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Basement egress windows have several purposes. Traditional basement windows block light from entering your basement.

Creating an egress window well will improve light flow into your basement. They will also give your room a spacious feel.

To make a separate basement apartment, you must install Egress windows. This is a requirement found in the Ontario Building Code. We can help you understand the regulations required for installing an egress window. An egress window will make your living space meet the legal requirements.

Creating a walkout/walk-up basement can add to the value of your home. It is also a great option for creating a separate living space that will not disturb the main residents.

The Process: 

If excavation is required, our Egress Windows Experts utilize specialized equipment to dig the holes in a manner preserves your natural landscape, and to protects your house. 

We will use your existing window opening, and when necessary, create cut outs and window enlargements to meet Ontario building codes. 

We will then install your window, and use a white cement repair to finish. This will not only prevent, and stop leaks, but will also give your window an appealing look. 

Please do not hesitate to ask about any custom jobs you would like to see done after the process is complete.

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Basement Window Replacement

Basement windows present a particular challenge when it comes to window replacement. They include all the features of a regular window in a smaller space, usually with a thin profile frame to maximize sunlight exposure. Most homeowners choose to go with either a slider window or a full glass window for their basement windows although they are available in other varieties such as awning basement windows, bay basement windows etc. Learn more…

Patio Door Cut-Outs

Door/ Patio Door Cut-Outs

Cutting out a new door or patio door is a great way to improve ease of access on your property. You can create a patio door that will allow you to walk out onto your deck or backyard. A new door cut-out can also provide private access for a tenant or a child living in a separate unit in the house. Lastly, enlarging an opening to create a new patio door can bring a lot of light into a room and create a more pleasant atmosphere. Learn more about patio door cutouts.


Doors & More!

We offer a variety of doors for any budget. Including Patio doors, front doors, custom doors, storm doors, french doors and much more.

When should you install egress windows?

One of the most common reasons to install an egress window is if you are converting your basement into a secondary suite. An egress window in a secondary suite is usually required unless there is a door on your basement floor that leads directly to the outside.

Many of our customers also choose to install an egress window if there is a family member that lives in the basement. In that case, an egress window can provide a safe means of escape in case of a fire or other emergency.

It is also important to note that an egress window is not required in every bedroom. As long as there is an egress window somewhere on the same level it is in compliance with the Ontario building code.

What are the requirements for egress windows?

The Ontario Building Code sets out requirements for the size, type, and operation of an egress window.

  • The window must be operable from the inside without the use of keys, tools or special knowledge.
  • The window must have an unobstructed opening not less than 3.8 square feet (approximately 30” x 30” brick opening). This size requirement refers to the size of the opening, not simply the area of glass or window. The window must also be able to maintain that opening without requiring additional support.
  • The window must not have any dimension that is less than 15”
  • In the case of basement windows, often a window well is required. The well must project from the window at least 22” to provide passage to the exterior.

egress window opening requirements

It is also recommended that the window is not higher than 40 inches above the ground. This can be somewhat challenging in a basement. In such cases, some elevation device or piece of furniture can be used to meet this recommendation


Egress Window vs. Escape Window

If you are in the process of converting your basement into a secondary suite, your architect or engineer might say that you need an “escape window”. These are different from regular windows in a few ways:

  • Must have an openable portion that is 4.1 Square feet (approximately 31 x 31 brick opening)
  • Must not have any dimension that is less than 18”
  • The bottom of the window sill must not be higher than 35” than the floor below (can use steps or fixed furniture to meet this requirement)
  • The window must open into a window well that has a projection no less than 39”


Egress Window Types

slider window egress dimensions diagram

Single or Double Slider Egress Window

Slider windows can be used as egress windows if the open portion of the window is large enough to meet the clear opening requirement of 3.8 square feet. Some companies sell windows that allow the pane to swing out as well but inspectors often don’t pass these. Many basements already have existing slider windows so simply replacing those with a single pane window will allow you to meet egress requirements.


casement window egress dimensions

Casement Egress Window

Casement windows are a popular choice for egress windows. These are windows that open outwards using a crank and are often used when there is an obstruction that prevents the windows from opening into the house. Our windows come equipped with specialized hinges that allow the window to open fully into a 22″ window well and create the required clearance for egress windows.


Awning Egress Window

awning window egress dimensions diagramAn awning window can be used as an egress window as long as there are no obstructions above to prevent it from opening fully upwards. The sash of the window must also remain in an open position without the use of any additional support. Because awning windows have to support the weight of the sash, there are restrictions on how big the window can be.



Single or Double-Hung Egress Window

hung window egress dimensions

Single or double hung windows can serve as egress windows but are not commonly used. Because only the openable portion can count towards the “clear opening” requirement, a single-pane window is often preferred. The openable portion of the hung window needs to remain open without additional support to allow a person to escape and maintain the required opening as per regulations.


Tilt & Turn Egress Window

tilt turn egress window dimensions diagram

Tilt and turn windows are windows that swing into the interior of the house. They are a common choice for egress windows as they can be opened fully and provide a large clear opening. They also have the additional functionality of tilting from the top to allow air to circulate in the room.





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