Egress Windows

egress window wellIf you live in Wisconsin and are considering the installation of lower level egress windows then let our qualified and experienced crews handle the project for you.  We have over 10 years of experience installing window wells. In fact, we have a crew dedicated to egress installations. Concrete Cutters, Inc. specializes in egress window installations.

We offer a complete exterior lower level egress window installation package including: excavation, wall cutting, tipping of concrete, header and blocking, window installation, window well installation, window cover, backfill and clean up.

If you have more customized project needs, we also offer partial installation services and can provide a quote for any portion of the work items or products you require.

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Concrete Cutters, Inc. is located in Kaukauna and our egress window installation service area includes Appleton, Brillion, De Pere, Green Bay, Kimberly, Little Chute,  Luxemburg, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menasha, Menomonee Falls, Neenah, Oconto Falls, Oshkosh, Shawano, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Suamico, Waupaca, and Wausau, among others. We also serve the counties of Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond Du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Portage, Shawano, Sheboygan, Sturgeon Bay, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago, and Wood.

Office Hours: (Or by Appointment)

Monday:         7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday:         7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday:   7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday:       7:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday:             7:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Consider the advantages of adding lower level egress windows:

  • Increased living space & value added to the home
  • Improved comfort by bringing more natural light into a dark lower level (warmer in winter)
  • Improved ventilation and fresh air for the home (cooler in summer)
  • Enhanced beauty of the interior and exterior of home
  • Provides an escape route to save your life & your loved ones
  • Safety: Code compliant

Code Requirements:

The code requirements for lower level egress windows are covered under the Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) pertaining to all single and two family homes.

If you have a habitable space in your lower level, there needs to be an egress window installed so that you can escape in an emergency, and so that rescue personnel have a means of access.  This is especially true if the space is used as a bedroom so it does not become a fire trap. It also applies to spaces that are finished as recreation rooms, family rooms, home offices, home gyms, or similar type spaces.

In order for egress windows to be code compliant, certain criteria have to be met in three areas:  height, well area, and window dimension.

Window Height: The lowest part of clear opening of the window cannot be more than 46-inches off the floor of the lower level.  (This dimension can go up to 60-inches if a permanent step is installed below the window as long as the height from the step is no greater than 46-inches.)

Well Area: Any window with a sill below the ground needs an areaway for access, or light and air to enter.  The dimensions of an egress window well need to be big enough to allow for emergency passage.  It needs to have a projection of 36-inches from the lower level wall, and the minimum area of the well (width x projection) needs to be 9 square feet.  If the well is deeper than 46-inches, a ladder or step is required in the well, which the Rockwell window wells have.

Window Dimension:  The minimum opening of an egress window is 20-inches by 24-inches.  The window(s) also needs to have a surface area of 8% of the floor area of the room it is servicing to provide the minimum amount of natural light, and the opening area of the window needs to be at least 4% to provide adequate natural ventilation.