The well-known benefit of window well covers is that they are aesthetically pleasing, giving lower-level windows a sophisticated appearance. But window well covers offer many lesser-known additional advantages.
Human and Animal Safety
Some basement window wells are considerably deep – three feet or more. If small children or dogs are playing near the hole, a fall could cause them serious injury, especially if the window shatters as a result. Another danger is that young children and petite pets may not be able to climb out on their own, stranding them and causing caretakers to believe they are missing. If you have guests on your property such as a visiting relative or a child’s friend, an accident could expose you to insurance liability damages. Installing a protective cover will eliminate this risk.
Burglars target lower-level windows. Basement windows often have specific design characteristics that allow easy egress in case of fire or other emergencies. These features make the windows weaker, an easy mark for intruders. A secure window well cover will deter thieves from using basement windows as an entry point.
Window well covers provide added protection against extreme heat and cold. Purchasing a cover made of durable polyurethane customized to fit your windows will assist in lowering basement heating and cooling costs. This is especially important for finished lower levels containing living space and bedrooms used on a daily basis.
Water Damage Protection
In the winter, covers block snow and ice from piling up adjacent to windows. While winter precipitation will not cause water damage, as soon as the built-up ice and snow begin to melt, a major leak could cause thousands of dollars in damage. Weatherproof covers eliminate this issue and keep windows dry in every season. With this protection, the windows do not face the harsh elements, so they may last longer as well.
Uncovered wells also collect leaves and sticks. Debris can clog window well drains, unless the space inside the liner is cleaned out frequently. Shielding covers remove this concern, ensuring no basement floods result due to a drain blockage.
Critters are constantly on the lookout for a small space to hunker down. Open window wells are a prime location. A rat, rabbit or squirrel family could take up residence and be expensive to get rid of, requiring the services of a trained pest removal technician. Instead, opt for well cover installation and keep unwanted rodents away from your home.
Your home is unique, and your window well covers can be as well. For specially made products and a wide range of design options, contact Windowell Expressions today for a personalized quote. Now that you are aware of how the benefits of window well covers could protect your children, pets, guests and home, it is time to take action.