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Basement Window Wells: Reasons for Having Them

There are many reasons why your basement should have window wells. While window wells are not a total necessity, they come with many benefits and play an essential part in the function, security, and safety of your home and loved ones. 

Continue scrolling to learn more about the reasons to have basement window wells.

Basement Window Wells Help Save Lives

Building codes all across the nation require an additional escape route in basement bedrooms in case of an emergency. While not all rooms in basements are meant to be bedrooms, it’s not bad to have egress windows throughout your basement. To make an emergency exit quick and easy, you’ll need a ladder attached to your well. If you prefer covers on your wells, there are options available with quick-release locking features that easily open and allow for a quick escape.

Basement Window Wells Let in the Light

Basements are notoriously known for feeling and looking like a cave. However, basements with window wells are much lighter and brighter because of the larger windows wells can accommodate. Basement windows offer a considerable amount of natural light by providing a clear path for sunlight to pour into your home. Even with a window well cover or grate, plenty of natural light can flood into your basement.

You can make your basement feel even brighter with a light-colored window well liner. Many of the liner options will complement your design and aesthetic. These long-lasting liners are an extension of your style and reflect light, making your basement feel as light as the rest of your home.

Basement Window Wells Lower Utility Bills

On top of making your basement feel lighter, the sun rays that the basement window well let in significantly lower your monthly utility bills. These rays offer light and warmth to an otherwise dark and typically cold space, lowering both your electricity and gas bill. Win-win!

Covered Basement Window Wells Protect Your Home

A covered basement window well helps protect your loved ones from accidents. Too often, a child is playing outside, or an adult loses their footing, ending up in the bottom of a window well. A cover on your wells will prevent these types of injuries. Additionally, covering your wells can increase your home’s security against unwanted trespassers and intruders. Someone trying to break into your home won’t want to fuss with window well covers and move on.

Another way covers can preserve your home is the protection they offer against the harsh elements. Window wells full of snow or flooded with rain can lead to leaky windows and cause costly water damage. Window well covers will help keep your home dry! Lastly, covered window wells deter unwelcome vermin, such as snakes, rodents, frogs, insects, and spiders. Wells free of leaves, weeds, garbage, and other debris will not attract critters.

Contact Windowell Expressions

Homeowners and contractors across the Wasatch Front trust the experts at Windowell Expressions for their basement window well and cover needs. Whatever your reasoning for using window wells in your home, we are here to help and fulfill those needs. Let Windowell Expressions hide your ugly with window wells, covers, liners, and more. Contact us today!

Plastic vs. Steel Grate Window Well Covers

Window wells offer several benefits to your home. They allow extra natural light into your home’s basement, and they provide an alternate exit in the event of an emergency. Your basement is a more enjoyable place to live; it is also a safer place for your loved ones to dwell. On the other hand, window wells require regular upkeep, frequent cleaning, and, if uncovered, hazardous to people and animals and the perfect place for trespassers to hide. Thankfully, window well covers easily address most of these downsides.

When it comes to window well covers, you have two main options: steel grate covers and plastic covers. Both options come with many advantages, so below is an overview of each to help you determine which type of cover is best for your home.

Steel Grate Window Well Covers

Homeowners love steel grate window well covers because they are attractive, effective, practical, and economical. They offer additional protection to homes against intruders and help loved ones avoid falls and accidents. Steel grates, however, cannot provide 100% protection against the weather and debris. Leaves, water, insects, and other small animals can easily make their way into your wells between the bars on the covers.

Steel grates are easy to clean, are rust-resistant, and will last for years. Despite the metal bars on these covers, they allow plenty of sunlight into basement windows.

Plastic Window Well Covers

Plastic window well covers are a “clear” choice for many homeowners. They are made from durable polycarbonate. This hard-wearing material helps the covers withstand heavy snow and rainstorms, the heat from the sun’s rays, and carries a surprising amount of weight. This means your pets, children, and any accidental missteps onto the cover will not result in a fall. Not only are you protected against accidents, but your home is also further protected your home from unwelcome visitors (humans and critters alike).

These clear covers are ideal because they complement all types of architecture, style, and design for homes. They are both cost-effective and attractive. Additionally, homeowners love this transparent option because it lets the maximum amount of natural light into their basements. There are no metal bars to obstruct the light shining in, which means an extra dose of vitamin D and less money spent on utility bills.

Unlike steel grate covers, plastic covers will protect your wells entirely from the elements. Flash floods, snowmelt, and wind-blown debris will not find their way into your wells, leaving you worry-free concerning leaks, foundational damage, and clearing out your wells.

Contact Windowell Expressions

It’s up to you to decide which kind of window well cover is best suited for you and your home. Whether you choose plastic or steel grate, Windowell Expressions has you covered (pun intended!). We offer the highest quality window well covers and more to help your home be safer, look better, and hide the ugly on your house. Contact Windowell Expressions today to find out more about the products and services we offer!