What We Do
Basement Egress Window Installation: Our Process
Please take the time to read this as it is intended to share not only our process but also answer some of your questions as we want to ensure you have the information to make an informed decision, and a happy experience working with us.
The City of Calgary requires a building permit is pulled when you install an egress window. We recommend you take the time to apply for a permit, or we can pull the permit on your behalf.
What can you expect from Calgary Egress Windows
We start with an in-home consultation where we will explain the entire installation process and talk about costs. In the comfort of your own kitchen, we will answer all your questions so you can make an informed decision. Keep in mind, there are no bad questions.
Once we have answered your questions, taken our measurement and decided on a window, we will provide you with a quote later that same day. Or with your approval we will prepare a contract for you to sign.
If you agree to the work we will schedule an installation date that works for you. If we are applying for the permit on your behalf, we will take measurements of your basement floor plan and outside walls.
We will then call Alberta One Call- They will come out to locate underground lines, they will mark the grass red or yellow which identifies to trades to take extra caution when digging.
The morning of the scheduled install, our installers will show up wearing a company logo shirt or jacket between 8:30-9am allowing you to get the kids off to school or just ease into your morning.
We will start by measuring the exact location for your window/s. Then prepare your basement for the concrete cutting by laying down plastic sheets/barriers, below the area where the window will be installed to ensure we keep the interior of your home as clean as possible.
No, we do not cut inside your home. As we just don’t want to make a mess inside.
Once back outside, we will hand dig the proper sized hole for your window well. Hand digging allows us to minimize damage created by heavy equipment. We will then mark where the concrete is to be removed and begin to cut the concrete foundation. After the concrete has been removed, we will focus on closing up the hole by lining the opening with a pressure treated wood buck/frame, which is both sealed against water and bolted to the foundation. The size of the window frame is typically 44″ wide by 33″tall or 48″ x 30″ (minimum egress size for most manufactures). Our standard installation includes an energy star rated window with an Argon filled dual pane glass. We also offer an optional upgraded to a triple pane window. Once the frame is secured and sealed, we tack and loosely install the window prior to leveling. Once level, we permanently secure the window in place.
We then add insulation around the new window using expanding foam insulation. On basements that have finished drywall we offer an upgrade/optional custom-built window jamb using a white melamine material. To finish off the inside, we install white primed interior trim/casing. We do not paint the trim.
Once we clean up inside, we move back outside to complete the window.
To finish off the window outside we will apply a cement parging material similar to the finish on most foundation walls or we offer an optional upgrade to a Hardie board or Vinyl trim. With all installations we install a drip cap above the window as per the building code.
The final step is to install and secure the galvanized corrugated steel window well to the foundation. We do offer an optional upgrade to a 6″x6″ pressure treated wood window well. All egress windows require at least 30” of clearance from the foundation out to the inside side of the window well.
Once the window well is completed we add ¾” drainage rock in the bottom of the well. We then back-fill and compact all voids around the outside of the well with the dirt previously removed. Finally, we rake out the surrounding dirt leaving a sloped surface.
Call us for a quote. Optional upgrades are available for an additional cost. Once the work is completed, your home will look as if the window and well had always been there.
We warranty all of our work for two years. If you see something you think it might be a problem, Call us at 403-975-8585.
Below is a picture of a window that complies with city’s egress window codes.