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Window Wells and Emergency Escapes

In an emergency, exiting through your basement door isn’t always possible. In these situations, having another alternate escape route through window wells is essential.

An emergency exit via your window well could be the difference between life and death. It is important to make sure the windows and window wells in your basement offer an alternate escape in the event of a fire or other emergency where a quick exit is necessary. These escape routes are known as egress window wells.

Learn more about window wells and emergency escapes below.

What are Egress Window Wells?

An egress window well is a window installed in basements used for alternate escape routes in the event of an emergency. In section R310 of the International Residential Code, you’ll learn that each sleeping room needs to have at least one operable emergency and rescue opening that opens into a public road, alley, or a yard or court. A “sleeping room” is defined as a room with a closet and privacy door, also known as a bedroom. There are many more requirements, including minimum sizes for windows and wells, sill height, and ladders. 

Egress windows are not limited to basement window wells. Each sleeping room in your home must have at least one emergency escape and rescue opening (in addition to your bedroom door). In addition to basements, this includes habitable/finished attics, upper floors, and main floors.

Why Install Egress Window Wells?

Safety is the number one reason for installing basement egress windows wells. During an emergency, an egress window well allows any occupants a safe exit from the basement and a way for emergency crews to enter the home.

What are the Benefits of Egress Window Wells?

Safety — We realize we’ve already touched on this, but we cannot stress this enough. Installing egress window wells in your basement will protect you and the ones you love. Egress windows offer you a fast and easy alternative way to escape in the event of an emergency.

More Natural Light and Ventilation — Egress window wells are a great source of natural light and improve ventilation and air circulation. Natural light pouring into your basement will immediately make your space feel bigger and appear brighter. Most homeowners think that egress window wells instantly improve the interior design and aesthetic of their basements.

Increase the Value of Your Home — Making improvements to your home, such as installing egress window wells, can increase the value of your home. An investment well worth making! As you make these improvements and renovations, make sure your egress window well meets all current requirements found in the link above.

Contact Windowell Expressions

For all of your window well needs, including covers, replacements, and liners, contact the experts at Windowell Expressions. People all across the Wasatch Front, including Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Murray, homeowners, and contractors alike rely on our team of professionals for their window well needs. Let our knowledgeable and experienced team help hide your ugly with high-quality wells, covers, liners, and more. Contact our team today!

How to Keep Your Pets and Other Animals Safe from Window Wells

Window wells are an essential part of your basement, but learning how to stay safe from window wells is a must.

They let in natural light into otherwise dark areas in your home, help lower utility bills, and act as an additional escape route in the event of an emergency. However, window wells left uncovered can pose a serious threat to the safety of your loved ones and animals, especially your beloved family pet. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to ensure your pet is safe from window wells.

Scroll on for more information about how to keep your pets and other animals safe from the dangers of window wells.

Keeping Your Pets Safe from Window Wells

As previously mentioned, window wells provide a lot of benefits and functionality to your home. But if they are left ignored, they can be quite dangerous. Many animals, including pets, find themselves stuck in window wells with no way to escape because they are not properly maintained. Here’s what you can do to keep your pets and other snails safe:

ADD COVERS TO YOUR WINDOW WELLS — Window well covers are good for more than keeping snow and debris out of your wells. They are also the exact thing you need to keep animals out of your window wells. Pet owners seek out homes with yards so their animals can roam freely on their own land. However, if the window wells are not covered, the yard isn’t exactly the safest place for pets to run around in.

Thankfully, most animals have a keen sense of their surroundings and won’t accidentally fall in. But, accidents happen that can lead to injuries or worse! Moreover, if your dog finds a bird or squirrel hanging out at the bottom of your window wells, chances are they jump down to their little friend (or snack!). If you have larger animals, like sheep or goats, that roam your yard, covers on your window wells are even more imperative. 

Metal grate covers will do a good job keeping larger animals out of your wells; however, the slots will allow smaller animals, such as frogs and rodents, in them. While clear, solid covers will keep out animals, large or small. To ensure animals don’t make their way into your wells, make sure the covers are installed securely and snuggly around the base of your house.

TRAIN YOUR PETS — For animals and pets that can be trained, such as your dog, make sure to include window well safety in your training. Ideally, they will be trained not to enter window wells, but it is also important to teach them what to do if they find themselves in your wells. For additional family protection, teach your pup to alert you when something is in your window wells, such as children or other animals.

Contact Windowell Expressions

Protect the animals in your family from dangerous window wells in your yard with window well covers from Windowell Expressions. We proudly offer complimentary in-home consultations and measurements throughout Salt Lake County in Utah as well as Colorado. Whether you want clear or metal grate covers, we have what you need! For all of your window well and cover needs, contact our pros, and schedule your consultation today!

