The security of our homes and the safety and protection of family is vitally important. Making sure doors and windows are secure and your home is well lit at night are probably safety issues you have considered more than once, and most of us have made efforts to improve home security.
Likewise, you have probably taken great care to landscape your yard and polish your home's look.
One area you may have overlooked is your basement window wells.
What are window wells?
If you have a home with a basement, you likely have window wells to let more light in and create safe exit points in case of emergency. In fact, if you have a bedroom or living space in your basement, you’re required by law to install egress (or exit) windows for easy escape in cases of emergency.
Sometimes the lowest level of the house remains slightly above ground, making egress window installation a breeze. But more often than not, you’ll have to use window wells, which create a safe exit from your basement, but can also pose a serious hazard and create an unfinished look to your house.
Custom-fit window well covers can help make your home and yard look finished and help prevent a number of unwanted accidents or problems, as described below.
1. Keeping children and pets safe
Large open holes around your house can be eyesores, so some homeowners attempt to hide them behind bushes or other landscaping. It’s not a bad idea, but hiding a steep-sided, deep hole can be a serious danger for passing children and animals. A good custom window well cover can act as an extension of the ground and should hold up to several hundred pounds of weight to prevent accidental falls. Wasatch Covers can now be optionally fitted with a hydraulic easy lift attachment making opening and closing the covers a breeze.
2. Providing increased security
Window wells are an opportune hiding spot for burglars or other prowlers to stay hidden out of sight while breaking into your home. That’s why window well covers from Wasatch Covers come with security features including simple-to-use locks that even children can release from the inside but are unreachable from the outside. With your custom covers locked in place would-be burglars will move on to another house that is an easier target.
3. Creating a finished look
No one wants to be constantly reminded of an unfinished project. Yet open holes around your otherwise finished home seem to be doing just that. Many people realize this but don’t realize how easy a problem it is to solve. Wasatch technicians will come to your house to measure your wells for you and they will return in about two weeks with a finished custom-fit product. As long as the wells are accessible you don’t even need to be home. And using our redesigned website you can complete the entire order process online without even making a phone call. If only all the items on your to-do list were this easy to cross off!
Custom versus standard-fit covers
A common myth about window wells is that they come in just a few standard sizes. The truth is much different.
Although window wells start out in a few common sizes, once you anchor them to your house and backfill them, the wells themselves will bow and bend into an infinite number of shapes and sizes. Even concrete window wells have small variations that make each well different. That is why there is no such thing as ‘standard’ sizes of window wells.
If you plan to cover your window wells you only have two choices:
- A cover that is built oversized to compensate for the different variations and can be more of a hazard because it shifts and slides out of place.
- A custom fit cover that fits perfectly for around the same price.
Wasatch Window Well Covers understands that quality matters which is why they only make custom-fit window well covers. They come to your home to custom-measure every window well you want to cover and guarantees the finished product will fit perfectly and snugly. The process typically takes just two weeks, start to finish.
From hardened and treated classic black or brown steel to aluminum polycarbonate, Wasatch Window Well Covers can help you make your home safer, more attractive, and more repellant to the natural elements. With ladders, locks, and their new EZ-lift attachment Wasatch Covers is truly a comprehensive solution. So, if you are thinking about ways to upgrade your home, consider window well covers as a quick, cost-effective option for making a noticeable improvement.