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WINDOW WELL INSTALLATION

WHY SHOULD I INSTALL A WINDOW WELL?

WINDOW WELLS AS EMERGENCY EXITS 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. A window well, also know as an egress window, 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.

WHY SHOULD I INSTALL A WINDOW WELL?

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 Well

WHY SHOULD I INSTALL A WINDOW WELL?

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.

INTERIOR DRAINS FOR WINDOW WELLS:

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.

WINDOW WELL INSTALLATION PROCESS:

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.

Questions about adding window wells to your home?

We are happy to provide a free consultation to determine the best options available for you.

We also do window well enlargement, window well repairs and basement waterproofing! Contact us for a free consultation.