner.

Window Well Grates and Covers

If you’re wondering if you’ll also be required to have a window well grate or a well covered with an egress window, the answer is yes. By code, they are required to pass any building inspection upon installation of an egress window.

That doesn’t mean they have to be unattractive or unappealing to the eye. In addition, they add extra layers of protection to your home by keeping the occasional animal out of your well. They also keep yard debris, leaves, and even snow from accumulating in your well. Lastly, they help with drainage by keeping water away from your window, or water building up in your well during times of heavy rain.

Speak with one of our experts today for an estimate or help with any questions! We look forward to hearing from you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, otherwise the earth/soil may cave in around the window if not properly held back by the well. A well can be a pre-manufactured well/tub that is specifically designed for egress or you can build something with wood/block.

We use a 48×48 window. Per Michigan building regulations, the opening in the window must be at least 5.7 square feet to meet egress requirements.

The window wells are made of concrete, steel, PVC, block, wood, and corrugated metal. The window wells we use are single pieces and are built from high-strength composites. Our products are rust-proof, temperature resistant, and won’t collapse from backfill pressure.

We offer a 10-year warranty on the egress tubs we install.

Simply put, an egress window is a window that allows egress into or out of a building. By code, the opening must be at least 5.7 square feet.

Like all windows, they are similar. It depends on what you want the window frame to look like and if you want decoration on the window frame. There are different sizes and opening types available.

We will excavate the soil outside the proposed opening for the window. We will then cut the foundation to the specified size needed for the window. We will ensure the window well has proper drainage (we will either tie the drainage to the existing drain tile of the home/structure or add a drain tile/sump pump if there is none). Permits are pulled for all egress window installations.

Determining the placement of the window (must be clear of any obstructions such as electrical boxes, air conditioners, sprinkler systems, gas lines, etc.). Egress windows installed without proper drainage may eventually result in water building up along the window or window well.

Installing an egress window can cost from $5500 to $8000 depending on the type of window well and window. Other issues that can increase the cost include a poured basement wall or if we need to hand dig the area because we cannot fit the excavator in the installation area.

Absolutely. We have experience replacing small basement windows with larger egress windows.

It typically takes anywhere from one to two days to install an egress window system.

Really none! If you keep the window well cover in place, the egress window will require little to no maintenance. If you have a grate cover, you may need to remove debris from the window well.

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