How To Prepare Your Window Wells For Fall

Taking time to prepare your window wells for fall is something every homeowner should do, especially since we’re spending more time indoors nowadays.

In your list of to-dos this season, make sure getting your window wells autumn-ready is high on your checklist. Preparing for this shift in season will save you time and money in the long run.

Read more about prepping your window wells for fall below.

Clean Window Wells Out

An essential step in autumn prep is to clean out your window wells. With fall comes plenty of rain, and as the seasons shift again, depending on where you live, you can expect snow. Getting your window wells cleared out can protect your home against floods and window leaks. For your wells to properly drain, they must be clear of any debris, especially leaves.

In addition to being a leak and flood culprit, decaying leaves at the base of your well create a displeasing view from your basement. Moreover, as the temps drop outside, rodents, insects, and spiders begin to move inside. Clearing away leaves, trash, and weeds will hinder these critters from making your home theirs.

You can learn more about how to clean your window wells here.

Invest in Window Well Covers

Now that you’ve spent a couple of hours cleaning out your window wells, you’ll want to do what you can to prevent new debris from entering. The best way to keep leaves and other wind-blown debris out of your window wells is to cover them up with window well covers.

Window well covers are a worthwhile investment. Not only do they keep debris, insects, and animals out of your wells, they protect your home against break-ins and unwanted visitors, protect your loved ones from dangerous falls, and also protect against floods that can cause major water damage to your home. Whether you select grates or covers, you can find a window well cover that complements your style and design and meets your needs.

Have an oddly-shaped window? Not to worry; a custom window well cover will do the trick.

Add Window Well Liners to Your Window Wells

Dropping temperatures outdoors means spending more time indoors. Make the most of your basement spaces by adding window well liners to your home. Window well liners can be an extension of your style and just might be that finishing touch that ties the entire look of your basement together. Basic metal liners can look unfinished, clash with your style, and be an eyesore, but with a customized window well liner, your space will look intentional and complete.

Contact Windowell Expressions

Prepare your window wells for fall with the experts at Windowell Expressions! Between our high-quality products and professional services, we have your window wells covered (pun intended!) this season. With countless options, we can help you customize your wells, allowing your unique home style and aesthetic to reach out to the exterior of your home.

For all of your window well needs, such as window well covers, grates, liners, replacements, and foundation liners, contact us today! We serve Salt Lake County, Utah, and the surrounding area.


Transform Your Window Wells Into Gardens

If you live in a basement apartment or don’t have much outdoor space, take advantage of the space inside of your window wells. Depending on the square footage you have outside, the area inside your window wells may be valuable. You probably don’t have the space to plant rows of corn or large trees or bushes; you probably have space for a few smaller planter pots of your favorite herbs, flowers, and other plants.

Continue reading to learn more about transforming your window wells into beautiful gardens below.


The amount of sunlight your window well gets each day will determine the type of flowers and plants you will be able to grow successfully. Depending on the location of your wells, they may get some sun throughout the day and shade the rest of the day. If this sounds like your wells, here are some partial-shade plants that could work in your windows:

  • Herbs, like basil, thyme, dill, cilantro, mint, chives, and parsley, prefer a couple of hours of morning light and shade the rest of the day.
  • Leopard Plant — A striking shade perennial that, depending on the species, has spiky or daisy-like flowers.
  • Green and Gold — True to its name, this ground cover boasts delicate canary yellow flowers during the early spring with quilted green leaves.

If your window wells are in the shade all day long, you’re still in luck! Your shady wells can still be colorful spaces, just as long as you plant shade-loving plants that will thrive without direct sunlight. Here’s a list of full-shade plants to consider:

  • Yellow Bleeding Heart — Enjoy months of yellow flowers and bluish-green foliage.
  • Indian Pinks — Attract hummingbirds with these red flowers with yellow centers.
  • Dwarf Chinese Astilbe — These purple and pink spiky flowers will keep you smiling all spring and summer long.
  • Hardy Begonias — Enjoy the delicate flowers of begonias but in a strong, hardy version.

Other Helpful Tips

Here are a few other tips and tricks for gardening in your window well:

  • During winter months, add a clear window well cover to create a greenhouse for a year-round garden.
  • If winter is too daunting, place your flowers and plants in pots that you can bring inside.
  • Ensure your plants have proper drainage to avoid root rot, and since window wells already have drains installed, it’s the perfect place.
  • If you lack a green thumb (don’t feel bad—many people do!), all is not lost. You can still enjoy some greenery without the real deal. Instead, pot some decent looking faux flora in your window wells and relish the look without the work.

