Current codes require “egress” windows in the basement of any home if the area is to be used for “living” space. “Egress” simple means the window is large enough to allow a person to escape in the event of a fire. The International Residence Code stipulates that egress windows have a minimum width of 24 inches and a minimum height of 20 inches. In addition to size, the basement egress windows have other requirements. Each must be operable from the inside without tools or keys. Finally, the sill height can be no more than 44” from the floor. To view more requirements click Code to the left. To view the F.A.Q click Frequently Asked Questions.
Egress Window Man and More
*Call Sean at 815-530-0247 for quotes and more information
Works in the Chicago-land Area
Will, Dupage, and Cook Counties, Illinois
*Licensed and Insured*
The most standard situation with an unfinished basement would cost about $5,000.
The windows are all white vinyl clad.
The three most standard sizes are 36" x 42", 36" x 48", or 48" x 48".
The all come with steel grate covers and step ladders which are standard powdered coated gray or paint to suit.
The windows also come with steel window wells ins sizes 44"x 48" x 36" deep; 44" x 60" x36"; or 44" x 72" x 36".
At the 48" x 48" windows to wells will be 56" wide and 72" tall x 36" deep.
Everything will be sized and installed per local codes minimum.
One Note--the window sill cannot be higher than 44" off the floor. It can be lower, but not any higher.
Important--The windows can be put in any location. It does not have to be in an existing window opening.
There are other types of window well construction: Timber Wells, Landscape Wells, and Block Wells.
There are also different types of windows: single, double and triple with different colors to match existing.
More options of course! Custom windows can be individually priced after visiting the job site.
For more information, call Sean at 815-530-0247 and he will come over and personally go over the steps to complete the job of your choice.