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How To Plan To Get Out of Your Basement in the Case of An Emergency

Planning for an emergency can be a daunting task, but it is one that is necessary if you are going to keep your family members safe and prepared should the worst and unexpected happen.

If you’re upstairs in your home you likely know whether the front door, the garage, or other doors and windows will be the fastest and safest to use as an escape. But what about your basement? It may be less obvious, and will be even less so during an emergency.

That’s why it’s important to develop a strategy for escape from any area of the home. Here’s how to plan to get out of your basement in the case of an emergency.

First, you need to make sure the basement of your home has egress windows and a window well. If your windows aren’t large enough to meet the safety standards you’ll want to upgrade your windows so that they are bigger. They should be no less than 5.7 square feet in size, and no more than 44 inches off the floor. It should open easily without any keys or tools. If you don’t have an egress window well, you’ll also want to plan on basement window well installation.

Your window well needs to have at least nine square feet of ground space (at least three on each side). If it is 44 inches below ground or more you need to have a permanently-affixed ladder or steps inside to allow shorter occupants to escape. In order to make your basement safer, you may want to keep a ladder near the window as an extra safety measure.

As you physically practice your escape routes with your family (yes, you should have a written plan and practice it periodically with your family members) be sure you include your basement. This is one way to be sure that you have a plan in place to get out of your basement in case of an emergency. With practice, your family won’t have any trouble knowing how and where best to escape your home from any starting position.

In your planning and the execution of said plan, you may be wondering how different window well cover sizes and materials affect your emergency escape.

Whether you buy window well covers from Home Depot, or window well covers from Lowe’s, you want to make sure they are easy to open from the inside but can be locked from the outside to keep intruders away.

Clear or bubble window well covers are a great way to keep your egress window well clear of debris that may make it harder to escape (and as a bonus, it also lets in a lot of light during non-emergencies!) If you have odd shaped window wells you may need to consider getting custom window well covers.

Windowell Expressions can help you find the custom window well cover, standard grate, or clear window well cover of your choice to best fit your family’s needs.

Window Wells – Emergency Escape Plan

Having a fire in your home can be a very scary experience. It’s never something you want to happen, but something that is important to plan for. Whether you find yourself in the upstairs, the main level, or the basement of your home when you smell smoke, you need to be prepared and know exactly how to react. Talk to your family family members about your upstairs escape plan in case of an emergency. When it comes to your basement, your window wells plan a big part in allowing your family to get out safely. Here’s what you need to know about basement window wells and your emergency escape plan.

Smoke and the heat can make people confused and disoriented. That is why there needs to be close options for escape no matter where you are in the home. By law, basements that have bedrooms where occupants may be sleeping are required to have an emergency egress window well to allow your family members to escape quickly and safely.

Your egress window should be 5.7 square feet of opening that is no more than 44 inches off the floor. It should be easy to open from the inside. If you live in a newer home, your windows will already meet these standards.  (If you live in an older home and you’re basement windows aren’t as easy to use as an emergency exit as they should be, it is worth considering doing a renovation project to update them.)

But you can’t ensure safety just by having an egress window. You also need to consider your window well. If you don’t have one you’ll want to plan for basement window well installation. After exiting the window, your family members will most often be faced with metal window wells. If the window well is too deep, it will be difficult for certain family members to use as an escape. You will need to install a ladder, or perhaps put in a window well liner that will better assist your family in an emergency.

Lastly, many homeowners like to keep metal grate window well covers over their window wells to keep people from falling in as well as eliminating debris build up. This can also keep an escape route clear, but it needs to be easily opened from the inside. If you’ve gone with DIY window well covers, you may want to consider custom window well covers. Not only will you be sure that your family can open them easily from the inside, but you’ll be able to lock them so intruders stay out. You can also choose a clear window well cover rather than the traditional grate to keep even more debris and even snow and water out of your window wells.

If you’re wondering, “Where can I find custom window well covers near me?” look no further than Windowell Expressions. They can help you install a window well liner as well as, grate, clear, or custom window well covers.

What Do Foundation Liners Do?

As you drive through your neighborhood and admire the landscaping and the exterior of your neighbor’s homes, you may notice something that seems to set some of the houses apart more than just a well-manicured lawn. At the base of their homes there is an attractive lining that looks like rock or stone. It is usually in a coordinating color and seems to tie their entire house and yard together for a cohesive, and prestigious look. This is a foundation liner. Besides catching your eye, what do foundation liners do?

