DIY-Egress Windows


lift_lgWe offer Egress Window and Daylight – Do It Yourself (DIY) options because it allows the opportunity for handy homeowners and/or homeowner with construction connections to save a lot of money on the project by doing some or the majority of the work themselves.

Egress windows are a means of emergency escape from a habitable or sleeping room in a space such as basements. The International Residential Code (IRC) requires egress windows in all basement bedrooms to be considered legal.

Daylight Windows in a basement is a means of allowing daylight to enter into spaces such as offices and workshops that do not require a means of emergency egress per code. The typical Daylight window size is 36” high x 36” wide or 24” high x 36” wide.

 

DIY – EGRESS WINDOW Packages We Offer:

inside the home showing the inside wood framing after the window is installed

inside the home showing the inside wood framing after the window is installed

A. CUT OPENING ONLY – we safely and dust free cut and tip the concrete piece into grave only*

B. CUT OPENING, FURNISH and INSTALL WELL UNIT ONLY – We safely and dust free cut and drop the piece* and install a Rockwell window well unit (www.Rockwellinc.com) and a Shape Products or Rockwell cover

*Please note the homeowner or contractor needs to ensure the window rough-in and the excavated hole size is of adequate size. The excavation should be out at least 5’- 0” from the house and 1’- 6” wider than the vertical cuts and 1’- 6” lower than bottom cut. All excavation, drain tile tie-in, clear stone, backfill and excavation clean up by others.

For your Reference: Typical Basement or Lower Level Egress window Code Requirements
In Northeast Wisconsin, the typical code requirements for local jurisdictions* are:
1. 20” clear window opening width when window is fully opened.
2. The Window Glass Area needs to be a minimum of 8% of the room size. Therefore, if you have a 12’ X 12’ room size, the minimum size of the clear glass area in the window needs to be 12SF.
3. The maximum height allowed when measuring from the sill or bottom of the window to the floor height needs to be 42”. A permanent step will have to be installed to meet the requirement if this height is exceeded.
4. The pre-manufactured window wells; which ALL STAR Cutting & Coring LLC (ASCC) can provide, meet the code requirements for escape on the exterior of the home.
5. Headers: ASCC typically installs a header in all applications; however “Bearing Walls” will always have a Header installed.
*The General Contractor or homeowner shall verify all local code requirements before designing and building out the space.

 

Daylight Windows – DIY!

egress 1DIY – DAYLIGHT WINDOW Packages We Offer:
A. CUT ONLY – we safely and dust free cut and tip the concrete piece into grave only*

B. CUT OPENING, FURNISH AND INSTALL WELL UNIT ONLY – We safely and dust free cut and drop the piece* and install Rockwell window well unit and a Shape Products or Rockwell cover upon request

*Please note the homeowner or contractor needs to ensure the window rough-in and the excavated hole size is of adequate size. The excavation should be out at least 5’- 0” from the house and 1’- 6” wider than the vertical cuts and 1’- 6” lower than bottom cut. All excavation, drain tile tie-in, clear stone, backfill and excavation clean up by others.

For Your Reference: Typical Code Requirements
1. A wood window header will be required if the wall is a bearing wall.
2. No other codes apply as this is similar to standard basement windows cast in place into the walls at time of construction.*
*The General Contractor or homeowner shall verify all local code requirements before designing and building out the space.