Egress windows act as an additional safety feature for your home, making it easy to climb out to ground level in case there is an emergency on the first floor of the home, such as a fire. Egress windows are required by local building codes in most areas, such as for a bedroom in a basement. If you are planning on finishing your basement and adding on any kind of usable, livable space, you’ll need to install at least one egress window to protect the area.
Many egress windows are not properly installed. Many contractors do not understand the proper steps. The experts at BDB Waterproofing understand that there are particular steps in order to properly install an egress window:
Failure of any of these steps can cause costly future problems for the homeowner. For example, your egress window could have moisture seeping in through the basement window, trickling down the wall and into the floor — causing thousands of dollars in damage.
During installation, we will be sure that the egress window is properly sealed, with a well-constructed well and drainage system so water doesn’t get into your basement.
A window well is a U-shaped, ribbed metal or plastic product available in most home hardware stores. It’s designed to fit around basement windows, providing a space between the window and the surrounding earth to allow light into sub-grade structures. In some cases, window wells also provide an emergency point of egress. Properly installed window wells also play an important role in draining excess rainwater away from your foundation. (source: square one)
We provide homeowners with Monarch, Rockwell and other selections of basement window wells and well covers protecting your home from basement leaks. Take a look below to see what we have to offer.
Monarch’s Premier Series full vinyl windows run the full basement wall width, and exceed standards for energy efficiency.
Monarch’s window wells are tough and interchangeable to work with any type of basement window system.
Monarch’s superior covers and grates add the perfect finishing touch to any home! They are available in standard and custom sizes.
Elite Series Window Wells
These windows have a terraced design which makes it easy to climb up and out of your basement in case of an emergency. A variety of heights and colors are available. Built in safety-steps to allow for an easy emergency exit.
Premier Series Window Wells
This well has an easy to step-up-onto ledge that will make it easy to get to ground level in case there is an emergency on the first floor of your home and you can’t get out this way.