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What are the Egress Window Building Codes?

If you’re thinking about getting a new window well, you’ve probably thought about code compliance, particularly if you live in the city.

The purpose of an egress window is to serve as an escape window during a fire. It could literally save your family’s life. Because of its important role in your family’s safety, there are certain standards for code compliance and engineering.

Which Type of Egress Window Well is Best?

Egress window wells come in a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, and concrete.

Each type has its strengths and weaknesses. Keep reading to see why we always use precast concrete window wells for our egress window wells.

The Number One Enemy of Window Wells

Basements and egress window wells share a common enemy: moisture.

But be assured, there are at least 5 people that really don’t want water in your basement: You, ME, and the rest of my crew.

How Can You Install an Egress Window in One Day?

Getting an egress window installed in a single day is awesome for several reasons.

First of all, nobody likes the security risk of having a gaping hole in their home overnight. Secondly, if the weather gets crazy, the last thing you want is rain water pouring inside your basement at 3:00 a.m.

Making Your Basement a Healthier Space

Basements are great for huddling out of the reach of tornadoes, but basements are often severely lacking in natural light.

Research suggests natural light plays a key role in several aspects of our health and well-being.

Price vs Value: Egress Window Wells

Although we’ve always been reasonably priced, we’ve never claimed to be the cheapest contractor when it comes to your window well installation. Today we want to distinguish between two terms: price and value.

How Much Does an Egress Window Well Cost?

It's a fair question, and one we answer all the time. But first, let’s take a step back. Suppose I was to ask, “How much does a house cost?”

Of course the answer is, “It depends.”

- How large is the home?
- What features does it have?
- What is the quality of the construction?

The same holds true for an egress window well.

Can I Get a New Egress Window Well in the Winter?

A common question we get during the fall season is whether we install window wells during the winter. The short answer is yes, we install egress window wells all year long.

The average January temperature in the Wichita area, for instance, is a high of 42 degrees and a low of 21 degrees. For the type of work involved in installing a new egress window and window well, those temperatures are no problem.

Do You Offer Window Well Covers?

Yes, Illumicast offers window well covers. Keep reading to find out about our standard window well cover, as well as optional upgrades.

Window well covers are really important for several reasons. Not only do they help to keep out rain water, tree leaves, and toads, but as a safety precaution it helps keep children from falling into a window well and getting injured.

Does Illumicast Install Interior Window Trim?

DIY or Professional Installation
While exterior window trim is standard on all our egress windows, interior trim is an optional upgrade. If you’re the handy DIY kind of person, you might want to trim out the interior yourself and save a few dollars.

On the other hand, many of our clients enjoy the convenience and professional finish that comes from choosing one of our interior window trim options.