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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 provide you with two options. We will provide you with a detailed, step-by-step 1 page guide that walks you through the City’s online permit process. Or we will pull the permit on your behalf ,at a cost.
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. We will provide you with a quote later the same day, or with your approval we will prepare a contract for you to sign.
Schedule and Measure
If you agree to the work we will schedule a time that works for you and schedule the window installation.
Between our initial home visit and the scheduled install date, we will contact Alberta One Call on your behalf. They will come out to locate underground lines, (you do not need to be home to meet them) they will mark the grass/snow, which will identify to us to take extra caution when digging.
The morning of the scheduled install, our installer will show up wearing a company logo shirt or jacket between 8:30-9am, allowing your to get the kids off to school or just ease into your morning.
No 7am starts.
We will 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. Much too messy. Once back outside, we will hand dig the proper sized hole for your window well. Hand digging allows us to ensure there is no damage from heavy equipment. We will mark where the concrete is to be removed and begin to cut the concrete foundation. After the concrete has been cut, 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 frame size of the window is typically 44″ wide by 33″tall or 48"x30"(minimum egress size for most manufactures). Our standard installation includes an Energy Star rated window with a dual pane glass, filled with Argon gas. Once window is sealed against water, leveled, and secured, we move back inside. We 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 or 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 finish using Hardie board or Vinyl trim casing. With all four options we also install a drip cap above the window.
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” 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 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.
All window manufacturers offer either a 10 year or Limited lifetime warranty on the window seals against water or air leaks.
Great price, great service, great work -- great experience overall!!
The Calgary Egress Windows Difference
Any type of home renovation isn’t always easy. We know it can be challenging to set aside the time and to trust others with the space your family lives. When it comes to basement window installation, we want to make the process as painless for you as possible. With Calgary Egress Windows you get value for your dollar, excellent yet practical services provided in a professional and courteous manner.
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.