How to pick window well covers

Posted Mar 31, 2021 in Waterproofing, Window Wells and Covers

Covered window well

Win­dow wells pro­vide access to your base­ment win­dows and give the out­side of your house a fin­ished appear­ance. If you don’t put win­dow well cov­ers over the open­ings, debris col­lects in them. Open wells might pro­vide easy access into your home for bur­glars. Chil­dren and pets can fall into the uncov­ered open­ings. Before you pur­chase any cov­ers, check with the local build­ing codes regard­ing their usage. Some munic­i­pal­i­ties do not allow cov­ers on win­dows that might be need­ed as an emer­gency exit.

1. Choose win­dow well cov­ers made from durable, rust­proof materials.

While clear plas­tic bub­bles are avail­able to cov­er the win­dow wells, you must replace them peri­od­i­cal­ly because they dam­age eas­i­ly. Pick base­ment win­dow cov­ers made of alu­minum, steel or poly­car­bon­ate mate­ri­als. Each of these mate­ri­als is durable and maintenance-free.

2. Pick base­ment win­dow cov­ers that fit inside the win­dow well, if possible.

They pro­vide more secu­ri­ty because they lock in place. You are less like­ly to bump the cov­ers off their frame.

3. Select cov­ers that can sup­port the weight.

This isn’t as impor­tant for a win­dow that opens onto a flowerbed, but it is impor­tant for a well that opens below a deck. If some­one acci­den­tal­ly steps off the deck­ing and onto the cov­er, you want the cov­er to sup­port him.

4. Buy win­dow well cov­ers that have a good warranty.

Look for war­ranties that offer sev­er­al years of coverage.

5. Select a style that match­es the exte­ri­or of your house and that does what you want it to do.

Pick rein­forced mesh if you want bet­ter pro­tec­tion for chil­dren. Mesh allows more light into the base­ment than some oth­er styles. Clas­sic bars keep debris out and pro­vide secu­ri­ty for your base­ment win­dows. Poly­car­bon­ate in steel frames is stur­dy and allows plen­ty of light into the base­ment. It’s not air­tight, but it does restrict air­flow into the base­ment windows.

6. Deter­mine if you need a flat win­dow well cov­er or a bub­ble style.

If the top of the win­dow extends above the win­dow well, choose a bub­ble cov­er. Decide if your win­dow wells are round, elon­gat­ed ovals, or rectangular.

7. Select the right size well cov­er for the opening.

Mea­sure the width of the win­dow well where the well attach­es to the house. Mea­sure from the cen­ter point on the open­ing to the wall to get the pro­jec­tion. Mea­sure from the top of the well to the top of the win­dow to deter­mine the height. Use that infor­ma­tion along with the shape to order the win­dow well cov­ers. If cov­ers aren’t avail­able to fit the size and shape, order cus­tom-made base­ment well covers

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