Window well covers can be a nice finishing touch to your basement. They cover unsightly grates and can allow a natural source of light into your basement. They also protect against weather and prevent debris such as leaves and sticks from gathering at the window well.
However, getting the right window well cover is necessary to keep your children and pets safe. It needs to fit well, be durable and securable, and be installed correctly. These are some considerations for getting safe window well covers.
Examine the durability of the material.
Window well covers can go through a lot of insults, including pets running on them and children falling and jumping on them. Choose well covers made of a durable material, such as Acrylic, instead of glass that can shatter. To keep it clean, just use water and dish detergent.
Know your options for locking and securing your window well covers.
Secure your window well covers to keep intruders out of your basement and protect your family. Look for locks and hinge systems that let you close your windows to keep outsiders out, but allow you to open the well covers to let in light or to get out in emergencies. Options include quick-release removable pins and snap-on/snap-off clips.
The right fit is crucial for safety.
Window well covers that do not fit properly can be health hazards for children and pets. These covers can become dislodged and allow space between the outside and the inside of your basement, thus creating a security hazard. Loose-fitting covers also pose threats because children and pets can get fingers and paws stuck in the space between the cover and your house.
When measuring your windows, follow the appropriate instructions for masonry or wood window wells versus metal window wells. Use a tape measure to find the lengths of the specified areas, and double-check your measurements. Then submit your measurements when placing your order for your custom-made window well cover. When it comes, there should be no question about its fit.
Don’t overlook the importance of proper installation. A high-quality window well cover can still be unsafe if it is not installed properly, so follow the instructions that come with the cover.
Consider safety as well as looks and function when you are ready to finish your basement and get window well covers. Contact The Window Bubble at any time for advice or help ordering so we can get you the safe covers you need.