Should a Window Well be Attached to Foundation?

If you’re undertaking a DIY basement project for your window wells, you may wonder if it needs to be attached to the foundation.

Whether you’re just replacing an existing window well or you’re doing a huge basement renovation, you want to make sure you’re doing everything in a way that is structurally sound and up to code, which means understanding how your window wells need to be installed.

So should it be attached to the foundation?

Attached Window Wells: Yes or No?

The answer is yes, your window wells definitely need to be attached to the foundation of your home. This is mostly for safety reasons. Depending on where you live, your window wells can brave some pretty harsh elements. It’s possible that your window wells will be used as a way to exit the basement, and when that happens, you don’t want to encounter any issues.

On top of all that, as with any other part of your house, your window wells are going to experience normal wear and tear. This will go over much better if the window wells are attached to the foundation of your home.

Window Well Safety

So what are some other points that need to be considered with window well safety? 

For one, you’ll want to make sure your window wells are set up with proper drainage. This will keep water from sitting in your window well, which could potentially lead to mold and other unwanted effects.

Something else we highly recommend is having window well covers. While they’re not required by code, they provide tremendous peace of mind for homeowners. Especially if you have children or pets that spend any amount of time in the backyard or other areas near your window wells, putting a cover on could be the difference between a peaceful afternoon and a trip to the hospital.

Making Your Window Well Beautiful

What can be done to make your window wells beautiful? Especially if you spend a significant amount of time in your basement, you may want to look at something other than that dull, whitish gray color of most window wells.

A window well liner is the perfect solution. Available in a variety of colors and styles, it’s easy to add a polished, finishing touch to your window wells, making your basement rooms a little more comfortable and a little more homey.

On top of that, they’re easy to switch up and change out, so if you want a little variety with the view from your basement windows, you don’t have to compensate. Just choose another design and swap it out!

Windowell Expressions Has Got You Covered

Windowell Expressions is your go-to destination for all your window well accessories. We’ve made it a priority to provide high quality, long lasting products that will help your house feel more like a home. Located in Salt Lake City, we’ve got you – and your window wells – covered. Contact us today to get more information!

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