Egress Window Costs
Egress window cost, including installation, ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, which includes installation from a profesional contractor. Egress window projects are fairly complex and involve digging out the exterior around where the window will be placed, installing the retaining wall or window well, cutting out the basement opening, building out the window frame, all of the permitting and installing and sealing the window. Many homeowners also opt to landscape the outside area to make it more pleasing to the eye.
Premium Egress Windows Prices
Premium egress basement window projects will cost between $3,000 and $5,000, which includes all of the preparation and installation steps, the materials, as well as the window itself. Of course, homeowners who opt for combination windows, such as a large fixed frame center window with two smaller casements on either side or two standalone casements (like in the picture below), along with a more elaborate landscaping plan can expect to pay more than the $5,000 that we used as the uppermost price point.
Mid Range Egress Window Costs
Mid range basement egress projects will run $2,000 to $3,000 total, which includes all the labor, materials and the cost of an egress window. This price point may or may not use a window well (often considered a less expensive approach to a basement egress), but it will certainly involve a less elaborate window and exterior lanscaping plan than the premium price point above.
Entry Level Egress Window Cost
Entry level egress basement projects will run somewhere in the $1,000 to $2,000 range, which includes all materials, the window and professional installation. Want to price out your project? Use our egress window calculator to find industry standard costs.
Basics Of Egress Windows
So what are egress windows? It is a common question from homeowners interested in doing a basement remodel or conversion. Basically, egress windows serve as emergency exits in basements. The definition of an egress is an exit or way out. Basements typically have one way in and out - the door leading upstairs. An egress window provides a second emergency exit should a fire, accident or other scenario occur that effectively blocks or bars the door from being used to escape from the home.
Codes & Requirements
There are a number of safety and building codes, along with windows size requirements that must be met when installing a basement egress window in order to make the space safe and to provide an emergency exit. The code applies to any basement that has what is deemed habitable living areas. So if the basement is simply storage area where no one spends any considerable time, no egress is necessary. Learn more about egress window code here.
Does An Egress Window Increase Value
The question of whether an egress window increases the value of a home is a common question for most homeowners considering this home improvement project and one worth exploring.
Best Window Options
Building codes mandate certain dimensions or area for clear window openings to allow an emergency exit through the window. The code lends itself to particular types of windows, including casements and horizontal sliders. Single and double hung windows are also frequently used, although they have to be quite tall to meet code. Find out more on the different options and sizes for the best egress windows.
4 Small Basement Windows Cost
We are replacing 4 small basement windows and converting an additional small window to an egress window, for a total of 5 windows. We have a quote for Soft-lite Imperial LS Vinyl windows that came in at 9k. It does include installation, egress digging, haul-away, etc., but does that seem steep to you?
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Eleanor, when it comes to egress window projects, the costs are going to be all over the board. There is a lot more to these projects than simple replacement, as you point out in your email. On the surface, $9K doesn't seem unnecessarily high to me, but I can't really know without seeing the project details.
Best Egress Windows Options
I have 3 estimates to replace 2 awning windows in my basement. The estimates are very similar but are for windows from 3 different manufacturers. The windoww are: Ideal Platinum series 3000, Viwinco Edgemont and Sunrise Main model (not Essentials). I would like an opinion on which you think is the best quality. Thank you.
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Hi Donna, in order from best to least best, I would say the Sunrise main model, the Ideal Platinum and then the Viwinco Edgemont. I would be curious how those bids stacked up to one another in terms of cost.
Egress Window In Central Wisconsin
Hello, I am planning installation of the egress window in my basement in Central Wisconsin. I consider 60" x 60" vinyl sliding Jeld-Wen window available in Lowes, Home Depot or Menards store. There are any concerns regarding that type of windows or I should consider other windows?
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Pawel, I think Jeld Wen makes a good door and a pretty solid wood window with the Auralast interior (lifetime warranty on the wood), but I think there are much better options than this for your egress. In terms of the style, lots of homeowners go with a simple slider and there is certainly nothing wrong this option.
Egress Window Brands In Pennsylvania
Hi, I live just outside of Erie, Pennsylvania and we need to get an egress window to code in the basement that we're converting into a living space. I want a good window, without breaking the bank. Can you suggest a brand and some options to look for?
Site Editor's Reply
Bill, obviously there are lots of options out there for egress windows and the right answer depends on the space, the opening, how much you want to spend, etc. For the majority of homeowners, a casement window is going to be the best option in terms of an egress for a few reasons. The first is that the casement can be smaller in terms of the overall size because the percentage of casement window that opens is much greater than with a single hung or double hung. One thing to remember is that the window is often the only source of natural light into the space so some homeowners actually want a bigger window for the purposes of natural lighting.