Basement Window Well Liner vs. Replacement
When homeowners are offered with the issue of a worn out window well, they generally can ponder several choices for the egress windows. The first choice would be to use a liner type material or a window well insert. The second decision can be to replace the egress window well completely.
Homeowners might choose to use a window well liner because property owners assume that it will be less expensive and less hassle than a complete replacement. Exchanging the egress window well may not only be more economical when all is said and done, but it may be the correct thing to do for the future integrity of the structure. Building an egress window well liner covering a rusty well is simply covering up a more serious problem. A window well liner is a quick fix that only addresses the cosmetic aspect of the egress window well problem. Moisture and dirt may be trapped inside the spaces, potentially creating more damage.
Often, your basement window well is in proper shape, however you may want a more decorative look and feel. Homeowners might think their single choice would be to construct a window well liner with a faux rock facade. Often assuming the liner decision could be a less experience choice. In today’s marketplace there are numerous egress window well choices that are decorative and functional.
Additional pricing factors you may want to consider is that some contractors insist you get a window well exchange before the construction of the liner. This practice creates double the labor and twice the expense. If only design and aesthetics has nudged you to replace your window well, there are many various basement window well choices. Using a designer egress window well like a “Rockwell”, or a custom made egress window well out of stone, brick or rail road ties is a not only more cost effective alternative but a more aesthetically pleasing option than the standard corrugated steel.
For those of you planning a major landscaping project, building a deck, building a concrete patio, and additional home improvementitems please take a minute to examine your basement windows environment . Before you pour a cement patio or another permanent structure encompassing the basement window wells make certain that they are in perfect shape. This includes inspecting for signs of corrosion or additional damage to the structure.
Some of the egress window wells that are installed around homes by the original builder are not the highest of quality. An intact, quality egress window well with an extensive warranty will save you time and money in the future. With a bit of knowledge and some facts about different options you may find that having a window well exchange done is a more rewarding choice than a liner or insert. Not only is it more less expensive , but the quality of the replacement will better protect the structural integrity of your house therefore protecting one of your largest investments. Safeguard your house immediately and in the future by installing worn out basement window wells.
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