Window Type: Egress

An example of an basement egress system


Model: Egress windows for the Manitoba Climate

Product Description:

Here are images of a typical egress window retrofit that was performed by the Nisby Renovations team in Winnipeg, Manitoba

An egress window is a window that is required in specific locations in a dwelling and is intended to provide an emergency means of exiting a dwelling.  Windows must meet specific size and requirements to qualify as an egress window.
Egress windows are required in every room used for sleeping purposes (bedrooms) on any floor and in basements with habitable space. If you are constructing a new home, the code requires that you put an egress window in each bedroom.It also requires an egress window in the basement if habitable rooms will be finished in the basement. If you install a basement bedroom or bedrooms, an egress window is required in each bedroom. If you have an existing home and you add a sleeping room in an unfinished basement, the code requires that you install an egress window in the sleeping room or rooms. 

Provincial regulations are at least 4.15 sq. ft of opening and 24" of clearance all the way out. for smaller children steps inside the home may be required.
Nisby Renovations are happy to discuss your specific requirements. Call for a free consultation and quotation.
Note we only install products that are tried and tested for the extremes of our climate (zone C and above which is appropriate for Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba).

Egress Windows: Costs
Costs of these installations can vary depending on a number of factors, including your choice of windows, the number of windows you install, and your window well design. Above-grade egress windows shouldn't cost more than any other window installation, in the $500 to $1,000 range for energy-efficient, multiple-paned windows according to Bill Barr of All Star Windows and Siding in Loveland, Colorado. For basement egress windows, however, you should expect to pay more. The installation of a single, no-frills basement egress window usually runs in the $3,000 to $5,000 range, according to Popular Mechanics, while more elaborate window well designs and top-of-the-line windows can raise the price to as much as double those figures. It's not cheap, but considering the peace of mind an egress window provides, it's safe to say that installing one of these windows is money well-spent for any homeowner.

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