Egress Window Installation & Repair | Kalamazoo, MI

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Egress Window Installation & Repair in Kalamazoo, MI

Bluebird CFW Foundation Repair and Waterproofing has extensive experience, superior quality products, and a deep understanding of local building codes you can trust when it comes to meeting your egress window installation and repair needs throughout the Kalamazoo, Michigan area.

In other words, if you want to finish your basement by adding 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 total value, especially if you are considering starting something like a home-based business. Or maybe you only want an additional bedroom that will boost your home’s square footage. Whatever your reason, Bluebird CFW‘s over 20 years of experience will ensure the accomplishment of your goals.

Bluebird CFW will:

  • Order all parts and products
  • Pull all required permits and schedule inspections
  • Excavate
  • Install windows and wells
  • Waterproof
  • Seal and insulate
  • Backfill land

What is an Egress Window?

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An egress window is a window that is a specific size which is designed as an alternative way of exiting an interior space. In this case, it’s finished space in a basement. If the basement is unfinished, it’s not considered living space, so an egress window isn’t necessary.

More simply, it’s a window that’s big enough for anyone to climb through to get out in an emergency. It’s also big enough for a first responder to climb through.

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. That’s why a window well is also part of the requirement.

This also means taking extra steps to waterproof such a large window against water intrusion and flooding with proper waterproofing material, drainage, and designs.


The size requirements for an egress window and window well affect everything when it comes to installation. Each egress window needs to be at least 22 inches wide and 24 inches tall. The well’s depth and external space is always greater than the window’s height and width to allow for the movement of people and equipment.

For new installations, 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 provide enough room to both exit and gain entry through the window.

Because of the structural impact of an egress window installation on your home, trusting our professionals that understand the work involved, as well as all the permit and building code requirements, is your best option throughout the Kalamazoo area. They will do the job with first-time quality, including the structural modifications and excavation that go with it.

Concrete Cutting

Egress window installations and concrete cutting go hand-in-hand. Our team will handle all the concrete and masonry cutting with our special tools and equipment. In addition, they’ll ensure the watertight integrity of your foundation is protected 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 and professional manner.

Window Well Grates and Covers

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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. This is primarily for safety reasons. No one wants someone falling into an open well when it can be avoided.

That doesn’t mean they have to be 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 a team of professionals. For repair, though, the concern isn’t so much structural modifications. Its focus is on 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, and ensure the work is completed to your satisfaction and our standards.

Please contact us if you’d like to speak more with our experts or for help with any questions! Additional we also offer foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawlspace waterproofing and seawall repair in Kalamazoo, 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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