When constructing basement window wells, selecting the material to hold the well’s shape requires research. Many different types of window wells are appropriate for specific climates and home designs. This guide explains the benefits and drawbacks of each and illustrates how a customized liner can round out the aesthetic appeal of basement window wells.
Pressure-treated wood is a good option, due to its attractive look. The wood type and finish can be matched to existing trim on the home. The wood can be positioned in a traditional stacked formation or cut to a specific design pattern. The drawback to using wood is its potential for rot. Moisture in the soil will eventually weaken the wood and it will require replacement.
Poured or block cement and concrete creates window wells with a clean, finished appearance. Cement is strong and durable as well as affordable. However, as with wood, the permeability of concrete weakens with long-term moisture exposure. The blocks may begin to crumble with age, requiring touch-ups to maintain firmness.
Galvanized steel is the most common material chosen to round out a window well. Metal wells are sold pre-fabricated and are bolted onto the side of the home. Metal is likely to last the longest, withstanding extreme heat, cold and all forms of precipitation. Steel wells are impervious to leaks and match any home exterior.
Composite plastic material is another water-repellent material with enough strength to create a long-lasting window well. Plastic products are often pre-made and may come with an attractive liner already in place.
Masonry brick work can be utilized to create a well that fits with the brick exterior of a classic home. Customized brick or stone gives a charming appearance while featuring resiliency and sturdiness.
Choose Your Liner Style
Once the window well itself is in place, selecting a liner to complement the interior is essential. While the actual window well construction should focus on permanence and stability, the final liner is what you will view each day. Custom liners can be manufactured to fit any window well size. They normally portray realistic, three dimensional stone work, giving the well a high-class, sophisticated finish. The liners come in many shades, and homeowners can pick the product that best coordinates with the interior room’s décor.
Once the liner is selected, choose a clear cover to finish out your window well. Covers let in light, illuminating the fashionable liner while blocking rain and snow from building up inside the hole.
Do you have a basement window needing professional repair or attention? Contact Windowell Expressions for a consultation on how the team can fortify your existing window well or create a new one, and outfit it with a stylish liner and cover to increase the safety and beauty of your home.