A foundation liner wraps around the outside of a home at ground-level. They serve to protect your home, add home value, and of course, look good.

Added Protection

Because your foundation is the base of your entire home, it is important that it is in good condition and stays that way. You may not think there is anyway to protect your foundation after the cement has been poured, but that’s where a foundation liner comes in handy. A foundation liner is an extra layer of protection. It helps to keep your foundation safe from the natural wear and tear that happens over time.

Weather, especially extreme temperatures and lots of moisture, can take its toll on your foundation. The soil grade and the placement of your home on your property can also affect the condition of your foundation. If you have an issue with pests or bugs making themselves at home, your extra layer of protection from a foundation liner can help keep them at bay. Avoid or delay one of the most costly repairs a homeowner can face –  a new foundation – by adding a foundation liner to your home.

Added Value

When your foundation is better protected, and thus lasts longer, you immediately increase the value of your home. As you keep water out (that can cause thousands and thousands of dollars worth of damage) you are saving yourself lots of money, stress, and adding more value to your home. Your home is also more valuable as you keep pests and bugs out. When you consider the benefits of curb appeal that a foundation liner bring to your home, it is just one more way that a foundation liner adds value to your home.

Added Aesthetics

Last, but certainly not least, your foundation liner makes your home look great. Just as baseboards and crown moulding finish off a room, so will a foundation liner become the finishing touch to your home. Windowell Expressions offers a variety of foundation liner styles to choose from, including many different patterns, colors, and textures. No matter what style your home is, Windowell Expressions can help you find a foundation liner to compliment it.

Besides helping you find a foundation liner, Windowell Expressions also offers egress window well covers. Whether you’re looking for bubble window well covers, metal window well grates, or a customer window well cover, Windowell Expressions can help. And if you are need to have your egress well replaced? Not to worry! With years of experience, Windowell Expressions can help with any window well installation. Don’t wait to contact them for any of your foundation liner or window well needs.

 

Pros To Bubble Window Well Covers

If you’re looking for a window well covers for your home, you’ll quickly find that there are many options to choose from. Whether you’re shopping at Lowe’s for window well covers, or window well covers from Amazon, you may be wondering which to choose… a standard grate window well cover or a clear bubble window well cover? While both have their place, pros, and cons, today you can explore all of the pros to bubble window well covers.

If you’re not sure what the bubble window well cover looks like exactly, think of the Maccourt W4418. Bubble and clear window well covers are clear, made from sturdy plastics, and are used to cover up your window wells. One of their many benefits is added security for your home.

Security

When used and installed properly, your bubble window well cover can keep intruders out of your home. The covers are made from strong materials and when locked from the inside, they cannot be opened from the outside.

Safety

Besides added security from people you don’t want getting in, your bubble window well covers provide safety for the people inside your home. Though they are impossible to open from the outside, the covers are easy to open from the inside. This is crucial when it comes to emergency situations. In fact, your home is required to have an egress window so that your family members can easily escape. Egress window well covers allow your family to be able to easily exit the basement, especially if they are unable to get to the main level of your home.

Eliminate Water

Every homeowner knows that water in the home is a huge red flag, and water can be especially problematic when it comes to basements. With more coverage than a standard grate window well cover, your bubble window well cover can actually help to keep water out of your window well, thus avoiding and eliminating water in your basement. Custom window well covers are a great option if you have an oddly shaped egress window that needs some extra protection from heavy rains or snowfalls.

Save Energy

Another pro to bubble window well covers are that they can help you save energy. Because they are clear and allow so much sunlight to shine through, you’ll be able to get much more natural light into your basement. Those mood-boosting rays mean you’ll need to flip on the lights less and you’ll be able to cut down on your monthly bills. Besides letting light in, your bubble window well cover will help to keep the cold and heat out. Whether you get a rectangular window well covers or square window well covers, with a proper fit you can better insulate your basement windows by adding bubble window well covers.
If you’re ready to add bubble window well covers to your home and want the best when it comes to quality product, knowledgeable installation, and top-notch customer service, look no further than Windowell Expressions.

 

Window Well Cover Damage – Repair or Replace?

You have window well covers over your basement window wells, and they have worked great for you and your home. But over time they may start to get worn out and not do the job so well. You start noticing more leaves piling up in your window well each fall, and increasing amounts of snow in the wintertime.

