GJ MacRae Foundation Repair

The Original Wetbasements Experts – Since 1975

Egress Window & Wall Cutout in Toronto

Are you looking for a reliable, professional egress window installation in Toronto? 

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Egress Windows Toronto: Building A Safer Home

Window openings on regular days are just an outlet to enjoy your home’s natural light and fresh air. But an egress window can also act as a method of escape from your basement should an emergency arise. The functionality of an egress window is such that it fulfills every requirement of a standard window but also provides enough opening to use it to step out of during situations like a fire, flood, a blocked door, or other emergencies, an egress window can be a lifesaving escape route for you and your family. 

Whether you need to protect yourself during unforeseen events or make your basement livable and functional, GJ MacRae is the leading egress window installer in Toronto. We have served the GTA, Hamilton, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Toronto, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown, and surrounding areas since 1975. Call us for a free estimate for your property’s egress window installation! 

Egress Window Requirements in Toronto

Egress Window Types

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Casement Type Egress Window

These windows feature a single sash that swings outward using a crank mechanism. Casement egress windows provide excellent ventilation and unobstructed views when fully opened.

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Slider Type Egress Window

Sliding egress windows have sashes that slide horizontally to open and close. They are a space-saving option and are often chosen for their ease of operation and contemporary look.

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Hopper Type Egress Window

Hopper egress windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top. They are often installed in basements and are suitable for small window openings.

Our Egress Window Installation Process


When you hire us for your egress window installation, we’ll first inspect your property to locate a suitable space to install the window. From checking the space’s structural integrity to assessing your windows to understanding your requirements, our experts will consider all the necessary information to create an installation plan tailored to your home’s needs.


We focus on clearing the area required for the window installation without causing any damage to your outdoor landscaping or below ground utilities.


In this step, we trace the outline of your new window opening and cut a new window opening with a concrete water saw.


Once the window cutout has been completed, we meticulously place the egress window on the cutout and ensure that the placement is aligned for optimum functionality and aesthetics.


Once the installation work is complete, our workers will clean the work site. We then double-check the egress window to ensure the job is done right and apply white cement repair around the window to prevent moisture from seeping in.

Benefits of Egress Window

Are you wondering whether you should install egress windows in your home? Here are some of the benefits:

Egress windows are used as an alternative to emergency exits in case of fire, evasion, or other emergencies. They allow the occupants to quickly and safely escape the premises without any difficulty.

Installing egress windows in your home complies with the building codes and regulations. For habitable premises, especially basements, a secondary means of exit is crucial, and an egress window does precisely that.

Egress windows provide the much-needed natural light and ventilation for the basement room, making the area well-lit and comfortable for the occupants. Installing it can reduce the need to invest in artificial lighting and ventilation systems.

Installing egress windows in your house increases its value and marketability. Buyers are more likely to be attracted to properties with safety features and well-lit and functional basement spaces. Thus, it increases the valuation of your property.

With the addition of egress windows, basements can be transformed into functional living areas, such as bedrooms, home offices, or recreational rooms. This maximizes the usable square footage of the home and improves its livability.

Egress windows facilitate access for emergency responders in the event of a fire or medical emergency, allowing them to enter or evacuate occupants more efficiently.


Why Choose GJ MacRae for Egress Window Installations in Toronto?

