Why Should I Install A Window Well?
Window Wells Save Lives
In Canada, according to local building codes, any basement bedroom is required to have an escape route in case of fire or other emergency. An egress window well is a great way to provide that escape route. Foundations First can properly install secure window wells with appropriate size and escape features for this purpose.
A window well can act as an alternate means of exiting the building in emergency situations. In some cases creating a secondary exit is mandatory if the basement is used as a standalone apartment. A correctly installed window well may be suitable as the secondary, emergency exit.
Window Wells Add Light and Beauty To Your Space
A window well can provide natural light to your basement, transforming a dark space by adding natural light and warmth to the area. A window well provides sunlight with a clear pathway into your basement.
Window Wells Can Save Energy
While brightening the room, a window well can cut down your electricity bill by reducing the need for artificial lighting.
Basement window wells are a practical solution for adding light, proper drainage and adding an emergency exit.
What is the process for installation of a window well?
The process of installing a window well will be based on whether drainage is involved, and if that drainage is inside or outside of the home.
A hole is dug along the basement wall and to the bottom of the foundation. A drain pipe is installed so that water is drained away from the well. Gravel is added below the window so that water is directed towards the drain pipe and can successfully drain away.
Rather than connecting the drain to a perimeter drain or weeping tile, the drainage is connected to the inside of the home. A hole is drilled through the home’s foundation wall and below the window. A pipe is put into the hole and along the interior wall so it connects to a sump pump. Water will then be collected and drained away from the basement.
Installing the Window Well:
Excavation is done with a slope created away from the foundation to ensure that water drains away from the window.
A gravel base is added. The window well is installed securing to the foundation and the area backfilled.
The cost of a window well will be based on whether interior and / or exterior drainage is installed, the size and number of wells to be installed, as well as the existing condition of the windows.
Window wells can be constructed with metal, wood, or concrete materials. The style and material type can impact the pricing.
When installed correctly, a window well can add a lot of light to an otherwise dark basement while also working to protect the basement from damp and debris.