There are many decisions you will be faced with when choosing egress windows for your basement. One such decision is which type of window well to install.
There are various types of window wells including block, metal and timber. Metal is one of the most popular choices for window wells today for many reasons:
The neighbors won’t be able to sneak a peek at what you’re doing if you invest in a metal window well. Metal window wells offer a great deal of privacy.
Metal is long lasting and durable. It is ideal for use as a window well since it can withstand weather conditions. You won’t have to worry about replacing it any time soon.
Metal is resistant to change no matter what conditions it is exposed to. You won’t have to worry about it being affected by temperature, pressure from the surrounding soil and other conditions.
- Cost effective
Metal is an affordable choice for window wells. It will last a long time, making it a worthwhile investment.
Choosing a metal window liner
There are many different metal window well liners manufactured by companies. The following are some factors you may want to consider:
There are some companies that don’t manufacture window well liners that will go deep enough for some egress windows. In these cases, your contractor may choose to combine liners to make a single liner that can go deep enough.
Combining liners however, will allow leaks at the seam between the pieces. This will then allow water into the well. You should therefore insist on having a single-piece liner.
- Provides a large opening
Egress windows are meant to be used as an emergency exit in case of fires and other disasters. They are also meant to be an entrance for firemen and other emergency personnel who may need to access your home in case of an emergency. It is therefore important to ensure that the window well leaves enough room for an adult carrying equipment to access the window. The window well should be wider than the window. It should also meet building code requirements.
- Go for galvanized metal
The soils surrounding the window well will contain moisture. If the metal liner is not galvanized, it will rust and become weaker with time. Galvanized liners are more durable.
Be sure to discuss your needs with your contractor in order to find the best option for you.