Window well covers do so much more than keep debris, snow and muck out of your window wells. They’re also a literal lifesaver, even if you don’t have children in the home.
A number of animals get caught in window wells every year, and it’s because the window wells are not covered or the covers are ill-maintained.
Pet owners will want to ensure their cats and dogs are safe when exploring their own land. If you have livestock such as chickens, goats, sheep or even larger animals, window well covers can help safeguard your them, and in some cases your livelihood!
A livestock animal that stumbles into a window well and breaks a bone (or worse) can lead to a devastating loss. Window well covers are the only protection unknowing animals have against taking a tumble.
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In some cases, animals might be more alert than humans (and spot a hole in the ground more easily). However, keep in mind that sometimes window well openings can be difficult to see. This happens at night, in areas that aren’t well-lit, or if debris covers much of the window well.
Area wildlife may like to take adventures on your property, too, including deer, elk, squirrels and opossums, any of which might also stumble into your window well.
Depending on the type of animals that roam your yard, you might be better off with a clear cover than a grate. Smaller animals, like kittens and squirrels, can still fall through some window well grate coverings. If this is a concern, or if you live in a wooded area, a clear cover is probably the best bet. As an added bonus, a sealed clear cover ensures that not a speck of dirt, debris or snow will enter your window well either.
However, it is of course easy for these to get covered with debris or snow. If you go with a clear cover, make sure you check it weekly (or daily during storm season) to make sure it’s cleaned off.
Prioritizing the health and safety of animals, including those that aren’t your own, is a great thing to do. You get karma points, but you’re also making sure that you won’t have to call animal control, a veterinarian or even a professional to remove a carcass if an animal gets trapped for too long or is injured in the fall.
And don’t forget about that other animal: Humans. Just because you don’t have kids in your home doesn’t mean neighborhood kids won’t take to exploring your property.
By nature, window wells can be dangerous if they’re not maintained. Luckily, it doesn’t take much time, effort or expense to make this part of your property as safe as can be. Contact Windowell Expressions for fantastic window well covering options that fit any budget.