Monthly Archives: October 2016

3 Benefits of Having Window Well Covers

If you’ve even considered investing in window well covers, you’ve probably asked yourself what the benefits of doing so will be. It is important to make sure you get your money’s worth, and that your time and efforts to choose a reputable company and a good cover are worthwhile. There are many reasons why having a window well cover will benefit your home and family. Keep reading for three of these benefits!

Benefit #1: Well-being

Window wells are a helpful and essential part of your home. However, these window wells can be a fall hazard when small family members and pets are playing in the yard. The last thing you want is for someone to forget about or not see the window well, and fall in. That is why one of the benefits of having a window well cover is for the well-being of your family and visitors. A window well cover will keep others from falling into the well, even if they accidentally step on the grates.

Window wells also provide natural light to what would otherwise be a very dark living space. A window well cover allows you to continue to enjoy the benefits of natural sunlight while protecting those playing in the yard. You may even save a few bucks on your electric bill too!

Benefit #2: Protection

Besides protecting you and your loved ones from an unnecessary fall, window well covers protect your home from water damage. The cover can keep out much of the heavy snowfall Utahns are used to, and keep that snow from piling up against the windows. And when the time comes for the snow to melt, you won’t be over-burdening your window well drainage system either. Window well covers can also help keep leaves, twigs, and other debris from falling into your window well. This means you’ll have to clean out the well less, and the drainage system is much less likely to be compromised.

When properly latched, window well covers are nearly impossible to enter from the outside. This is great news for homeowners because if ever an intruder targets your home, you can rest easy knowing they won’t gain access through your window wells! With a window well cover you can make it impossible for burglars to get in, while still giving your family an escape route in emergency situations.

Benefit #3: Aesthetics

There are many benefits to having a window well, but when viewed as part of the overall aesthetics of the home, a hole in the ground is not that appealing. By adding a window well cover, you can transform a simple hole into a beautiful and intentional element of your home. Not only will a cover improve the look of your home, it will improve the value as well. And with an added barrier between your home and leaves, twigs, and trash, your wells will stay more presentable as well.

For added well-being of your family, protection and more aesthetics for your home, contact Windowell Expressions today for a personalized quote on window well covers.

Keeping Leaves Out of My Window Wells

There are so many fun things about fall—leaves changing, pumpkin carving, sweaters and hot chocolate. There are also some not so fun things about fall – decaying leaves all over your yard, cold weather and lots of rain, maybe even some snow. While you can, and definitely should, enjoy the good things about fall with your family and friends, it’s important to prepare for the downside of fall too.

When it comes to the care of your home, falling leaves and fall weather should be high on your priority list. Letting those leaves decay on your lawn, especially if they happen to get covered in a layer of snow, can wreak havoc on your lawn come springtime. If your home and yard aren’t in good condition to handle the extra precipitation that comes from the fall weather, you may have to deal with flooding issues. One thing you can do to protect your home this fall is to keep leaves out of your window wells.

Flooding

Windows wells are a great way to shed some extra light into your basement, and it can also serve as an emergency exit. But if not properly taken care of, window wells can be a source of flooding in your basement.

When window wells are installed, a drainage system is put in place to move any excess water away from your home. This works very well until debris works its way into your window well, blocking that drainage system. One culprit of such blockages are leaves.

When leaves make their way into your window well it not only creates an unpleasant view from your window but it also threatens proper drainage.

To avoid hiring a professional to come out and rework your drainage system, either partially or with intense construction, it’s important to keep your window well clear of leaves, twigs, rocks, and dirt.

Autumn texture of yellow fallen leaves

Raking

So how can you keep all of the beautiful fall leaves from building up in your window well and potentially leading to water damage or flooding in your basement? The answer is good old-fashioned hard work with a rake. When your leaves start to fall, enlist the help of your children to rake up the leaves. You can even spend some time jumping into them so there it’s not all work and no play.

Window Well Cover

Realistically you’d love to always rake your leaves. But what do you do when life gets in the way and you’re unable to rake? Or if you have several mature trees that are simply too much to keep up with? The answer is a clear window well cover from Windowell Expressions. The clear window well covers will still allow light into your basement while protecting your well from falling leaves. For more information about how to clear window well covers installed before the falling leaves get out of hand, contact Windowell Expressions today!