FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions



We have assembled this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you better understand what an emergency basement egress window can do for you. If your question does not get answered here, please contact us directly. Thank you.

Question:

Why would I want a basement egress window installed?

Asked-By: Sally Davison
Answer:

- Egress Basement Windows lets light enter into the basement.
- Turns a basement room into a legal bedroom.
- Increased safety by having a secondary fire escape.
- Increases your property value with the addition of an extra bedroom.
- Creates a more enjoyable space without the feeling of being in a basement.



Question:

Do you install windows in the winter when the ground is frozen?

Asked-By: Jim Robertson
Answer:

YES! We work all year long.
We use warming blankets to soften the ground.
Please make a quote request to schedule an appointment
to review your needs. Thank you.



Question:

Can I use a double hung window for a egress window?

Asked-By: Dave Wazonic
Answer:

Yes. There are double hung egress windows available. Let me help select a proper size.



Question:

Can I use a slider/glider type egress window?

Asked-By: Sheri Wellman - Plymouth MI
Answer:

Yes. Historically, this was not a good choice as the gliding
hardware did not work well. I have recently found a brand that I
approve of and glides nicely. An added benefit of this style is that
you can remove both panes and have a wide opening to move
couches and other large objects in and out of your basement.



Question:

Can I use a casement/crank-out type window?

Asked-By: John Davison
Answer:

Yes. Casement/Crank-Out are the most common style installed in an egress as it
minimizes the hole size and maximizes the window opening.
Remember, it is not the size of the glass that is important. It is the
size of the OPENING that makes code.



Question:

Are egress window secure against unauthorized entry?

Asked-By: SALLY TRUMBLE - GROSSE ILL, MI
Answer:

Egress windows have double locking systems, so you are as secure
as any other well constructed window in your home. Usually most
intruders try the doors, before trying the windows.



Question:

Can I have an egress window installed any where in the basement?

Asked-By: RICHARD CUMMINGS - LIVONIA, MI
Answer:

Yes you can. Don't limit you design possibilites with only
modifing a existing window space.



Question:

Do you obtain the building permit or do we have too?

Asked-By: Jim Richards - Garden City MI
Answer:

We obtain the building permit. The city building inspector will be checking for the proper high of the window and well. It must be low enough for children to climb out and it must be big enough for emergency crews to enter, along with checking that all the proper building codes have been met.



Question:

First of all, we have a lot of winter here in Michigan. Does the window well get filled up with snow? Secondly, how do you keep water from filling up in the well?

Asked-By: DAVID ANDERSON - STERLING HEIGHTS, MI
Answer:

Some snow will accumilate, however ambient ground and house heat
will help keep the well clear in most cases. As to the water,
the well is tied into the drainage system of your home.



Question:

How long does installation of our basement egress window take?

Asked-By: HELEN WAITE - REDFORD, MI
Answer:

Special ordered windows can take up to 2 weeks for delivery.
If you are using an egress window we have in stock,
then we can get started right away.
Most installations take 1 day to complete.



Question:

To save some money I want to install this window myself, however I have no masonary experience only general construction skills. It appears from reading over your site the cutting is a very critical aspect of this job. How about we split up the duties?

Asked-By: ARNOLD HEFTY - FARMINGTON HILLS, MI
Answer:

We prefer to do the entire job for several reasons:
1. The warranty on workmanship remains in full effect if we do it.
2. The buck stops here so to speak if there is a problem.
However, we do provide consulting for a fee, if you are absolutely determined to do it yourself.