Bluebird CFW Foundation Repair and Waterproofing has the experience, outstanding quality products, and local building code knowledge you can trust when it comes to meeting your egress window installation and repair needs throughout the Ionia, Michigan area.
In other words, if you want to finish your basement by adding an extra bedroom or even a home office to your home, 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 starting a home-based business. Or maybe you only want an additional bedroom that will boost your total square footage. Whatever your unique case is, Bluebird CFW’s over 20 years of experience will be there to meet your needs and realize your goals.
Bluebird CFW Foundation Repair and Waterproofing will:
- Order all parts and products
- Pull all required permits and schedule inspections
- Excavate as necessary
- Install windows and wells
- Seal and insulate all seems and trim
- Backfill land
What is an Egress Window?
Put simply, an egress window is a window that’s a specific size that allows an alternative way of exiting an interior space like a bedroom. In this case, it’s a finished space located in a basement. If the basement is unfinished, it’s not considered living space, so an egress window isn’t required.
Another way to think of it is it’s a window that’s 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 climb through in an emergency.
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. The well’s depth and external space are greater than the window’s height and width to allow for movement of people and equipment.
If you don’t have an existing egress window, structure modifications will 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 through the window.
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 your best option throughout the Ionia, Michigan area. They will do the job with first-time quality, including the structural modifications and excavation that go with it.
With egress window installations often comes the need to perform the 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, we’ll 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 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 cover 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 collecting in your well during times of heavy rain.
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 as it is repaired while maintaining, correcting, or improving 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.
Speak with one of our experts today for an estimate or help with any questions! We look forward to hearing from you!