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Egress Window Cost : Options & Styles

Best Choice For Egress Windows

The best choice for egress windows will be based on a number of factors, including how much basement window space you want and need, whether you want air flow, how much light you desire, the style you like and whether or not they meet egress window code. The two most popular styles include casements and sliders, while single hungs and double hungs are probably the third most popular. The reason for the popularity of the first two is that a smaller sized window will still meet building code. This is especially true with casements because nearly the entire frame space is able to be opened up.


Many installers and homeowners feel these are the best choice for egress windows and with good reason. Nearly the entire glass area opens outward, creating a large opening. The huge advantage here is that you can use a smaller window (i.e. less expensive) and still meet the code requirement. Casement windows are also quite nice looking that have good compression seals so they are good insulators when shut. When opened, they allow in nice breezes and nautral sunlight. With a casment, homeowners can get by with a window that is just larger than 20" wide and 24" height open window space, which is the minimum open window frame space allowed.

Advantages: Can use a smaller window and cut down on the price of the egress window. Good insulation properties.

Disadvantages: Less light into the basement with a smaller window (if this is even an issue). A double casement is a good way to still use the casement and expand the window area for purposes of light.

Casement Window Prices

Horizontal Sliders

Horizontal sliders are the second best choice for egress windows due to how they open and the amount of open glass space they provide. Most horizontal sliders allow for half of the frame to be open glass space when slid open. This means homeowners will need the window to be at least 48" wide and 48" tall (more than double the size of the casement). The plus on these is that they allow lots of light and breeze and are often longer horizontally, which looks appropriate on a basement wall.

Advantages: Allows lots of light that is positioned horizontally, instead of vertically. That is nice because basements walls are typically wide but not tall.

Disadvantages: Requires a window at least 48" wide and 48" tall. A very simple looking window.

Slider Windows Cost

Single & Double Hungs

Single and double hungs are the third viable alternative when it comes to the best choice for egress windows. They big knock on these is that the windows will have to be nearly 5 feet tall to meet requirement. They may look awkward at this height and, unlike the horizontal slider, sit very vertically along the wall. Of course, these windows are nice looking in and of themselves and are typically contructed well.

Advantages: They provide a nice traditional look.

Disadvantages: The window will have to be at least 36" wide and 60" tall. They site vertically on the wall, which might not look as good as a horizontal slider.

Single And Double Hung Windows Prices

Unpopular Choices For Egress Windows

There are several window styles that will not be practical for basement egress windows. Awning windows, which are hinged on the top and open upward, would be very awkward and would need to rotate all the way up so that they then lay flush against the outside the wall. Hopper windows and porthole windows are popular window types that make little or no sense for the purposes of an egress. Explore all the pricing scenarios using our egress cost calculator.