As you take a closer look at your window well cover you find the reason your cover is failing is because it is damaged. It may have happened slowly over time due to wear-and-tear, or you may not have had your window well cover long only to find a crack or dent due to some kind of accident. Either way, something needs to be done. But should you repair or replace your window well cover?

Repair

Your egress window well covers are vital to keeping unwanted debris out, while letting your family escape easily in an emergency. If you find your cover is damaged you may opt to repair it and get it back to working order as quickly as possible. Depending on the amount of damage, repairing it can be possible. If your plastic window well cover is scratched, you can try applying some furniture polish to help buff them out. You can also try a CD repair kit to help minimize scratches.  

But if you have a custom window well cover, whether it is a clear or great cover, that is cracked or bent out of shape, the cost of repair will depend on the severity of the damage. It is best to contact a business who sells well covers near you and get a quote. If the damage is severe, it may be more worthwhile to replace the window well cover.

Replace

Replacing your window well cover comes with its own decisions. First of all, you’ll have to decide which type of cover you want to buy, which brand to choose, and then where to make your purchase.

Home Depot sells many window well covers. Adjust-a-Grate offers aluminum window well grates that are adjustable to fit a number of wells. There are also many window well covers found on Amazon, like the MacCourt 4425R. But if you’re looking for a new custom window well cover made from the best materials around, the obvious choice is Windowell Expressions.

Choose a clear window well cover to allow as much natural light into your basement as possible, while giving the outside of your home a clean look. Or choose a standard or custom window well grate cover that will keep those in your yard safe and guard your home from burglaries. Whichever cover you choose, you can expect years of protection from your cover for your home and your family.

Regardless of whether you choose to repair your window well cover or replace it, you want to act fast. Your window well cover keeps unwanted debris out of your window well allowing for proper drainage, and keeps animals and family members safe from hazardous falls. If you choose to replace your cover, call Windowell Exressions today.  

 

What Does A Water Damaged Window Well Mean For You?

As you go about your everyday tasks in your home and you stop to take a look out of your basement window, you happen to notice a little bit of moisture. The further you inspect the more clear it becomes… you have water damage in your window well. But what does a water damaged window well mean for you? First, it means your window well isn’t doing its job properly. Second, your going to need to get to the source of the problem to correct the problem. And third, you may even need a new window well.

Your window well has many important jobs. It serves as a protective barrier for your basement windows and your home. The well walls create a dam that keeps dirt, debris, and water away from your basement window. Not only does your window well keep unwanted elements away from your home, but it allows occupants to easily leave the home in case of an emergency. Lastly, if your basement windows are at or below ground level, your window well enables light to enter what would otherwise be a very dark and gloomy basement living area. These three functions, barrier, escape, and light, are crucial to maintaining a safe and functional home. So when your window well has water damage and isn’t able to properly do these things, it is an issue that needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible.

How do you take care of a water damaged basement window well? First, you need to find the source of the problem. You’ll need to consider where the water is coming from so that you can stop more water from damaging the well. In many cases, water damage happens when there are issues with water drainage. Your window well has a built in drainage system at the bottom of the well to help drain water away from your basement window and lower levels of your home. But as leaves fall into the well, twigs, toys, or other debris, it can block the proper flow of water drainage. This can then lead to pooling water and water damage.

One way to avoid the buildup of debris in your window well is by installing a window well cover. Metal window well grates can make great covers, however, they still allow for some debris to slip through the cracks. To keep the most debris out, you’ll want look for bubble window well covers. For example, the Maccourt 4425R is a clear cover that will allow light to shine through while keeping out more debris than window well grates.

But rather than shopping for window well covers from Home Depot, Maccourt, or another big name store, or online sources like window well covers from Amazon, why not check out a local company? When you shop locally you can expect attention to detail and a personalized experience you won’t get anywhere else. Whether you’re looking for rectangular window well covers, square window well covers, or covers with a custom fit, look no further than Windowell Expressions.

If the water damage in your window well is extensive you’ll need to look into new basement window well installation. Starting fresh with a new well and a fresh drainage system will  keep your basement, basement windows, and basement window wells dry and water-damage free. Besides fitting your wells with covers, Windowell Expressions can also resurrect your window well too. Give them a call today!

 

How is a Foundation Liner Installed?

