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Egress Window Wells

Egress window wells are necessary for most egress windows because they are located below the ground level of your home. These wells serve multiple purposes and should not be overlooked as an important part of your egress window well installation.

When window wells are installed correctly, they allow light to enter the basement, resist rust and fend off the dirt.

As part of our egress window services, our team offers a variety of egress window wells that fit your home. Our window wells are designed and built to be durable and last for many years. Together with a knowledgeable installation, they will prevent basement flooding and provide a means of escape for your loved ones in the event of a fire. Egress window wells are offered in a variety of styles and sizes that fit your project and budget.


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    Cheryl Browne
    Cheryl Browne
    I had a new egress window installed in my basement recreation room. The team of two arrived shortly after 8:00 am and the job was done in about 5 hours. The gentlemen who installed the window were friendly, worked efficiently with no breaks, they cleaned up very well inside and out and the new window looks great. Kosta was very knowledgeable during the quotation visit and the price was reasonable. Thank you so much!!
    Laurna Jones
    Laurna Jones
    Update: 1 year later. There was a minor issue with our window. I contacted Bill. He was very helpful, followed up and arranged someone to come out after work to take a look. We remain very happy with the service.Our salesman, Bill, was very professional and responsive. The team that installed was super-efficient and polite. They did a good job and cleaned up before leaving. Very happy with the whole experience.
    Mariana Mikulka
    Mariana Mikulka
    Highly recommendable company. We were looking to enlarge 2 basement windows to egress standard. After seeing positive reviews I contacted this company by e-mail on weekend. I was impressed with quick response and an appointment with Nikou was booked immediately. Nikou is very knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and accommodating. The job was booked in 2 weeks. Crew of 3 guys was excellent. They protected inside of the house, each guy did his part without asking, were done in few hours as good team, worked without breaks or smoking or delay. We are very happy with the whole experience and with finished job. Please don't hesitate to give them a chance.
    Erik Slessor
    Erik Slessor
    Bill was awesome to deal with through the process! He always took the time to explain and break things down.Workers that came were professional and tidy.Will be recommending!
    christina mud
    christina mud
    Bill was great to work with, and made sure everything was done on time and efficiently!
    Ryan Barr
    Ryan Barr
    We are preparing to have our basement finally finished, so the first step was to install an egress window. From beginning to end, the process was perfect. I had an initial meeting with Bill to discuss options. He really explained things well and broke down the whole process. It was an easy transaction to make and I felt very confident with my choice. When the crew arrived on the day of the install they were very professional and got straight to work. I like that they even went out of their way to roll out a little carpet where they'd be walking in and out of the house. The final product is outstanding, my wife and I couldn't be happier:)
    Mimi Ryatt
    Mimi Ryatt
    I had expanded my basement egress window and had quite the runaround with other companies before I had luckily come across this one. I am incredibly happy with the services I had received- the customer service from the beginning was professional and prompt, and all of my questions and concerns were answered throughout the process with genuine care and complete information. The actual installation process was quick and clean, and the end result even better than I had expected. I highly recommend their services for any window or door installations! Thank you to Bill for the ongoing communication and positive experience.
    Nuzah Qureshi
    Nuzah Qureshi
    We were really happy with the process and the result. Bill is really easy to communicate with. There was no mess. They cleaned up and the window looks great.
    Karina Aguirre
    Karina Aguirre
    My experience with egress windows was nothing short but amazing. Bill was easy to communicate with and answered all my questions in a timely manner. The job itself was custom basement door replacement and was difficult as my home is very old and nothing is standard. Bills crew did an amazing job and the outcome is better then I expected. I am incredibly pleased with my door. Needless to say I will be using egress windows for more jobs in the future.
    C Andersen
    C Andersen
    This company did a great job installing my new window and egress. It was surprising how little dust was left behind in the basement. Bill was great to deal with in getting the job appraised and right until the job was finished. I highly recommend this company.

    Egress Window Well Regulations

    An installed egress window well must be installed to meet all the regulations outlined by the Ontario building code. That means that both the window well and the cover on top of it should not prevent the escape of a person either by being too narrow or obstructing passage in some other way.

    The Ontario building code outlines a number of rules relating to the construction and operation of egress window wells:

    • Where an egress window opens into a window well, the clearance between the window and the well will be no smaller than 22 inches (550mm)
    • Where a window sash opens into the egress opening, it will open in a way that will not reduce the size of the required opening (22 inches) in the event of an emergency
    • If the window well has a cover, that cover should be openable from inside the window well without the use of any special tools or expertise

    In some cases, it is also advisable to install a ladder inside the window well to allow children and the elderly to safely exit from deeper window wells.

