Rustic Egress Window Well

Rustic Egress Window Well

$179
  • Window wells to meet Egress Code

  • Free shipping on all orders

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  • OVERVIEW
  • SIZING
  • SHIPPING
  • EGRESS CODE FOR WINDOW WELLS
  • INSTALLATION

Overview


Looking for a window well to finish off your egress window installation project? Look no further. 

Our rustic egress window wells: 


  • Are affordable and easy-to-purchase

  • Come with a front panel, two side panels, and assembly hardware

  • Are made using 18-gauge mild steel for a budget-friendly option

  • Allow more natural light than traditional rounded window wells

  • Come in a modular format that can be combined together to create a "stacked", "step-up, step-out", or "terrace" style window well designs

How does our modular egress window well system work?

Each of our egress window well modules comes with two side pieces and one front piece. This three-piece module can be used on its own to create a 12" deep well or multiple modules can be combined together to create a well that is deeper or takes on a different shape. 


For example, one module with a 42" wide face and 30" projection can be stacked on another module with a 42" wide face and 24" projection to create a "step-up, step-out" style well.  

Sizing


Our rustic egress window wells are available in three different facing widths and two different projection lengths - creating six unique sizing options for a module. Each module is 12" tall.

Facing Width

  • 42"

  • 49" 

  • 56" 

Projection Length

  • 24"

  • 36" 

As a general rule we recommend that an egress window well be 4”-5” wider then the egress window itself. This allows space for a 1"x8" wood buck to be installed into the concrete opening prior to the window. Even if a buck isn’t used during installation, the extra few inches will allow more natural light in.


Please be sure to install the window well so that the bottom of the well is at least 4" below the bottom of the window to allow for 4" of drainage stone.  


We also recommend being mindful of a projection greater than  36”. A well this large increases the chances tripping or falling-in if the well is not covered. If the well is this size and covered the weight of heavy snow in the winter months may become an issue.


Sizing Example


Jordan is installing a 36"w x 24"h side hinge egress window in her basement. From the outside of his house, the top of this window will sit 8" above the ground level, leaving 16" of the window "below ground". Jordan needs a window well. 


Based on this, Jordan's  window well must be at least 20" deep (16" for the window itself, and 4" of space for drainage stone). Since the Great Egress Co's window well modules come in 12" height increments, Jordan will need to stack 2 modules to reach the needed depth.


Jordan's window is 36" wide and she knows that the well should be at least 4" wider than the window, meaning the window well must be at least 40" wide. Jordan looks at the well width options and sees that 42" is the next closest facing width size available. 


As Jordan lives in Ontario, the well must have a projection of at least 21.75" to meet egress code. She would also like his window well to feel more open and have a natural step out to her garden. Since she needs 2 modules anyways to reach the necessary depth, Jordan will opt for the second (top) module to project 12" further than the first (bottom) one. She looks at the sizes available and selects a 24" projection for the bottom module and a 36" projection for the top module. 

 

A two-step egress window well


To buy the full egress window well system that he needs, Jordan will purchase two modules: 1) a 42" facing x 24" projection and 2) a 42" facing x 36" projection. 

Shipping


We offer free standard shipping on all orders. We strive to always ensure that our egress window well shipments arrive within 14 days.  


Our shipping is carbon neutral. For every egress window well that we ship, we contribute a portion to sustainability initiatives large enough to counteract the environmental impact of shipping. This helps us contribute to a sustainable future.

National Building Code of Canada Egress Requirements*


Many (but not all) jurisdictions in Canada have egress code requirements that are based on the National Building code of Canada 2015 (NBCC 2015). According to the code, when a window opens into a window well, a clearance of at least 550 mm (21.75") must be available from either 1) the wall (if the window is in-swinging) or 2) the fully open sash (if the window is out-swinging). 


All of the egress windows that The Great Egress Co sells are in-swinging.



*While we do our best to provide as much information as we can on the egress requirements in every location, you are responsible for knowing the local egress requirements and purchasing an appropriate window and window well. 

Tools Required

  • R2 Screwdriver

  • 7/16" wrench

  • Drill with 1/4" Drill Bit 

  • Socket Set

  • Wheel barrel

  • Tape Measure

  • Shovel

  • Level

  • Lag Bolts

  • Drainage Stone

Installing Your Egress Window Well

  1.  Dig your egress window well hole to the desired size.
  2. Loosely assemble all components of your window system and then tighten after assembly is completed
  3.  Place assembled window well in the hole ensuring it is level.
  4.  Drill holes and fasten window well to concrete wall (lag bolts not included)
  5.  Install drainage stone in the bottom of window well, stepped up areas, and backside

Note on Drainage Stone and Backfill


For small window wells (less than 50″ width), place the well 4″ below the window opening to allow for 4″ of drainage stone. Windows larger than 50″ place the well 4″ below the window opening to allow for 4″ of drainage stone ALONG with 12″ of drainage stone behind the window well so the backfill material doesn’t settle against the well. Any failure to install wells accordingly will result in a void of warranty.




Frequently Asked Questions

When can I expect my order to arrive?

We will process orders for egress window wells placed before 1:00 PM Eastern Time within five business days and hand them over to our shipping provider. From there it generally takes between 10 and 14 days to arrive at your door. 


For more information, take a look at our shipping policy    

How is the window well shipped?

Our innovative egress window well design allows for flat packing, making shipping to anywhere within Canada a breeze. 


A portion of every order is donated to environmental initiatives to completely offset the carbon emissions of shipping. After all, we want you to be able to open your windows and enjoy clean air.

 

What is your return policy?

We have a 30-day return policy, provided the window well is still in its original packaging. To Initiate a return please send us a message and a member of our team will begin the return process with you.


Please inspect your Item when it arrives. While we have carefully selected a shipping provider who has a reputation for taking the upmost care in product handling, products are occasionally damaged during transport. If this is the case, reach out to us immediately so we can evaluate the situation and make it right.


Have a look at our full return and refund policy

What if the window well doesn't pass my home inspection? 

We want to make sure that the process of getting the right egress window well for your home is as simple as possible. 


It is important to remember that egress requirements do vary from place to place. We sell some window well sizes that pass egress in one region, but not in another. Please consult with your local building code to determine which of our window well sizes meets egress code in your area. 


If you purchase a window well from us that we say will pass egress in your region and it does not pass your home inspection please do reach out and let us know. We will work with you to understand what went wrong and how we can make it right.

  

Can I get a custom size window well?

If you desire a custom-sized egress window well, we may be able to accommodate your request. Please reach out to a member of our discuss to discuss what options are available.  

 

How big does the well hole need to be?

Some egress codes have specific requirements for the size of the well that is needed to pass. For the National Building Code of Canada the well must project at least 21.75" from the wall (or end of the window if the window is out-swinging).


With the regulations in mind, you will want to dig approximately 19” deeper that the bottom of the window,  2’ wider on each side, and 1’ longer than the needed projection. This allows you move to install the well as well as provides space for drainage stone and backfill to be added.  

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