A foundation liner can do many things for your home. First, it is an added layer of defense against the inevitable wear and tear that will happen over time. In Utah this means keeping unwanted moisture away from your foundation so that it will stay dry and secure. With that added protection also comes savings as you avoid unnecessary and potentially very costly repairs.

A foundation liner is also a way to increase the curb appeal of your home. While backside of your foundation liner is working to protect your home, the outside comes in a variety of patterns, colors, and textures to add an undeniable element of beauty to your home. No matter what your style, there is a foundation liner for you. Besides being something that you enjoy looking at, a foundation liner will also increase the value of your property.

With so many cons, it is easy to decide that a foundation liner is for you. Once you’ve made that decision you’re probably looking forward to the next step, installation. Just what should you expect? How is a foundation liner installed?

Ideally, you are in the process of building a new home and have decided to add a foundation liner. Or perhaps you’re doing a major remodel. This will allow the easiest and best access to the foundation, which means installation will be easiest. When you add a foundation liner to a new build or major remodel you will get the best odds of increased protection for your foundation.

As construction is underway, your foundation liner will be installed while the foundation is still visible. It will be up to you, the company installing your foundation liner, and the company doing the construction whether or not your foundation liner is installed directly to solid wall or on top of insulation. Rivets or adhesives are used to fasten the foundation liner to your home. There are also options for matching trim and fasteners too.

If you’re living in an existing home and you are interested in a foundation liner, you still have the options! In fact, it is never too late to add a foundation liner. As long as your foundation is in good shape, adding a foundation liner after the fact is no problem. In order to install the liner you will need to have access to the foundation. In some instances this may require some digging and removal of landscape to get proper access. Then, like installation on new construction, the liner is added to your home, fastened, and trimmed accordingly.

Finding a company you trust to install your foundation liner can be a tough choice. The good news is Windowell Expressions has been manufacturing custom foundation liners (as well as window well liners) since 1995. Designed specifically to withstand all weather conditions, you can rest assured that your foundation liner won’t crack, harden or chip. With color actually blended into the materials you won’t have to worry about color fading or scratching either. For a high quality foundation liner from a reputable and experienced company, look no further than Windowell Expressions.

What is a Foundation Liner?

Your foundation is one of the most important parts of your home. It is made up of, quite literally, the building blocks that support every room, door, and window used to keep your family safe and cozy. You want to take care of your foundation, and you definitely don’t want to deal with any foundation issues. One way you can help protect and take care of your foundation is with a foundation liner. What is a foundation liner?

It is an added layer of protection:

When you add a foundation liner to your home, you are adding an extra layer of protection to your home. It is extra security from wear and tear that is inevitable over time. It can help put off routine damage, and offers protection too. Utah is no stranger to water — whether it is snow, rain, sleet, hail, there is a lot of precipitation that happens in The Beehive State. All of this water can take a huge toll on your foundation, especially if it isn’t draining properly. A foundation liner can help protect your foundation from excess water.

It  is a way to save you money:

With all this added protection, you are sure to save yourself some money. As mentioned your foundation is one of the most important parts of your home. It is a large part of your home, and difficult to get to. This means that any repairs to your foundation are going to add up quickly, and fast. The bottom line is that foundations are one of the costliest repairs or replacements you can come across as a homeowner, so if you’re able to keep it protected you’re going to save yourself quite a bit of money.

It an added element of beauty:

The simple benefit of protecting your home and foundation, thus saving you in major repair costs, is probably reason enough to consider adding a foundation liner to your home. But a foundation liner doesn’t have to be an ugly, drab strip product around the bottom of your home.

No! Windowell Expressions offers gorgeous foundation liner options that will not only increase the value of your home by keeping it protected but it will increase the curb appeal as well. Think of your crown moulding or baseboards — they help to give your walls, ceilings, and floors a finished, polished look that just “feels right”. The same can be said of a foundation liner. With many different styles, patterns, colors, and textures to choose from, Windowell

Expressions has foundation liners to fit any taste and style of home. They are easy to install and are very affordable. No matter what style you’re into or for how long, you can easily update the look of your home simply by adding a new foundation liner.

It is a way to increase the value of your home.

When your foundation is better protected, you are increasing the value of your home. When you up the curb appeal of your home you are also increasing the value. If you want to do both of these things at once, a foundation liner is the answer.

Contact Windowell Expressions today to add a foundation liner to your home!

Should You Have an Emergency Escape Ladder in Your Window Well?

