What is an Egress Window?
An egress window is a window that is required in specific locations in a dwelling and is intended to provide an emergency means of exiting a dwelling. Windows must meet specific size and requirements to qualify as an egress window.
The concept comes from having a safe way to get out and a size large enough for a firefighter in a breathing apparatus to get in to rescue you. There are several ways to achieve the 5.7sq ft requirement and an unlimited number of ways to do the well area. In some cases, a 5.0 sq ft window is all that is required. Ladders are required in certain situations too.
If you’re considering a basement renovation as a way to expand your living space, don’t be surprised if your building department has something to say about it–especially if a new bedroom is part of your plan.
Why Should Levco Install Your Egress Window?
- Levco does several things the other guys don’t. We do our own work.
- We dig it ourselves and often cut the wall ourselves.
- If we use a concrete cutting contractor, we are there when it is cut to protect your home from water damage.
- We go above and beyond to waterproof the area below the cut, after all it is usually located below .
- We use materials and techniques to waterproof, the other guys haven’t even heard of.
The 2009 IRC building code now require all new residential construction to include an egress window in every bedroom. This additional requirement is fairly recent so, most existing basements were not built with egress windows. Benefits of a new Egress Window include, more fresh air, better natural lighting, and security. By far the best value is adding an egress window to your home because it instantly raises the value of your home by increasing the number of legal bedrooms.
Where are Egress Windows required?
Egress windows are required in every room used for sleeping purposes (bedrooms) on any floor and in basements with habitable space.If you are constructing a new home, the code requires that you put an egress window in each bedroom. It also requires an egress window in the basement if habitable rooms will be finished in the basement.
If you install a basement bedroom or bedrooms, an egress window is required in each bedroom. If you have an existing home and you add a sleeping room in an unfinished basement, the code requires that you install an egress window in the sleeping room or rooms.
How Much does an Egress Window Cost?
There are easy ones and difficult ones. Much of the added expense comes from buried utilities and difficult access. Interior complications include electrical wires and plumbing pipes. We have enough experience around the city to understand the soil characteristics as well. A good starting point is $3,500 for a complete project. If you take some of the work away from us the price drops, there is also a savings for doing several at once.
If your in the Boise, Idaho area and looking for Egress Windows installation, give Levco a call and we’d be happy to give you pricing on your project once we have personally evaluated your unique application. We can be reached at 947-7261.
See our gallery of completed Egress Window Projects.