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Do I Need Window Well Covers?

Do I Need Window Well Covers?

At Window Well Experts, we recommend that all window wells be fitted with a proper cover. When you look at the benefits of window wells, almost all of them require a sturdy, leak-proof cover in order to achieve their fullest benefit. In the four decades since our founding, we’ve seen the many hazards of uncovered window wells, and the products we sell today reflect that knowledge and experience. We make all our window well covers and grates to order, so you can be sure they’ll fit your window well and your basement perfectly. Whether you’re looking to install new wells or cover an existing well, just give us a call for a free estimate.

Benefits of Window Well Covers

A sturdy, high-quality window well serves several purposes: it keeps water, snow, dirt, debris and animals away from your basement windows and out of your house. It prevents leakage, and keeps the dirt around your windows or vents from shifting or collapsing. It ensures that natural light can get into your basement, beautifying your home and saving on electric bills. For all of these goals, you’ll need a snugly fitted window well cover. A window well doesn’t offer much help, for example, if rain and snow can collect inside it.

Window Well Covers and Safety

Window well covers are also important for the safety of you and your family. Without a cover, a misstep can cause people or pets to fall into the well, risking potentially serious injury. Our aluminum grates and Lexan (TM) polycarbonate well covers are designed to withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure, securing your well against falls. A window well cover is also an effective way to keep intruders out of your basement. If your well is being used as an emergency exit, we offer quick-release locks that securely attach the cover to the well from the outside, but can be easily opened from the inside in case of fire or other emergencies.

Types of Covers and Grates

For most wells, our recommended cover is made of clear Lexan (TM) polycarbonate. Molded by us at our factory in Delavan, WI, these covers are virtually unbreakable, and they’re UV-treated to resist sun damage, fading, discoloration and brittleness for 15 years to come. We offer wells in many heights and shapes, but many customers choose sloping, domed, or bubble-shaped wells, which have the advantage of shedding water away from your house. These well covers are as easy to clean as a window, and generally require just an occasional spray with a hose to remain clear and bright. If the area around your well sees a lot of foot traffic, or if waterproofing isn’t a concern, we also produce aluminum grates which can hold hundreds of pounds of pressure while remaining light enough to pick up. For more options, including vented covers which combine the protection of a solid well with airflow and hinged covers which can be easily propped open, consult on our website, call us seven days a week, or email us.