Egress windows are typically installed in bedrooms, attics, and basements. The windows will provide an effective emergency exit should someone needs to get out of the home in a hurry, such as in the event of a fire. These types of windows can also be useful when it comes to ventilation, particularly in a basement or attic.
Egress windows need to be operational from the inside. They should never require a key or a tool to open. The same is true of any bars that might be used to surround the egress window for security purposes.
Having egress windows is not a matter of aesthetics. Instead, they are required in most cases. Residential building codes require that homes have at least one egress window when constructed. You might find that you need to or want to install more of these windows for your home.
Egress window: cost per unit, with and without installation.
|Item||Unit Cost||Quantity||Overall Cost|
|Budget-level egress windows||$140 to $450||1||$140 to $450 without installation, $1,000 to $1,500 for the windows and professional installation|
|Standard egress windows||$450 to $700||1||$450 to $700 without installation, $1,500 to $2,500 for the windows and professional installation|
|High-end egress windows||$700 and above||1||$700 and above without installation, $2,500 and up for the windows and professional installation|
Other considerations and costs
- To account for the overall cost of installing egress windows, you will need to consider just how many windows are required, as well as the type of window desired. There are many different sizes and styles of egress windows available today.
- Remember to calculate the costs for all of the windows that you want to have installed. The above is per unit.
- Factor in the cost of any permits that might be needed in your area for renovations on your home and installation of these types of windows.
- Get estimates from several professionals for the installation of these windows to ensure you are getting a reasonable price. Make sure you are choosing from high-quality, reputable companies for your installation service.
- The project is not typically suitable for DIY, as it requires a substantial amount of precise and exact carpentry to install the egress windows.
- Removing the old windows is a DIY option, which can help to save costs.
- Those who pursue DIY need to make sure they know and understand all of their local codes.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.