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.
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, 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
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.
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 Installation
Please contact us if you’d like to speak more with our experts or have any any questions regarding egress window installations! 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!