    Available Styles and Options

    Egress window wells come in a variety of different sizes and styles. It can be strictly functional with rust-proof metal or have a brick look that will complement the exterior of your house and create a pleasant view from inside your home. Choosing the right window well depends on your needs and the type of functionality and look your project calls for.

    Here are some other available styles commonly found in window well installations:

    Fiberglass window well with built in ladder

    Fiberglass window well with built in ladder

    stacked stone look window well

    Steel window well with stacked stone look

    Polyethylene window well with built-in ladder

    corrugated steel window well

    Simple corrugated steel well with rounded edges

    Common Window Well Installation Mistakes

    Installing window wells often requires digging installing proper drainage to allow for the passage of water. There are many horror stories of improper window well installation that can cause severe flooding and foundation damage. The consequences of a bad installation may not be immediately obvious but can become quickly apparent in the event of heavy rain or melting snow. Below are some mistakes you should avoid when installing an egress window well.

    Improperly sized wells: Wells that are too short or too narrow will cause water and dirt to enter the well and block drainage. Window wells come in all shapes and sizes so don’t use one just because it’s available. Using the appropriate size and shape of the well can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Be sure to measure your window properly and consult our experts before installation.

    Clogged gravel: Gravel is usually placed at the bottom of the well to allow water to drain while blocking sand dirt. Over time, the gravel can become clogged and prevent water from passing through. It’s important to routinely inspect the gravel, rinse away the dirt as needed or simply replace it.

    Loose window well: Over time, as the ground around your house freezes and thaws, the window well may become loose and come away from the basement wall. This allows dirt to enter the well and block drainage. A loose-fitting window well has to be dug out and reattached to the house. It is important to keep the window well in a tight fit against the wall.  

    Slow drainage: To inspect the quality of drainage in your window well, get a hose and run water into the well. The water should drain relatively fast and now come near the bottom of your window. If the water lingers you may have a drainage issue and should be taken care of before major rainfall causes basement flooding.

    Gas lines: Starting to dig before knowing where your gas lines are can cause costly delays and serious accidents. This can be easily avoided by calling the Ontario One Call, a great resource for information about buried pipes and lines around your property.

    Window Well Drainage

    Proper drainage is one of the most important aspects of a properly built window well. Without drainage, water will accumulate in the window well and cause it to leak through your window, regardless of how good your window seal is. Water flowing into the foundation of the house can cause a range of problems: Mold, frame rot and frequent basement flooding.

    Although most homes nowadays are built with proper drainage systems, it’s important to inspect your window well for the presence of drainage (usually seen by manually removing the top layer of gravel). When our team installs a new egress window or enlarges an existing well to meet egress standards, we make sure that a drainage system is in place to allow the proper clearance of water away from the foundation. This is accomplished by sloping ground away from the well as well as the layering of gravel at the bottom of the window well.

    It’s important to frequently inspect your window wells for the presence of any obstructions and foreign objects. Contamination is the most frequent cause of improper drainage. The window well creates a perfect place for the accumulation of debris, leaves and other foliage that can cause water to accumulate. This accumulation prevents water from draining and rising to the window level inside the well.

    Measuring for an Egress Well

    A successful window well installation starts with using the correct measurements for your window well.  There are a few important guidelines to keep in mind when measuring for a window well:
    • As per regulations, make sure there is at least a 22-inch clearance for the well projection from the front of the house. This clearance may have to be increased depending on how your window sash opens
    • The top of the window well should be extended at least 2-4 inches above grade level
    • It is recommended to install the bottom of the window well at least 8-12 inches below the bottom window sill to allow some buffer in case of water accumulation or slow drainage
    • The width of the window well should be a few inches wider (2 inches recommended) than the width of the window to allow for it to be securely fastened to the foundation wall

    Why Us?

    Trust our team for your window installation project. We start by offering a free consultation to create a plan for your project. By consulting with one of our professional installers (not a salesman), we can help you navigate the entire process and make sure you understand the scope and requirements.

    Choosing a professional installer will help you avoid costly mistakes. Especially when digging and excavation are involved, it’s important to have an experienced professional to navigate the process. Improper installation and draining of below-grade windows will cause water to accumulate and slowly leak into the living space. Faulty insulation and sealing can be costly on your monthly energy bill so saving money by doing it yourself can cost you more in the long run.

    We pride ourselves on being incredibly efficient. We work for longer hours than other crews to complete the job and clean up on the same day. This means less hassle and interruption for you and your family.

    Call us today to get a free consultation from one of our certified professionals.

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