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Egress Windows Cost

Egress windows cost in 2023 range from $1500 to $6000 for the project from start to finish. Please note: the actual replacement window(s) is just one small part of what is typically involved in these projects. I've tried to include as much as any homeowner would need to know in terms of egress windows cost, but if you notice anything missing, please feel free to reach out and ask me. Find quality egress window companies in your area and get an actual price quote.

Dane - Site Editor - Updated In 2024

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-- Egress Windows Cost: $1500 to $6000 fully installed --

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Egress Windows Cost :: Project Basics

Egress windows serve as an emergency exit or entrance for a living basement space. They are rarely found in the western United States, but often in the midwest and northeastern regions. These projects can be fairly complex - certainly compared with simply replacing a few windows. They involve a number of steps that I will briefly explain.

(Please note: if a basement is not being used as a living space, then an egress is not required by law.)

Step 1. Hiring A Contractor

Although this isn't technically required, there are city and county codes that need to be passed in order to add a basement-egress. Contractors (especially those who have done these jobs in the past) will know the codes and requirements and shouldn't make any costly mistakes. They will pull all the necessary permits and make sure all the codes are satisfied.

The down side to hiring a contractor is that they obviously cost money - and some charge a pretty penny. Nonetheless, unless you are very well versed in DIY construction (and have a strong understanding of the required codes), you are better off hiring a company to do the work.

-- Estimated Cost: $0 to $500 --

Step 2. Dig It Out

Dig It Out

This is the initial step and it must be done correctly. The space to be dug must be large enough for a normal sized adult to climb in and out of the window. The amount of labor and the cost will depend on how simple or how extensive the area outside of the window. Some homeowners opt for pre made egress options, while others hire landscape architects to drawn out the space. This will often involve using a backhoe to make the excavation and digging that much easier.

-- Estimated Cost: $100 to $800 --

Step 3. Install A Retaining Wall

Once you have dug out the space where the egress window will go, you need to install a retaining wall. These can take any number of forms, including a premade often metal wall, cinder blocks, stone, brick or any other strong material. There are all sorts of options available in this step and some retaining walls can really add to the look and aesthetic of the home.

-- Estimated Cost: $400 to $1500 --

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Egress Window Installation Cost

"Egress window installation cost will account for roughly 80% of the total cost. So for a mid range project that runs $4000 the labor costs will be $3200."

The cost of installation (or the labor costs) will depend on a whole host of factors. For a relatively simple project, we estimated the cost at $2000, and the installation portion of the project is roughly 80% of the total. Therefore the labor portion would be $1600. Mid range projects will run roughly $4000 and therefore the egress window installation cost will be $3200. And finally, a complex or high end project will run $6000 and the install costs will be $4800.

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Egress Window Prices By Project

Entry Level $1,500 to $2,500
Mid Range $2,500 to $4,000
High End $4,000 to $6,000

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For the purpose of building codes, the egress opening must be a certain size. The most popular window styles for egress openings are casements because the openable area is quite large compared to the overal window size. Single and double hungs are popular as well.

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Basement Egress Window Materials

Dane, thanks for your very helpful website.

I am looking to replace 28 windows (currently vinyl) on a 6000 sf ~$1.2M house

Five of the key windows are large (48x90) picture windows, and there are several casement crank outs (bathrooms, sidelites) as well as horizontal egress sliders in the basement.

I don't have any experience with aluminum, composite or fiberglass windows. Is there anything about their energy efficiency (decently important with extreme highs and lows in Utah) or longevity (we plan to be in the house for another 15-20 years) that would make you recommend them over vinyl? Or is it simply a matter of aesthetics and price?

I'd be interested in any recommendations you have on materials, level (mid vs high, given our time left in the house) and brands for basement window options.

John - Homeowner - from 2023

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John, here are my good and great window recommendations…

In terms of materials, we have some YouTube videos that go through the pros and cons of each one. There isn't one that is particular to basement windows per se. Check out this 6 minute video on the breakdown of materials -- hopefully you will narrow it down quickly. If not, let me know and I can help you more specifically.

Dane - Site Editor - from 2023

Egress Window Cost

Hi - I have a couple Anlin window quotes for my condo for the following window dimensions:

Two XOX windows - 79x46 . One of these is in the bedroom is in thirds for an egress.

One XO sliding patio door 95x80.

All are retrofit over aluminum. This is a condo in an HOA. For the Anlin Monte Verde Bay View they are saying $4200. For the Del Mar/Malibu I am getting $4500. Is this a fair price? Thanks.

Ryan - Homeowner - from 2016

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Ryan, I'd ask for the breakdown on that bid. The patio door is where most of that cost is going to be, seems a bit high to me. I'd think the sliders would be in the $500 to $600 each, not quite sure how much the egress requirements are adding to the bid. I'd go with the Del Mar/Malibu option for such a small different in price. If it were me, I'd get two more bids from other manufacturers. Try Simonton, Milgard and Amerimax distirbutors in your area and see how the bids come in.

Dane - Website Editor - from 2016

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