How Bright Idea Re-engineered the Egress Window Installation Process

Step 1: Understand the Process and How Bright Idea Works for You

Before placing your order, we recommend you take pictures of your intended location for an egress window (interior and exterior), forward them to us, and call for a free phone consultation. We are here to help ensure the egress window installation process is positive for you and your home.

Does your your home match the criteria for a Bright Idea egress window kit?

  • Do you have good drainage?
  • Are your gutter downspouts directed correctly?
  • Do you have issues with gutter overflow in this location?
  • Do your gutters and downspouts work properly in the heaviest of rains?
  • Have you reviewed the drainage code for your local municipality?

Have you identified an installer?

What are your permit requirements?

Do you have a vision for finishing your space?

Measure for your egress window installlation.

Choose which part of the wall you think will have the best available light and blend best with the the exterior of your home. Remove everything such as wires, pipes, and other utilities that could block the way. If you want direct sunlight as an option, it is best to position the window to face east or south.

If you have an older home, you should pre-excavate and verify condition of your foundation before ordering your kit.

We recommend you watch our installation video and review other resources to help you understand our easy install process.

Step 2: Preparation

To facilitate the speedy installation of your Bright Idea basement egress window, clear furniture and blinds from around the window. Enclose the small section of your basement around the window in a plastic sheet to minimize the mess. Protect your landscaping and pathways to the full extent possible using tarps and plywood.

Step 3: Excavation

Our corrugated window well is designed to minimize excavation using a smaller footprint and connection flanges that uniquely face the inside. With our unique interior flange, you only need to excavate the footprint of the window well, versus needing to dig significantly a greater amount of soil outside of the window as required to fasten the more common exterior flange well design. Less excavation additionally results in less structural impact on your foundation. Set aside a few hours for manual excavation, but you'll appreciate another benefit of our design is that it involves digging, hauling and disposing of significantly less excavated soil.

concrete saw for cutting foundation

Step 4: Concrete Cutting

Once the hole is excavated and secured, cut the hole in your foundation using concrete cutting saws to enlarge the opening in your foundation wall. All the cutting is done from the outside, and while the egress window well process is noisy and wet, most of the mess remains on the outside of the wall. The block of concrete from the opening (typically 800 pounds) is carefully removed and hauled away for disposal.

Step 5: Window Installation

Bright Idea has transformed the egress window well installation process to improve the structural stability of your foundation, increase the amount of glass relative to the opening, and improve the long-term wear of the window framing.

By framing the window opening with the single-piece steel ExoFrame™ rather than 8 pieces of wood, our solution ensures your egress window opening is now the strongest part of your foundation wall instead of the weakest. Because our steel ExoFrame is so much thinner than wood 2x8s used by other egress window installers, you’ll get a larger area of glass relative to the size of the opening in your foundation wall. And of course, steel framing is not susceptible to termites, mold or rot.

Set the egress window in the opening, fasten to the ExoFrame with supplied fasteners, and seal the edges with a high-quality, weather-resistant silicone caulk.

Step 6: Window Well Installation

The most critical aspect of your egress window well installation is maintaining positive drainage of moisture away from the foundation. To ensure proper drainage, carefully tamp down the back-filled dirt around your well and installs 500 to 1000 lb of rock in the floor of the hole below the level of the window sill.