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Choosing Covers for Basement Egress Windows

Basement Egress Windows

Whether you already have basement egress windows or are considering having some installed, it is important to consider having covers installed over the window well. This ensures that debris and other unwanted objects do not fall into the window well. It also enhances safety and security of the window.

As you consider covers for your windows, you may be presented with various options. This may complicate the process of choosing window covers. The following is a guide to ensuring you select the best option for you.

  1. Material

Consider the material used to make the window cover. Ensure that it is durable and rustproof. Many people opt for clear plastic. However, these must be replaced periodically because they succumb to damage easily. The most durable covers are made from polycarbonate, aluminum or steel. These materials are not only durable but also maintenance free.

  1. Size

Consider different sizes of windows and select that which will fit in the space available. Choose a window cover that fits onto the window well securely. It should be able to lock into place and leave no gaps along the edges.

  1. Strength

Covers for basement egress windows are put under a lot of strain from the weight of the ground around them. It is therefore important to ensure that the window you select is strong enough to support this weight. The cover should also be strong enough to support the weight of a person who may trip and fall onto it by accident.

  1. Warranties

Having a warranty for your cover is a good thing. It means you can have it replaced or serviced for free as long as the warranty remains valid. Look for products with long warranties. A warranty offering several years’ coverage is a good place to start.

  1. Style

There are different styles for window well covers. Choose a style that will either match or enhance the exterior of your home. This will further enhance your landscape and improve your home’s curb appeal.

  1. Bubble or flat

Do you want a cover that extends above the window well and is therefore prominent? Do you prefer a cover that is more discreet and lies flat over the window well? Determine which option suits your needs best.

  1. Custom or standard

You can choose to have your window cover custom made for your window well or purchase a standard cover. Custom made covers are best as they can be designed to fit your needs. They are however more expensive.

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