Egress Window Installation & Repair | Jackson, MI

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Egress Window Installation & Repair in Jackson, MI

Remodeling your basement or deciding to convert it into a living space you’ve been considering for a while is one of the easiest ways (although not always the quickest) to increase your home’s value while also gaining much-needed personal space. Whether it’s for use as a guest room, a home office, or even a man cave, having a basement finished comes with additional legal building requirements. Primary among these requirements is the need for an egress window.

If you’re a homeowner in Jackson, Michigan who wants your basement finished, Bluebird CFW Foundation Repair and Waterproofing egress window team is what you need to help make a finished basement move from a “good idea” to a reality.

Egress Windows

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Before getting into what Bluebird CFW can do for you when it comes to egress windows, let’s look at why egress windows are required in the first place.

If you can sleep in a room, you need an egress window. That’s pretty much the basic legal rule. Not to mention, egress windows must be a specific size. An egress window must measure at least 22 inches wide and 24 inches tall, so that it can be a secondary line of escape in the case of an emergency and the primary exit is blocked or damaged.

Once a basement stops being used for storage and is considered “finished,” thus making it a living space, an egress window must be installed. The only difference between a basement egress window and what you find in a typical bedroom is the basement egress window is mostly below ground level and must have a well to make up for the lack of natural open-air space around it.

The installation can be complex because of the below-ground location of a basement. Excavation, structure and foundation work, proper waterproofing, drainage installation, and the use of specific window designs to prevent water intrusion and flooding all go together as part of the installation process. For this process, you trust the experts at Bluebird CFW to help you with your egress window needs throughout Jackson, Michigan.

The Bluebird CFW Process

You can rest easy knowing that Bluebird CFW Foundation Repair and Waterproofing will:

  • Satisfy permit requirements
  • Order all parts
  • Excavate when and where necessary
  • Install windows, wells, and associated covers or grates
  • Minimize dust during installation
  • Insulate and seal all seams and trims
  • Backfill land where excavation occurs

Egress Window Installation

First and foremost, you can be assured our team is well-versed in the local building codes in Jackson, especially when it comes to egress window installations. All the work will be done to code, and required excavation work will be completed and land backfilled to its original state as much as possible.

You should also be aware that with an egress window comes the requirement for a window well along with it. The well’s depth and external space must be greater than the window’s height and width to provide for proper egress away from the home. If you don’t have an egress window and window well to repair or replace, this is where the majority of excavation work will be done as part of a first-time installation.

Our team always strives to complete the job with first-time quality while also leaving your home in better condition than before the work started.

Window Well Grates and Covers

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As mentioned and by code, window wells are required to pass a building inspection upon installation of an egress window.

Even though you can’t avoid a window well, you do have options when it comes to design, especially when it comes to the shape of the well and the appearance of the grates and covers.

Besides, eye-catching grates and covers will keep the occasional animal out of your well. In addition, well covers keep yard debris, leaves, and even snow from accumulating in your well. Lastly, they also help keep water collecting in your well during times of heavy rain.

Concrete Cutting

When it comes to egress window installation, concrete and masonry cutting is often unavoidable. Our team will handle any required cutting with our special tools and equipment. We’ll also strive to maintain the watertight integrity of your foundation and correct any issues discovered along the way. If you have any concerns, we’ll always provide answers and recommendations to ensure you receive a maximum return on investment.

Egress Window Repair

As with egress window installation, egress window repairs require professionals with the knowledge and know-how to do the necessary work. Our team will conduct a full inspection of any damage, recommend repairs and replacements as necessary, and ensure the work is completed to your satisfaction.

Please contact us if you’d like to speak more with our experts or for help with any questions! Also, don’t forget to ask about our additional services such as: foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawlspace waterproofing, egress window installation and seawall repair in Jackson, MI!

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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