Things to Know if Your Window Wells Need Replacing
There are a lot of reasons you may need to install a new window well. Maybe your old well is damaged — it leaks, it’s grown rusty, or it’s no longer securely attached to the wall. Maybe you’re looking to upgrade an existing well, or install an egress well for emergency exit purposes. Maybe your house doesn’t even have a well in the first place, or you’re just now installing a basement window. No matter what the reason, you can find the well you need at Window Well Experts. With more than 40 years of experience in the business, we sell high-quality window wells, covers and accessories across North America.
What Size Well Do You Need?
There are many things to know if your window wells need replacing, but the first thing to figure out is the size of the well you’ll need. A properly sized well extends a couple inches beyond the window frame on either side, slightly above the ground, and well below the bottom of your window. Because the foundations of your house may have settled, it’s possible one side of the well will need to be higher than the other. Fortunately, Window Well Experts is here to help: just measure the dimensions of your window or existing well, and fill out the form on our website. We’ll be able to give you professional advice on the best window well for your needs, and if you’re also looking to buy a window well cover, we can provide you with one that fits your new well perfectly.
What Do Your Building Codes Require?
Before you install your well, call your local building inspector to make sure you have all the information you need. Generally speaking, any basement room used as a bedroom requires an emergency exit well, but the exact requirements for the well’s size and features vary from city to city. This isn’t the only fact you should check, either. Your homeowners insurance may have requirements for your well and its cover, for example. Make sure to do the research before you dig, so you can be sure you’re installing the right product.
Do You Have the Right Supplies? (We Can Help!)
If you’re hiring an expert to install your well for you, they’re likely to know what supplies are needed, but a lot of homeowners prefer to install their own wells. It’s an easy do-it-yourself job, and we provide you with simple do-it-yourself instructions and all the hardware you’ll need to accomplish the task. Attaching your well securely to the wall is crucial for preventing future damage, shifting and leaks. All Window Well Experts’ wells come with pre-drilled holes for easy installation, but you’ll need bolts designed to drill securely into the side of your house, as well as a sealant to make sure nothing can get between the well and the wall. Use only rust-proof fasteners to attach your well, or they’ll be likely to corrode in the long run.
Any Questions? Just Ask!
This is just a short list of some of the things to know if your window wells need replacing. If you have any concerns that aren’t covered here, you’ll be glad to know that Window Well Experts’ staff is on duty seven days a week to answer your questions and provide you with a free estimate. Just give us a call at 1-888-650-WELL (9355) or email [email protected], and one of our expert employees will be able to help.