Egress Window Installation & Repair | Lansing, MI

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Egress Window Installation & Repair in Lansing, MI

When it comes to egress window installation and repair in a basement, you want to know the bottom line, upfront, what you can expect from Bluebird CFW Foundation Repair and Waterproofing.

Bluebird CFW will:

  • Order all parts
  • Pull all required permits
  • Excavate
  • Install windows, wells, and associated covers or grates
  • Minimize dust during installation
  • Waterproofing
  • Insulate and seal all seams and trims
  • Backfill land where excavation occurs

Now you may be wondering if this is all really necessary? Why a full-sized window for a space mostly underground?

Well, the first thing to remember is for a basement to be considered “finished” or a “living” space, an egress window is required. It provides a path that acts as a secondary means of escape in the case of an emergency. So, if you want to turn your basement into a home office or just add another bedroom, you need an egress window installed if there isn’t one already there.

Whatever your specific case, our experts at Bluebird CFW are here to help you with your egress window needs throughout the Lansing, Michigan area.

Why Egress Windows?

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As stated, an egress window provides an alternate way out of your basement, especially during an emergency when your primary exit may be unavailable.

With finished spaces in basements, if someone can essentially sleep there, a window large enough to escape through or that a first responder can gain access through is required. This is already a requirement for bedrooms and living spaces in a house. All spaces where someone can basically “sleep,” even on a couch, have to have another way out of that room in case the primary access is blocked or otherwise unsafe. That way is usually through a window.

In regards to a basement, the word “egress” is emphasized because these types of windows have to meet certain code requirements compared to smaller windows used in unfinished basements that provide for basic access or ventilation. Because it is a basement and the egress window will be below ground level, the window also requires a window well with it to allow enough exterior room to move where there isn’t normally open air. Lastly, an egress window and well require proper waterproofing, drainage installation, and protection to prevent water intrusion and flooding.

Egress Window Installation

Our team will promptly order all the required products and parts needed to perform the work efficiently with first-time quality. Our team is well-versed in the local building codes in the Lansing area and will pull all required permits and schedule all inspections. All the work will be done to code, and excavation work will be completed and land backfilled to its original state as much as possible.

Egress windows need to measure at a minimum of 22 inches wide and 24 inches tall. A well is necessary for proper egress through the window and into or away from the home. As a result, the well’s depth and external space must be greater than the window’s height and width. If you don’t have an egress window and well already, this is where excavation work will be completed.

Because of the complexity of an egress window installation, you can trust our professionals that understand the work involved, as well as all the permit and building code requirements, to do the job right.

Window Well Grates and Covers

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By code, window well covers or grates are required to pass a building inspection upon installation of an egress window. So, having them or not having them isn’t an option.

However, 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. Grates and covers will keep the occasional animal out of your well. They keep yard debris, leaves, and even snow from accumulating in your well. Lastly, they help keep water from collecting in your well during times of heavy rain.

Concrete Cutting

Concrete cutting is standard when it comes to egress window installation. Our team will handle any required foundation or masonry cutting with our special tools and equipment. We’ll also ensure the watertight integrity of your foundation is protected and fix any issues we discover. If you have any concerns, we’ll always provide answers and recommendations to make sure your investment is always protected.

Egress Window Repair

As with egress window installation, egress window repair requires the assistance of a team of professionals. Our team in Lansing will conduct an inspection of any damage to an egress window, recommend repairs and replacements as necessary, and complete all work to your satisfaction.

Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to speak more with our experts about an estimate or for help with any questions! Additionally, we also offer foundation repair, basement repair, and crawl space repair services in Lansing, 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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