Egress Cost : Best Choice For Egress Windows
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 code. The two most popular options include casements and horizontal sliders.
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Casement windows are the most popular egress window option and with good reason. Nearly the entire glass area opens outward with a crank along the bottom sill, which allows for a large opening in relationship to the overall size of the window. The result is a smaller overall window that still satisfies the egress requirements.
In addition, casements are some of the most energy efficient operable windows (able to be opened) on the market. Some consumers love the way they look (admittedly, others do not.) They are one of the easiest windows to clean because of how they open; something to think about if you have multiple stories to your home.
In general, the casement is probably the best option for an egress window and one of the most popular.
Cost Range: A mid range vinyl casement might run $400 to $600 installed for a medium sized window. A high end vinyl casement might run $600 to $800 fully installed. A nice wood clad casement window might run $800 to $1200 fully installed. These prices do not include the egress work that is involved, only the window portion.
Horizontal sliders are a very popular style of window used for an egress opening. They do require a larger window than a casement because roughly half of the window is openable, as opposed to a casement wherre roughly 90% of the window is openable. Sliders are easy to operate and open. They are also typically cheaper than a casement and offer lots of light. Sliders tend to be quite a bit less efficient than a casement.
Cost Range: A mid range vinyl horizontal slider might run $350 to $550 installed for a medium sized window. A high end vinyl horizontal slider might run $550 to $700 fully installed. A nice wood clad horizontal slider window might run $700 to $1100 fully installed. This price range does not include the considerable egress work involved--it's just the window portion of the project.
Some people use single hungs for egress windows, but they require a larger window than even a horizontal slider window. (Not by much, but still a slightly larger window.) The single hung is almost typically is little more awkward to use in terms of an egress because of how it opens compared to a slider or certainly a casement.
In the past, single hung windows were considered a low quality window--mainly because manufacturers put R&D into the double hung and sold the single hung as a low budget option. This is not the case anymore as many consumers like the convenience of the operable window without the hassle of the double hung. A well made single hung can achieve very good energy efficiency numbers, comparable to a casement.
Cost Range: A mid range vinyl single hung window might run $350 to $500 installed for a medium sized window. A high end vinyl single hung might run $500 to $650 fully installed. A nice wood clad single hung might run $650 to $1000 fully installed. These price ranges are for the window portion, but not the work involved in the egress or basement work.
Double hungs can also be used for egress windows, but like single hungs, they require a larger window than a casement. Double hung windows are often a well made window that cost just slightly more than a single hung. Both sashes of a double hung window open, as opposes to the single sash on a single hung.
Cost Range: A mid range vinyl horizontal slider might run $400 to $600 installed for a medium sized window. A high end vinyl double hung might run $600 to $750 fully installed. A nice wood clad double hung window might run $800 to $1000 fully installed. These price ranges are for the window portion of the project, but not the egress or basement work.