Keep Safety in Mind

It’s important to remember that egress windows are meant to supply an additional way out in an emergency and required by code. Keep a clear path and emergency ladder in place in case you need a quick way out.

Contact Windowell Expressions

If you want to beautify your window wells, even more, contact the window well experts at Windowell Expressions. We supply homeowners in the Salt Lake City area with beautiful solutions to ugly window wells like well liners, covers, and foundation liners. Give your window wells the makeover they deserve with Windowell Expressions.

How Do You Keep Water Out of Window Wells?

Basement windows are ideal for many reasons. They let natural light into an otherwise dark area. They allow an alternate escape route in case of an emergency, and, if done right, they can add to the look of your home (see our stylish window liners here). However, basement windows, if done wrong, can cause a handful of issues. The biggest of which is damage from a leak or flood. Keeping your window wells free of water will help protect your home and your wallet.

Learn how to keep water out of your window wells by reading on.

Proper Grading

The ground must slope away from the foundation of your home and its window wells. This allows for proper drainage and ensures that water flows away from your house. Proper grading protects against issues like damage to your foundation and window wells filling with water. If there is not enough of an outward slope surrounding your home, you will need to have your yard regraded. 

Effective Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are responsible for carrying water from rain and melted snow away from the foundation of your home. If they are not doing their job, you may run into issues such as water in your wells. Make sure your downspouts end away from the base of your home and not right at the foundation.

Drains in Window Wells

Make sure your window wells are equipped with drains, especially if you live in a particularly wet and rainy area. Window well drains are installed below the window and whisk away any water that poses a threat. The drain is connected to a sump pump or an underground French drain. These drains will move water away from the window well and the foundation of your home.

Clear Out Window Wells

Window wells that are full of leaves, trash, and other debris will have a hard time draining efficiently. Make sure you check your window wells often and clear them out regularly to keep any water from pooling. In addition to keeping the water out, when your window wells are clean, you’re less likely to attract critters like insects, spiders, and rodents. Learn how to clean your window wells in four easy steps here.

Window Well Covers and Grates

In addition to offering your home added protection, window well covers can keep out unwanted water from wells. Rain and snow can easily find themselves at the bottom of your window wells and can potentially cause a flood or water damage to your home. A cover or grate on your window well will protect against all of that while still allowing natural light into your basement.

Contact Windowell Expressions

Protect your window wells against pooling water with the help of Windowell Expressions. In addition to window well covers and grates, we offer well and foundation liners and replacement window wells. We even offer installation! When you choose Windowell Expressions, you choose quality work and products and professional experience. Contact the team of experts at Windowell Expressions for a free estimate today.


Teaching Children To Stay Safe Around Window Wells

If your home boasts a basement, then you probably have a window well. Window wells are designed to let natural light into your basement, and although they come with several benefits, they also pose a safety hazard to your children.

Continue reading to learn more about window well safety as it pertains to your kids. 

Explain What Window Wells Are

Although you don’t think much about your window wells, your kids probably do. Children are incredibly observant, and they’ll wonder what the window well is for. Your kids don’t know any better, and they might think going down the well is a fun adventure. A curious child might lean too far and fall in. 

Falling into a window well can result in injuries, and you don’t want your kids to end up with scrapes and bruises that could’ve been prevented. Explain to your kids that window wells aren’t a secret hang out spot to read books or play dollhouse in. Additionally, you can build a fence around it; however, you must remember it also serves as an emergency exit. You may not want to obstruct the path surrounding the window well in case you ever need to run out of your basement. 

Talk About the Dangers of Critters

Chipmunks, sparrows, field mice, rats, and snakes might use your window well for refuge. Although your kids might find these rodents cute, you have to teach them they aren’t friends. Let your kids know about the dangers associated with these critters, such as poisonous bites or rabies. You probably don’t want to scare them, but sometimes it’s the only way to get them to understand a difficult situation. 

If your children insist on playing with the animals hiding inside the well, you should adopt a family pet. Don’t let them become close with the potentially dangerous garden snake living inside your well for warmth. 

Keep Your Kids Away from Debris

Uncovered window wells usually become a bowl of twigs, leaves, and other debris. If your kids are bored, they might make their way into the well in hopes of finding buried treasure. They will come out of the well covered in dirt or mud. Window wells are especially hazardous after heavy rain because they’re full of water; this can become a drowning hazard for your kids. 

Window Well Covers Are the Solution

Every window well requires a sturdy, high-quality, window well cover to make it as durable and safe as possible. A window well isn’t useful if it’s always full of debris and snow, but a properly fitted cover will keep it in top shape. Best of all, it will protect your children from falling inside. 

