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Egress Windows

A basement egress window system installed by Standard Water Control helps transform your basement into usable living space by adding light and ventilation.

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A basement egress window system installed by Standard Water Control helps transform your basement into usable living space by adding light and ventilation.

Increase Value & Livability

With today’s housing costs, more and more homeowners are discovering that a remodeled, dry basement is the most affordable way to increase the value and amount of living space in the home.

Egress windows installed by Standard Water Control help transform your basement into usable living space by adding light and ventilation.  They look great and add a measure of safety as well should family members need to exit the basement.   Standard Water only installs egress windows that are code compliant.  Additionally, we pull all required permits so you can be confident and comfortable that your windows have been installed properly.

The Problem

Ensure Safety For Your Family, Compliance For Your Home

In most older homes basement windows do not meet code for egress, therefore, the rooms are not legal living space and have less value than a code compliant room someone can sleep in. They’re typically made of materials that can rust, decompose or become food for bugs; necessitating replacement in the future. Worst of all, they do not give your family a way out in case of fire or other emergency.

Basement egress windows, installed by Standard Water Control in Minnesota and Wisconsin can transform a dark and uninviting cellar into a clean, code-compliant living space. Properly installed egress windows increases the value and beauty of your home – and most importantly – create an escape route for your family in case of emergency.

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The Solution

Providing Safety & Livability

A Basement Egress Window System from Standard Water Control makes your basement as warm, comfortable and safe as any room in the house. 

We trust Scapewel® egress window well systems. Made of structural plastic, these egress windows protect against rust, decomposition, and bugs. The window well comes with a 5 year limited warranty.

The terraced step design of the window well meets building code requirements for emergency egress. Those same steps can be landscaped with your favorite flowers or plants for further visual enhancement.

Standard Water also trusts Vector Windows that feature folding handles to eliminate interference with shades or blinds, dual weather-stripping that virtually eliminates drafts for a more comfortable, energy-efficient home, and a multi-point locking system operating from a single, low-profile lever for easy use and added security. These windows are fusion-welded, heavy-duty vinyl for low-maintenance convenience and durability, plus, the exteriors won’t peel, blister, flake or corrode.

The Installation

Clean & Safe Living Space in Just 5 Steps

A code-compliant egress window is one of the surest ways to transform a dark and dingy basement into a clean and safe living space for your family, bumping up the value of your home in the process.

Standard Water offers basement egress window installation for homeowners in Minnesota and Wisconsin.   All of our personnel are employees as we do not use subcontractors.  We have several foreman – all of whom have been with us over 25 years – who do the work and manage the crews. You can be confident that you will receive excellent window service and installation for your home!

Learn more about our 5-step basement egress window installation process that begins with acquiring the proper installation permits.

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Step 1: Filing The Paperwork
From start to finish, installation of a code-compliant basement egress window can be completed by our experienced team in a single day, whether it’s raining or snowing! But we also understand the steps that need to be taken prior to installation.

After a complimentary consultation where we walk you through the installation process from start to finish, Standard Water Control works to ensure all the proper permits are pulled and any utility lines located. This means that your project can move forward safely and with no surprises.
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Step 2: Excavation
Excavation of a well for a basement egress window can be a dangerous job in the wrong hands. Fortunately, we have dedicated crews to do the work who have been fully trained and take safety precautions for both your home and our employees' well being.

Since 1977, Standard Water Control has sent only highly trained and supervised employees to homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Our team lays plywood on your lawn to protect high traffic areas. We then excavate carefully and by hand. In doing so, we minimize any potential damage that could occur, confidently protecting your home and property. We even haul all dirt and debris away in our trucks.
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Step 3: Cutting The Hole
Sawing a hole through concrete to facilitate the installation of an egress window can get messy. We take precautions to minimize dust.

Standard Water’s highly experienced crew uses a specialized diamond-bladed ring saw on the outside of the masonry wall to minimize the mess inside your home. We then score the inside of the wall with a special jackhammer fitted with a chisel bit. The blocks are then pounded out with a good old-fashioned maul and a little sweat.

For more than 30 years, the team at Standard Water Control has installed basement egress windows for homeowners in Minnesota and Wisconsin leaving you with a clean, livable and code compliant space.
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Step 4: Securing the Window
Installation of a basement egress window is a job you only want to do once. Unless your window is secured, and the best materials are used, you may find yourself stuck with this job every few years due to damage from water, mold or critters.

Standard Water Control has sent fully licensed, bonded and credentialed employees to install basement egress windows in Minnesota and Wisconsin homes for more than 40 years.

After we cut the egress window hole and remove the debris, we then trim the opening with green treated lumber. The window is then secured, sealed with urethane caulk and special tape to ensure a high efficiency, insulated seal. We then install the rough cut cedar trim that can be stained or painted at a later date. We finish by anchoring the window well to the wall, backfilling it with gravel to provide drainage and help hold it in place.
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Step 5: Drain Tile Incorporation
To ensure your new window protects against moisture, our employees can incorporate a drain that ties your window well into your basement waterproofing system, if present.

As an optional step, we can even install an aesthetically pleasing window well cover that provides further protection.

Products

Code Compliant Products Mean a Safer Home

For more than 40 years, Standard Water Control has installed basement egress windows that improve the value, integrity and safety of homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Our time-tested egress windows are built with the code compliant products listed below, both of which come with an excellent manufacturer’s warranty:

ScapeWEL® Egress Window Well Systems – Made of structural plastic, the best material for egress window installation. This material won’t rust, decompose or attract termites like other materials.

Vector Windows – Featuring folding handles to eliminate interference with shades or blinds, dual weather-stripping that virtually eliminates drafts for a more comfortable, energy-efficient home, and a multi-point locking system operates from a single, low-profile lever for easy use and added security. These windows are fusion-welded, heavy-duty vinyl for low-maintenance convenience and durability, plus, the exteriors won’t peel, blister, flake or corrode.

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