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Galvanized Window Wells: Pros and Cons

Adding window wells to your basement is not only a requirement for safety, but it can really do a lot to make your basement space more enjoyable.

Egress windows are required in basements to allow you and your family to safely escape in case of a fire or other emergency. But not only that, your window well will allow you to have more natural light in your basement which will be a mood booster and can save you money on your utilities!

If you’ve never considered basement window well installation before, you may not realize that there are different material options to choose from. Here’s a closer look at the pros and cons of one option, galvanized window wells.

The Pros of Galvanized Window Wells

One of the benefits of having galvanized window wells, as with any kind of window well, is that you will get much more light into your basement than you otherwise would have.

Metal window wells are the most used type of window well, which means they’re going to be easily accessible.

You’ll be able to get the correct materials for a window well of just about any size, and you won’t have to wait for any special parts to be ordered. If you’re in a hurry to get your basement remodel or your new construction completed as quickly as possible, galvanized window wells are also quick to install which could make a big difference for many homeowners.

Because of the accessibility this also means that galvanized window wells are an affordable option for your window well.

The galvanized metal will help to prevent rusting.

The Cons of Galvanized Window Wells

One of the biggest cons to installing galvanized window wells is that they are not very attractive. They are plain to look at, and can even be a downright eyesore!

Another con is that in some cases, depending on the size and depth of your metal window well, the metal may not be enough to hold back the ground.

Backfill that is too heavy or with excessively wet ground the window well may bow. If left unchecked the metal could even fail leaving you with a big mess to clean up.

There are many pros to adding a galvanized window well to your home, but the cons may have you hesitating and wondering if there are any other options. One option to make your galvanized window well more appealing is to add a window well liner.

Windowell Expressions offers liners that make the view from your basement window much more enjoyable. With the ability to customize your liner by choosing from a variety of colors and textures, you’ll be able to compliment any design.

Windowell Expressions Liners make the surface of your egress window well easy to clean and it will help to reflect even more light into your home.

If you have a window wells, don’t forget about adding an egress window well covers. Whether you need rectangular window well covers or custom window well covers, Windowell Expressions can help. For all of your window well liner and window well cover needs, choose Windowell Expressions.

 

How To Plan To Get Out of Your Basement in the Case of An Emergency

Planning for an emergency can be a daunting task, but it is one that is necessary if you are going to keep your family members safe and prepared should the worst and unexpected happen.

If you’re upstairs in your home you likely know whether the front door, the garage, or other doors and windows will be the fastest and safest to use as an escape. But what about your basement? It may be less obvious, and will be even less so during an emergency.

That’s why it’s important to develop a strategy for escape from any area of the home. Here’s how to plan to get out of your basement in the case of an emergency.

First, you need to make sure the basement of your home has egress windows and a window well. If your windows aren’t large enough to meet the safety standards you’ll want to upgrade your windows so that they are bigger. They should be no less than 5.7 square feet in size, and no more than 44 inches off the floor. It should open easily without any keys or tools. If you don’t have an egress window well, you’ll also want to plan on basement window well installation.

Your window well needs to have at least nine square feet of ground space (at least three on each side). If it is 44 inches below ground or more you need to have a permanently-affixed ladder or steps inside to allow shorter occupants to escape. In order to make your basement safer, you may want to keep a ladder near the window as an extra safety measure.

As you physically practice your escape routes with your family (yes, you should have a written plan and practice it periodically with your family members) be sure you include your basement. This is one way to be sure that you have a plan in place to get out of your basement in case of an emergency. With practice, your family won’t have any trouble knowing how and where best to escape your home from any starting position.

In your planning and the execution of said plan, you may be wondering how different window well cover sizes and materials affect your emergency escape.

Whether you buy window well covers from Home Depot, or window well covers from Lowe’s, you want to make sure they are easy to open from the inside but can be locked from the outside to keep intruders away.

Clear or bubble window well covers are a great way to keep your egress window well clear of debris that may make it harder to escape (and as a bonus, it also lets in a lot of light during non-emergencies!) If you have odd shaped window wells you may need to consider getting custom window well covers.

Windowell Expressions can help you find the custom window well cover, standard grate, or clear window well cover of your choice to best fit your family’s needs.