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.
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!