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A Word from Our Customers

Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown
We had a leak from two sources in our furnace room, that occurred after a moderate to heavy rainfall. We hired GJ Macrae to excavate by the outside wall, repair the cracks and protect the wall with a membrane and mesh. Part of the trench had to be dug by hand, due to a gas line, and part could be done by machine. The GJ Macrae team were all very skilled and professional, and completed the job in three days. Now the trench has been refilled with the earth and gravel and it will take some time for the ground to settle. We have had a few heavy rains since the job was completed, and our basement is now completely dry! We highly recommend GJ Macrae!
Robert Sraka
Robert Sraka
From our initial discussion with Dean through to the completion of the project I was most impressed with knowledge and professionalism. We had foundation damage from a tree root and they took the time to explain what was required and the steps involved in rectifying the situation. I highly recommend GJ MacRae for any foundation work you may need.
Wendy M
Wendy M
The extremely labour-intensive work done on our heritage home basement by the staff at GJ MacRae was nothing but impressive! They handled it all with great care, attention and finesse every step of the way. Thank you!
Lisa Nicholson
Lisa Nicholson
Our experience with Gavin went very well. We are very pleased with the quality of work that was done. They did an excellent job repairing the leaks and the cleanup was great too. Gavin was a pleasure to deal with. He was very professional and pleasant. We highly recommend this company.
Stephanie Williams
Stephanie Williams
Honest, courteous, thorough, professional, reliable, on-time, clean and trustworthy. Solved our home’s basement water concerns caused from living on the flood plain (water table). Would definitely recommend GJMacRae Ltd as the company to fix your wet basement. Dean and his crew’s attention to detail solved the various challenges of our 91 year old home.
Maria Aleman
Maria Aleman
Dean, came out right away after we noticed water in our basement and provided an estimate. Communication with him was easy and he answered all my questions. Work was done within the week. I had a great experience and will recommend to others.
Jakob Backstrom
Jakob Backstrom
Gavin and his team did a great job. Right from quoting the job I had confidence they can do the job well and had the experience. Great videos on their website really help you understand what’s involved in foundation repair.
Job was done in 2 days which I was amazed it could be done that quickly! That’s a lot of pails of concrete and rock that had to be shuttled in and out of the house! The guys were all very friendly and let me know everything that was being done and answered all my questions! The bowed wall looks solidly supported now with carbon fibre strapping and the water found beneath the floor is now being safely routed through newly installed Plastic Weeper to our sump. We now have peace of mind that we can finish the basement with no leaks or crumbling walls! Thankyou Gavin, Maggi, Ricardo and Jay!
Debra Gold
Debra Gold
We would like to express our gratitude to G.J. McRae for the exceptional job they did in restoring our peace of mind. Every time it rained or snowed, our basement would leak, causing us great distress. However, the crew from G.J. McRae arrived promptly, worked diligently, and efficiently resolved the issue. They even left our backyard in excellent condition, cleaning up after themselves. We cannot thank you enough for the outstanding service and for making us feel confident that the problem is now completely resolved. We are so happy to be able to not worry about this any longer.
Tricia LaDouceur
Tricia LaDouceur
Workers were on time and professional. Quality and value for money. My only issue was the concrete poured was a little uneven causing a small lip near the drain. We managed to smooth it out. Would highly recommend GJ MacRae Foundation Repair.

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Nobody likes a leaky basement, and we have the perfect solution. Having over 48 years of experience in the basement waterproofing industry, we are the ideal team for your house’s interior basement waterproofing in Toronto. If you are suffering from a leaky basement and can’t stand that musty smell from your basement, call us today.

We provide basement waterproofing services in Toronto and the surrounding areas such as Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Milton, and Georgetown. Plus, we provide services all year round. For more information, call us at (905) 824-2557 or fill out the contact form below.


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At GJ MacRae, we take pride in extending our services across the GTA to meet our valued customers’ unique needs, and our dedicated team is committed to delivering top-notch solutions all year long. Our expansive service areas are a testament to our unwavering commitment to the highest quality foundation repair services and customer satisfaction in the GTA.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of installing an egress window in Toronto depends on the size of the window, the window type, and the installation complexity. You can expect to pay between $4,500 and $5,500 per window, including the labor and material cost.

The installation time is subjective to each installation project. Generally, the installation of egress windows can take one to three days. This includes setting the foundation, wall cutout, window installation, and finishing the surrounding area.

Yes, egress windows require regular maintenance to function properly and efficiently. The maintenance involves checking the window seals to prevent leaks, cracks, or damage, ensuring the windows open easily, and cleaning the windows well to eliminate debris build-up.

Yes, egress windows can increase your home’s value. They make the basement legally compliant and livable, and they also increase its safety, which is an important selling point for potential buyers.

Expert Waterproofing Services for Your Home

GJ MacRae Foundation Repair has been the industry leader for reliable basement waterproofing in the Greater Toronto Area Since 1975. Nearly five decades of experience inform our proven multi-stage repair process based on below-grade drainage considerations that allow us to waterproof concrete blocks, poured walls, and stone rubble foundation walls properly for the long term. Our repair solutions for leaking foundation cracks include using bitumen-based barrier membranes and high-efficiency weeping tile systems, which give us the edge in reliability and allow for the most robust foundation repair warranty available today in the GTA. Experience the GJ MacRae difference for year-round basement leak repairs in Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Milton, and Georgetown. If you spot cracked foundation walls, leaky foundations, or any other basement waterproofing issues in your house, reach out and call us today at (905) 824-2557.

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