Having an emergency exit in your basement is a requirement put in place to keep you and your family safe. When it comes to your basement, this is easily achieved with an egress window. An egress window is a window, particularly in bedrooms, that meet certain dimension requirements. An egress window must be at least 20 inches wide, 24 inches high, and can’t be more than 44 inches above the floor.

In the case of an emergency, these requirements allow occupants to easily escape through the window to safety. It also allows firefighters to enter the home through the basement if necessary. Besides having an egress window, there are a few other ways you can make it easier for loved ones to use these windows as an exit. Egress ladders or steps are available for purchase, but should you have an emergency escape ladder in your window well?  

Technically, if your window well is deeper than 44 inches, you are required to have an emergency escape ladder. Not only should you have one, but it should be permanently attached to the inside of your window well. There are a few other requirements you’ll need to keep in mind as you consider installing an emergency escape ladder. Your ladder may encroach into the window well up to 6 inches. As you shop, you’ll want to look for a ladder with rungs that are close enough to allow for easily climbing; they should not be more than 18 inches apart. The rungs must be at least 12 inches wide and the ladder must project at least 3 inches away from the back wall. But, it must not be further than 6 inches from the back wall.

These may seem like a lot of requirements for a simple ladder, but having a proper sized ladder, properly placed will ensure that your family members will be able to get out of the basement as easily as possible. So not only should you have an emergency escape ladder in your window well, but if you have a very deep window well you must.

Once you’ve met all the functional requirements for your window well, why not have a little fun and make it a beautiful addition to your home as well as a safety measure? Windowell Expressions offers beautiful window well liners to make the view from your egress window a complimentary one to your living space.

With a variety of patterns, colors, and textures, Windowell Expressions can help you find the perfect window well liner for your home. Besides looking expensive and adding value to your home, your window well liner can actually keep your window well cleaner. With surface materials that stay cleaner and are easier to wipe down, you’ll be able to keep your well bright and clean. This not only looks great from the inside, but a clean window well can make an emergency escape easier and less stressful.

For more information on window well liners or egress window requirements, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Windowell Expressions.

Window Well Liners – What Are Your Options?

If you’re looking to increase the aesthetics of your basement, a window well liner is a great choice. As you look out the windows, you’ll enjoy a beautiful view. But what kind of liner can you choose? And what about the different colors offered? At Windowell Expressions there are plenty to choose from. Here are your options for window well liners…

Complimentary

One option when choosing a window well liner is to go with something that compliments your interior design. If you have decorated with brown, warm hues, why not go for a window well liner with subtle stacked rock in a warm shade? If you have more gray, cool tones you can certainly choose a gray looking rock for your window well liner. These liners offer a variety of texture that is interesting to look at without completely distracting you from the interior decor. This makes it a great complimentary look.

Pop of Color

If the “complementary” look doesn’t suit your fancy, you may be looking for more of a pop of color. Windowell Expressions also has plenty of liner options that can give your window well a little more pizzaz. With large stones assembled perfectly to fit your window well, you’ll get a focal point that’s hard to ignore. Pair it with rocks in varying shades and you really get a showstopping-view.

Aesthetic Piece

Lastly, don’t forget to honor the beautiful Utah scenery. With an aesthetic piece, you can choose something that compliments the natural beauty all around and blends seamlessly with the surrounding textures and colors. This is a great way to get a very natural look while also providing an impressive view from your basement windows.

No matter what you choose, your window well liner will be the finishing touch to your basement and the view outside the windows. You’ve worked hard to create a cohesive, and attractive look inside. With your window well liner you can make sure that look continues as you look out the windows.

And with such an attractive view, you can expect a return on your investment. That’s right, the cost of a window well liner will pay for itself after you consider the increase in value you can expect.

Not ready to commit? Have no fear. Window well liners are actually very affordable and are quickly, and easily replaced. No matter what your current window well looks like, you can make a major impact on the look and value of your home without much strain in your pocketbook. And, if your taste changes or a new owner decides to redecorate, your window well liner is easily replaced or updated.

Need another reason to add a window well liner to your window wells? You probably already know the importance of keeping your window wells clean. Well, the materials Windowell Expressions uses for their liners is made specifically so that they are easy to clean. Not only that, but the materials reflect light so that you’ll get more natural light inside. You can’t go wrong with a window well liner from Windowell Expressions!