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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.

Do you have a question about egress window costs, brands, features, warranties, or options? Ask our site editors your questions and get the answers you need to make the best choice for your egress window project.

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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.

Most contractors provide free cost bids, which should take any of the guess work out of what you can expect with your next project.

High End Egress Window Cost



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.

Mid Range Egress Windows Prices



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.

Entry Level Egress Window 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.

Most unfinished basements are not included in the homes square footage (just as garages are not because they are not considered "livable space"). If you are converting an unfinished basement into livable space, this will add square footage to the home. As well, if you are adding on a room in the basement (which means adding a standalone bathroom as well) it will add another bedroom to the home, which always adds value.

Of course, converting a basement to a livable space involves much more than just adding the egress window and obviously costs more. The big question is what you plan to do with the basement space.

Adding another room to your home is, at least on paper, one of the best ways to increase the value of your home without adding on somewhere else. Check with online sources like zillow to see what the difference in price in your neighborhood from going from a 3 bedroom to a 4 bedroom for instance. Homeowners do need to remember that below ground square footage is not always valued as much as above ground square footage.

The most bang for your buck and one that can certainly add quite a bit of value to your home is to create a standalone rental property with your finished basement. This means a separate door in and out of the basement, as well as a full bathroom and heating and cooling, etc. However, once you establish six months of steady rental income, the bank should accept at least 75 percent of this monthly amount as income that will increase the value of the home and can be a great selling point for many buyers.

If the basement is already considered a livable space, but lacks the egress window, then adding the basement egress will absolutely be worth it and will add the entire basement square footage to the home, which should increase the value by more than the cost of the egress

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.



Egress Windows vs. Replacement Windows

Is there anything that separates and egress window from a normal replacement window?

Janice - Homeowner - 2017

Site Editor's Reply

Thanks for the question Janice. The short answer is yes and no. While an egress window is often the same type of window as any other consumer might buy (for instance a casement a single hung or double hung), there are certain requirements for an egress window.

The reason is that an egress window must provide enough space for an individual to exit in case of an emergency or fire, or to enter as in the case of a policeman or firefighter entering a basement in order to save someone who is unable to do so themselves. Check out our egress window requirements page to see the different size specifications for each different type of window.

Having said that, and egress window can be purchased just like any other replacement window, from sources like Milgard, Sunrise, Amerimax or Okna windows. These are several of the window brands that I recommend and often times a casement window is a great option because nearly the entire window opens and so it requires a smaller window to meet egress requirements.

Bill - Site Editor - from July, 2016

Egress Windows Quotes

Hi, we are currently taking bids for a basement egress expansion and wanted to get your opinions on the following. The project requires digging out a space outside for a safety exit and also using gravel on three different wood layers for the outside space (stepped layers). The contractor we have the bid from gave us a few different options, the Simonton 5300 reflections and the Sunrise window. The bid for the Simonton window, complete with installation, all permitting and requirements, was $8000 while the Sunrise was an additional $800 for a total of $8800. The window opening is rather large and we will use a stationary window in the middle with two sliding Casements on the side.

Gary - Homeowner - from June, 2017

Site Editor's Reply

Thanks Gary for the question. I really can't speak to the overall project price only because I haven't seen the project first hand. On the face of it, it sounds pretty darn fair for what I'm imagining has to go into a project of that size. My suggestion would be to get a couple more contractors out onto the site to give you two more bids in order to see some more options, pricing, as well as potential window setups. As far as the additional $800 to go from the reflections 5300 series to the Sunrise vinyl window, especially with that large set up with effectively three different windows, I would say that the $800 is well worth it for the upgrade to the Sunrise. I like the 5300 Reflections as well.

Bill - Site Editor - from July, 2016

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?

Eleanor - Homeowner - from April, 2017

Site Editor's Reply

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.

I would certainly get a couple more bids from local companies to see what type of a range of project bids you will get. I'll bet you will be amazed at the different quotes that companies provide.

The Soft-Lite Imperial LS is an excellent vinyl window so I like our first bid based on the product alone. If nothing else, additional bids can also help you go back to this first company and use the lower bid from another company to see if he will down off his price.

I think the $9K is his first offer, now see what his best price is...

Bill - Site Editor - from July, 2016

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.

Donna - Homeowner - from October, 2016

Site Editor's Reply

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.

Bill - Site Editor - from January, 2017

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?

Pawel - Homeowner - from July, 2016

Site Editor's Reply

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.

If you are going to purchase your windows through the Big Bix Stores, I would recommend the Simonton or the Andersen 100 Series (I mention these because these are the brands they carry in our local HD). I think both of these brands are better than the Jeld Wen, if it were me I would go with the Andersen 100, it's a decent vinyl/composite window that will offer better long term value and really isn't that much more expensive (especially because you are only getting one window).

The installation quality is going to be the big deal on your project and I would caution against using the subcontractors from the Big Box Stores. I don't like how they pay their subcontractors. I would say find your own licensed contractor who specializes in basement remodels and has some real experience in installing egress windows.

Bill - Site Editor - from July, 2016



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?

Betsy - Homeowner - from April, 2016

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.

One nice option is to do a fixed window in the middle, with a casement on either side. Visually this is a pretty rich look allows plenty of light and will certainly satisfy the egress county requirements.

In terms of brands that area available in Pennsylvania, I would suggest three. The first is Okna, which is probably my favorite vinyl window out there. Their 700 series is the casement and is a great looking window and one of the best performers out there. Sunrise also makes a great vinyl window, I think their standard Sunrise frame is a great value for the money. Finally, Soft-Lite makes excellent vinyl windows and their Classic and Pro are their mid range options and should provide some excellent long term value.

Bill - Site Editor - from April, 2016