An egress window is an easy-to-open window located within a dwelling (home, cottage, etc.), that provides the means to exit in case of emergency. If you are finishing your basement, or are planning to build out and finish a room or bedroom(s) in your basement, an egress window is a code requirement.
Egress window installation is a relatively easy process. The steps to install an egress window include:
- excavating the ground directly outside of your home where you would like the egress window installed
- removing an area of your homes’ wall or foundation to frame and install the new egress windows (if you are replacing old windows with newer egress windows, you may have to increase the overall size of your windows to meet current egress window code standards; this may result in the need to reframe the window space of the windows you are replacing)
- and, if installing in your basement, installing the window well with steps for emergency exit and safety
To qualify as an egress window, your windows much meet specific size requirements.
Egress window code requirements
- Minimum window opening width must be at least 20 inches
- Minimum window opening height must be at least 36 inches
- Minimum window opening size must 5.7 square feet
Why do you need an egress window?
Egress windows are required in your basement or below ground living space by the International Resident Code (IRC). If your home catches fire an egress window acts as an emergency exit. Having a egress window in your basement will provide you and your family with comfort and safety, while your home is meeting fire safety regulations.
Full-service Egress Window Installation
At RaiseRite, we bring the trust, quality, and reliability you deserve and expect from your egress windows, and the people who install them. As a foundation repair contractor, we have the experience and skills needed to quickly, cleanly, and safely handle the excavation required for your egress window installation. Our egress windows meet and exceed the International Resident Code (IRC) code requirements, letting you rest assured that you will have the highest quality and safety after the job is done.
5/16/16 Dave, It was about ten years ago that my basement walls started to move and leak. I called a local company to have the situation taken care of. They came over and proceeded to install a system that was meant to bring the walls back into position and prevent cracking and leaking. They did this by drilling through the walls and extending a rod out to the yard about eight to 13 feet from the house. It was supposed to be tightened to bring the wall back to the original place or close to it. It did move the walls ever so slightly, but return, cause more cracked in the walls. After repeated calls for the firm to come and fix the problems, the leaking did cease but the company asked me for $100 a year to guarantee their warranty. They worked on the East and South walls. Two years ago, the west and north walls began to leak and I called another local firm, because I lost all tryst in the first firm. They did the same procedure with the same results. Tighten the rods and get more cracking and more leaks. After continued leaking for the better part of the last two years, I decided, after a $15,000.00 expenditure, to call and get the basement fixed correctly to end the leaking. A competitor contractor mentioned your name and I called you. I had your firm mudjack my driveway a couple times, but I did not know you did basement work also. I accepted your bid in the winter of 2015 to do the work in the spring of 2016 and this past week, after two weeks, the job is complete! You excavated around the entire house, pushed back the walls, installed steel beams every four feet in the basement, filled all of the cracks inside and out and applied a sealer on the outside of the walls. I am confident that my basement is not sealed and should not leak. I can only have words of praise for the men who performed the work. They were not only courteous, but very hard working and when they left, the outside of my home was landscaped and the property cleaned up. We are very appreciative of the excellent quality of work you performed and look forward to a “dry” (SureDry) basement in the future! Again, Thank you Clyde Menasha, Wisconsin