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Calgary’s Best Basement Windows
According to the Alberta Building Code, every basement bedroom must have one compliant egress window, openable from the inside with no special requirements and no locks. This allows you and your family to get out or emergency personnel to get in – in case of an emergency. At Calgary Egress Windows, we can enhance your basement windows and get everything up to code. We approach every project with experience, professionalism and flexibility – with you and your family as our highest priority.
Enhance Your Basement With Egress Windows
Renovating your basement? Need to make a room habitable for family members or guests? Let us help you find the perfect basement egress window or sliding basement windows for your space. We want to make your home brighter, fresher and a little safer. Every egress window must be a minimum of 3.77 sq/ft. This is the minimum requirement of clear space. This refers to the opening, not the entire window size.
Pick the best window for you:
Sliding Windows – These windows open from side to side and work like a sliding door. These windows must be a minimum of 44″ by 33″ inches or 48″ by 30″ inches to meet the area requirement in Alberta.
Casement Windows – These windows open like a door on a hinge. These work well in basements as they open out rather than up. To meet minimum requirements these must be 31.5″ by 31.5″ inches to meet code.
Egress Windows Requirements
In Alberta, 3.77sq/ft. is the minimum requirement for clear space (or 0.35 m2 or 543 sq. /inches) This refers to the opening size, not the entire window size.
No window opening dimension (width or height) can be less than 15″.
Window wells if needed must be no less than a 30″ or 760 mm protrusion out from the foundation wall.
Window wells must be a minimum of 2″ above finished grade, but no more than 6″.
Egress sizes do NOT apply if you have a sprinkler system in the basement room.
If your preferred basement window location ends up being underneath a cantilever, the cantilever cannot be more than 25.5 inches or 650mm.
You cannot install egress compliant windows underneath decks unless there is 2.1 meters of head clearance.
To comply with a city permit, you cannot cut out more than 25% of the total wall length. You also need to have at least 1.2 meters clearance on one side of the home for the fire department. You have to be 36″ away from any exhaust vent. You need 6″ of drainage rock in the well. You need 6″ of clear space from the bottom of the window to the drainage rock.
Sliding windows are most common. Casement windows can work so long as the sizing requirements are met.
Yes, the City of Calgary requires that a permit is pulled when you install a new or larger basement window. We will pull the permit for you at a cost, or we will provide you with a detailed one-pager that will explain step by step how you can navigate the city web site to pull a permit.
Permit time varies based on how busy the city’s development office is. Typically, 2-4 days on-line or 2-4 hrs if you go down to City Hall and turn right on the 2nd floor. City Hall Is currently closed due to the virus. The city charges $150.00-$210.00 for 1-2 windows.
Start to finish is approx. 1.5 – 2 days per window.
Yes and yes. We carry a 2-million-dollar liability policy and are fully covered by the WCB. We have never had an insurance or WCB claim.
Over the course of the year we use every local manufacture.
Yes, we provide a manufacturers Limited lifetime warranty on the window seal against water or air leaks. And a limited lifetime warranty on the window frame against water leaks or naturally occurring cracks. Calgary Egress Windows also provides a two-year warranty on our workmanship.
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Calgary Egress Windows Installation Process
We will come to your home and take measurements. We will then explain the entire installation process and share what unique characteristics of your basement determines the style and size windows we will install. Next, we will provide you with a quote and with your approval will prepare a contract for you to sign.
When you agree to the work, we will schedule a time that works best for your window installation and ask for a deposit to confirm your installation date in our calendar.
One of our professional installers will arrive on time, clean and professional looking. We will install your new window and leave your home looking as if we were never there. We will also leave you with our 2-year workmanship warranty, and a manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty.
Great price, great service, great work -- great experience overall!!