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How to Install An Egress Window


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Dreaming of a brighter basement with a touch of safety? Learn how to install an egress window with our quick and easy guide. Aquatech Waterproofing is here to illuminate every step, from start to finish. Let’s turn that dark corner into a well-lit escape route – together!

What is an Egress Window?

An egress window is more than just a window — it’s your peace of mind framed in glass. Required by building codes for basement living spaces, these windows provide a secondary escape route in case of fire or other emergencies. Plus, they bring in natural light and ventilation, making your basement more welcoming!

Step-by-Step Guide to Installing An Egress Window

Step 1: Planning and Permissions
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  • Consult with the Pros: Before doing anything, get in touch with Aquatech Waterproofing. We can help you identify the best location for your new egress window based on your home’s architecture and local building codes.
  • Secure Permits: We’ll handle the red tape, making sure that all necessary building permits are acquired to keep your project above board.
Step 2: Excavation and Cutting
  • Dig Out: Prepare for some excavation—we’ll dig out a space in your yard to accommodate the window well.
  • Cut a Hole: With precision and care, we’ll cut through your basement wall to create an opening for your new window. We use specialized equipment to ensure the job is done safely and effectively.
Step 3: Comprehensive Installation
  • Install An Egress Window: We fit the egress window into the opening, secure it, and waterproof it. Our experience ensures that not only will your window look great, but it will also stand up to the elements.
  • Ensure Well and Drainage: A window well is installed outside the egress window to hold back the earth and is fitted with proper drainage solutions to keep water away.
Step 4: Interior and Exterior Finishing
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  • Frame the View: Inside, we’ll frame your window beautifully, integrating it seamlessly into your basement’s interior design.
  • Landscaping Touches: Outside, we ensure that the window well isn’t just functional but also aesthetically pleasing, with options for landscaping to enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Step 5: Final Touches and Inspection
  • We’re not finished until your egress window has passed a thorough quality check. And of course, we’ll coordinate a final inspection with local authorities to ensure compliance.

Factors To Consider

When planning to install an egress window in your home, several critical factors must be considered to ensure the project is successful, safe, and compliant with building regulations:

Building Codes and PermitsCheck local building codes for specific egress requirements.

Secure required permits before any work begins.
Window DimensionsMinimum opening area of 5.7 square feet.

Minimum width of 20 inches and height of 24 inches.
LocationChoose an accessible exit location
Window Well and DrainageInstall windows well for below-ground windows with proper drainage.
SafetyWindow well covers must be easily removable from the inside.
Ease of EgressSelect windows that are easy to open quickly in an emergency.
Professional InstallationHire qualified contractors experienced with egress windows.
Energy EfficiencyOpt for energy-efficient windows with good insulation.
BudgetConsider costs for the window, installation, and finishing work.

This table outlines the primary factors, ensuring that nothing important is overlooked during the planning and installation of an egress window.

DIY VS Hire Professional

Deciding on a DIY versus professional approach for egress window installation is crucial. Here’s a clear comparison to guide your choice:

DIY Considerations:
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  • Potential Savings: You may save on labor costs, but be prepared for unexpected expenses.
  • Skills Needed: A high level of handiness is necessary, along with a willingness to learn.
  • Time Investment: A significant chunk of your time will be devoted to research, execution, and potential fixes.
  • Equipment Access: Owning or renting the right tools is essential and potentially costly.
Professional Advantages:
  • Deep Expertise: Professionals, like those at Aquatech Waterproofing, bring a wealth of experience ensuring safe and efficient installs.
  • Speed: Expert installers will likely complete the project quicker with a higher level of finish.
  • Code Compliance: Pros stay updated on building safety codes, crucial for both legality and your peace of mind.
  • Warranty and Reliability: Workmanship often comes guaranteed and without the stress of personal trial and error.
Balanced Approach:
  • Professional Advice: Get pro insights even if you’re planning a DIY; it can save you future headaches.
  • Split the Task: Some may choose to do the prep work themselves and have a professional handle the technical installation.

Contact Aquatech Waterproofing Today!

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We offer professional egress window installation. Don’t delay in making your basement safer and brighter. Reach out to Aquatech Waterproofing today for a free consultation. Let’s turn that dark corner into your favorite nook of comfort and security! Remember, our expertise is your peace of mind. Let the light in with Aquatech Waterproofing!

FAQs About Installing An Egress Window

Egress window installation takes about 1-2 days, depending on the complexity of the job and site conditions.

Egress windows can have covers for protection against debris and to prevent people from falling in, but the covers must be easily removable from the inside without tools.

The depth of the window well for an egress window should be at least 9 inches (or as required by your local building code) if the bottom of the window is below ground level.

Yes, you can add an egress window to a basement, which is often necessary for safety and to comply with building codes when finishing a basement area.

Choose an egress window based on building code requirements, the design and structure of your home, the basement’s use, and your aesthetic preferences.
The smallest allowable egress window varies by location and building code but generally must have an opening of at least 5.7 square feet, a minimum width of 20 inches, and a minimum height of 24 inches.