Monthly Archives: March 2018

Window Wells – Emergency Escape Plan

Having a fire in your home can be a very scary experience. It’s never something you want to happen, but something that is important to plan for. Whether you find yourself in the upstairs, the main level, or the basement of your home when you smell smoke, you need to be prepared and know exactly how to react. Talk to your family family members about your upstairs escape plan in case of an emergency. When it comes to your basement, your window wells plan a big part in allowing your family to get out safely. Here’s what you need to know about basement window wells and your emergency escape plan.

Smoke and the heat can make people confused and disoriented. That is why there needs to be close options for escape no matter where you are in the home. By law, basements that have bedrooms where occupants may be sleeping are required to have an emergency egress window well to allow your family members to escape quickly and safely.

Your egress window should be 5.7 square feet of opening that is no more than 44 inches off the floor. It should be easy to open from the inside. If you live in a newer home, your windows will already meet these standards.  (If you live in an older home and you’re basement windows aren’t as easy to use as an emergency exit as they should be, it is worth considering doing a renovation project to update them.)

But you can’t ensure safety just by having an egress window. You also need to consider your window well. If you don’t have one you’ll want to plan for basement window well installation. After exiting the window, your family members will most often be faced with metal window wells. If the window well is too deep, it will be difficult for certain family members to use as an escape. You will need to install a ladder, or perhaps put in a window well liner that will better assist your family in an emergency.

Lastly, many homeowners like to keep metal grate window well covers over their window wells to keep people from falling in as well as eliminating debris build up. This can also keep an escape route clear, but it needs to be easily opened from the inside. If you’ve gone with DIY window well covers, you may want to consider custom window well covers. Not only will you be sure that your family can open them easily from the inside, but you’ll be able to lock them so intruders stay out. You can also choose a clear window well cover rather than the traditional grate to keep even more debris and even snow and water out of your window wells.

If you’re wondering, “Where can I find custom window well covers near me?” look no further than Windowell Expressions. They can help you install a window well liner as well as, grate, clear, or custom window well covers.

What Do Foundation Liners Do?

As you drive through your neighborhood and admire the landscaping and the exterior of your neighbor’s homes, you may notice something that seems to set some of the houses apart more than just a well-manicured lawn. At the base of their homes there is an attractive lining that looks like rock or stone. It is usually in a coordinating color and seems to tie their entire house and yard together for a cohesive, and prestigious look. This is a foundation liner. Besides catching your eye, what do foundation liners do?

A foundation liner wraps around the outside of a home at ground-level. They serve to protect your home, add home value, and of course, look good.

Added Protection

Because your foundation is the base of your entire home, it is important that it is in good condition and stays that way. You may not think there is anyway to protect your foundation after the cement has been poured, but that’s where a foundation liner comes in handy. A foundation liner is an extra layer of protection. It helps to keep your foundation safe from the natural wear and tear that happens over time.

Weather, especially extreme temperatures and lots of moisture, can take its toll on your foundation. The soil grade and the placement of your home on your property can also affect the condition of your foundation. If you have an issue with pests or bugs making themselves at home, your extra layer of protection from a foundation liner can help keep them at bay. Avoid or delay one of the most costly repairs a homeowner can face –  a new foundation – by adding a foundation liner to your home.

Added Value

When your foundation is better protected, and thus lasts longer, you immediately increase the value of your home. As you keep water out (that can cause thousands and thousands of dollars worth of damage) you are saving yourself lots of money, stress, and adding more value to your home. Your home is also more valuable as you keep pests and bugs out. When you consider the benefits of curb appeal that a foundation liner bring to your home, it is just one more way that a foundation liner adds value to your home.

Added Aesthetics

Last, but certainly not least, your foundation liner makes your home look great. Just as baseboards and crown moulding finish off a room, so will a foundation liner become the finishing touch to your home. Windowell Expressions offers a variety of foundation liner styles to choose from, including many different patterns, colors, and textures. No matter what style your home is, Windowell Expressions can help you find a foundation liner to compliment it.

Besides helping you find a foundation liner, Windowell Expressions also offers egress window well covers. Whether you’re looking for bubble window well covers, metal window well grates, or a customer window well cover, Windowell Expressions can help. And if you are need to have your egress well replaced? Not to worry! With years of experience, Windowell Expressions can help with any window well installation. Don’t wait to contact them for any of your foundation liner or window well needs.