Contact Windowell Expressions

Windowell Expressions specializes in making the window well covers for any size and shape of well. Our experts will build a cover right at your house and install it to ensure a perfect fit for your well. The installation process takes us about one hour so that we won’t take up too much of your time. Contact us today. 


How To Make Your Window Wells Look Beautiful (With or Without Liners)

Window wells have largely been neglected in many homes as just a protective element and something to allow light in; however, cleaning them up and making them look appealing can do wonders for your home’s aesthetics. 

With more families spending time in their basement, cleaning out the cobwebs and installing unique interest makes sense. Discover the ways in which to make your window wells look attractive with or without using liners.

From the Inside

Instead of looking out a dull and lifeless metal window well from your basement, give it life with color and many options in which to choose. First, give them a good cleaning, inspecting them for any water damage, taking caution to ensure no water can penetrate the well. Next, incorporate interest that fits your style and personality. If you have kids in the basement, tailor the window wells to fit their style, so they feel comfortable; it may also help them feel safer in their surroundings–particularly for small children.

From the Outside

An attractive window well that matches an equally beautiful landscape makes for an impressive curb appeal. For safety around little kids, a window well cover is a must, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look attractive around the area. Building a garden box gives your home a facelift, due to the increased interest and landscape beauty. You can also create a rock bed around the cover, which offers low maintenance. 

Beauty with Liners

Window well liners allow a different view outside. Liners are the most commonly nonstructural and semiflexible plastics molded to reflect a scenery, such as with rock, a rainforest, or landscape paintings. Imagine looking out a serene, blue ocean or a gorgeous fall scene instead of a dull and dirty window well. There’s also faux rock window well that offers garden steps for planting; this invites a warm and inviting feel to a cold basement. 

Best thing is, liners are easy to install and transforms your window well instantly.

Beauty without Liners

You can also create a warm and inviting feel without window well liners. Painting window wells is a trend that offers several different looks, depending on your style. You can also plant ivy or other clinging plants on the egress of the window well. Of course, with small children, install a window well cover for safety and to keep out unwelcome critters. A clear plastic cover still allows light inside and easily removable if needed. A great idea is to add small steps into the window well, to make it easier to escape in case of an emergency.  

Build a beautiful stone wall that captures your attention or fill your window well with holiday decor. Try a Halloween graveyard or small evergreen trees decorated with lights for Christmas, get creative, and watch your basement transform into a fun environment.

Call Windowell Expressions

Whether you opt for window well liners or not, we can help. If you need covers or want to try liners, give us a call. We can answer your questions and offer the best options for your needs, desires, and budget. Contact us today.

Window Well Design For The Holidays

Window Well Design For The Holidays

Is your window well ready for the holidays?

Some homeowners like to incorporate their window wells into their holiday decorative scheme, especially if they have a one that’s featured in a common area like the living room or kitchen. While it’s never recommended that you use your window well for storage, it can be a great place to decorate for the short term.

Think holiday window stickers and faux snow instead of actually putting items (like garlands or outdoor lights) inside the well.

Your window well is a source of light, and you don’t want to give any of it up during the short winter days. Plus, even though liners are designed to withstand the elements, the area should still be kept clear to prevent mold and bacteria growth.

Continue cleaning your window wells during the winter months, even if that means removing snow on a regular basis. If you’re struggling with this, that might be an indicator it’s time to switch to a sealed clear cover instead of a grate.

Windows: Well for the Holidays

Windows can provide a great frame for your holiday festivities. Some people hang extra stockings from them, while others consider them musts for garland, lights and ornaments. A window well unit is a prime focal point, especially if you have a liner that already has a holiday-appropriate design such as red brick or stones. You can even include messages secured to the liner, as long as the banners are designed for outdoor use.

Even better, if you have children in the home who are eager to hear reindeer hooves on the roof, but you don’t have a chimney, Santa is more than happy to bring in goodies via the window well.

Holiday Travel Prep

Many Americans travel during the holidays, perhaps even renting out their home in the process. However, burglars know this all too well. Window wells can be a primary entry point for a burglary attempt because they naturally provide cover for thieves. Fortunately, you can help prevent this.

For starters, choose a covering that’s secure and that only homeowners can access. That alone will thwart the vast majority of burglars.

Secondly, ensure your well area is well lit, not covered by vegetation and that the window it leads to is locked and secure. Ultimately, it shouldn’t be easier to get into this window than any other in your home. You can reinforce the glass with a film, add a sturdier lock, and of course remember to check that the lock is actually engaged before going on your trip.

Call Windowell Expressions today to get a new liner for the holidays or otherwise get your window well holiday-ready.