What do Egress Windows cost to install?

When determining the cost of an Egress Window installation there are three parts to consider; the first is the Egress Window itself; the second is the Egress Well, Ladder and Cover; while the third is the installation of these items.

Window installation doesn’t meet the 9 Sq. Ft. Egress well surface area code requirement

Window installation doesn’t meet the 9 Sq. Ft. Egress well surface area code requirement

Its best start by determining all the material (window, well, ladder and cover) needs prior to purchasing and starting to install an egress system. Many people start by only purchasing and installing an inexpensive standard casement out-swing window large enough to meet the IRC code from a big box store thinking they are going to save money vs the cost of the more expensive actual egress window only to learn afterward they will need a larger well to

Window installation doesn’t meet the 9 Sq. Ft. Egress well surface area code requirement meet the 9 square foot of clear surface area code requires and possibly a custom cover, costing more than a smaller less costly egress well with a less expensive stock cover and the more expensive egress window.

The second issue people commonly run into is when part of the out-swing casement window sticks above the top surface of the well, the window will be blocked from opening by the cover.

The solution usually requires a custom cover be built that clears the window. The total cost to fix these two issues can end up costing more than the total cost of purchasing a more expensive Egress Window with a standard Egress Well and Cover.

Egress Window Cost

A REDI-EXIT® In-swing Egress Window

A REDI-EXIT® In-swing Egress Window

Egress windows can cost from $300 to $700 including shipping depending on style, and size. The casement out-swings cost less but many times an in-swing egress window would be a better choice for a basement bedroom application.

Remember a bedroom usually has a closet, bathroom, and door to enter, reducing the wall space for arranging furniture, so a smaller window is a more practical choice.

 
REDI-EXIT® 48” Sliding Egress Window

REDI-EXIT® 48” Sliding Egress Window

pre-manufactured stock Egress Well Kit, which is available in Galvanized Steel, Fiber Glass, and a variety of Plastics.

If you plan to fabricate an egress well then you will also need to determine the cost of a Bolt-

If you’re planning to install an egress window in a basement family room or playroom where plenty of light is desired a 48” or 60” sliding Egress Window would be a good choice. These Sliding Egress Windows can cost around $475 to $700 including shipping depending on where they need to ship to. A larger well is required to accommodate these windows

Be careful that the 48” sliding egress window you purchase meets the 20” minimum right to left clear opening requirements of your State or Township Egress Window Code.

Egress Well, Ladder and Cover Cost

REDI-EXIT® Deluxe Custom Cover on a fabricated brick egress well

REDI-EXIT® Deluxe Custom Cover on a fabricated brick egress well

There are two ways to go when planning an Egress Well installation; the first is
fabricating a well out of Block, Brick, Wood,
Concrete or Stone; the second is to purchase a

on Egress Well Ladder and a Custom Egress Well Cover to determining the total cost of the good system. Many contractors who historically fabricated wells are changing to pre-manufactured Egress Well Kits reducing the cost of labor and time to install an Egress System.

A 48” high pre-manufactured Well Kit (Well, Ladder and Cover) costs anywhere from $480 to as much as $1600 plus shipping depending on the material, the width of the well and type of cover.

Be careful as some suppliers quote a low cost for the well kit but then overcharge for shipping, making most of their profit on shipping.

Egress Well Installation Cost

If you are hiring a contractor to install your Egress Well System expect to pay $3000 to $7000 including the well kit and window depending on type and size of the system desired. Cost is also affected by whether the contractor has to hand dig the well or can access the location with a backhoe and

REDI-EXIT® Deluxe Custom Cover on a fabricated brick egress well

A Large Premium REDI-EXIT® Well System

A Large Premium REDI-EXIT® Well System

whether the wall cut for the window is through a block or concrete wall. A block wall is easier and faster to cut. Local costs of living also affect the price, for example, NY and DC are more expensive than IA.

If you’re a DIY’ER who plans to hire a contractor to only cut the window opening expect to pay about $500 to $700 dollars for this part of the job.

Egress Installation Guidelines: General Installation Instructions can be had on How to install an Egress Window and How to Install an Egress Well. Remember that the Egress Well manufacturer’s installation instructions preside over our general installation instructions if you want them to honor their warranty.

 

Author: Steven Forman of REDDCO Inc., at redi-exit.com, 1/2/2017

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