Basement Window Wells
Basement Window Wells offer Natural Light,
Safety and Aesthetics
By: Mark J. Donovan
Basement window wells can dress
up the outside of your home’s foundation as well as provide an additional
level of safety to your home.
When a basement window would
otherwise sit below grade it is necessary to install a basement window well
on the outside of the home to allow natural light to penetrate into the
basement window and to provide an additional egress path out of the
There are many types of cellar window
wells on the market today that offer both aesthetic and safety features. They
are available in a myriad of different shapes and sizes.
Some basement window wells are
designed specifically as egress window wells with such features as steps or
ladders, and built-in handrails to allow homeowner occupants to easily escape
from the basement due to fire and other emergency conditions.
Other basement or cellar window wells
are designed mainly for aesthetic and landscape purposes. Some types of basement
window wells are designed to maximize light entry into the basement, while at
the same time providing aesthetic beauty to the outside of the home.
Key Basement Window Well Features
Basement window wells are made from a
number of different materials, such as polyethylene. Many have a corrugated
surface, however others are offered with stone textured finishes.
Most cellar window wells are a single
unit construction and are designed for easy installation.
Basement window well covers are also
available to eliminate insect and rodent ingress into the basement. In addition,
they can help to prevent the collection of leaves and weed growth in the basement window well.
Some basement window wells are
designed with reflective material to maximize the amount of natural light into
the basement area.
So when developing plans for your
new home that includes a basement, make sure you consider ingress and egress to
the basement and think about including basement window wells in the home
design. They provide natural light into your basement, can complement the
outside of your home, and provide another level of safety to your family in the
event of an emergency.
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