So you don't want a window well cover but you want something to protect animals and large debris from entering your window well. Well, don't fret, because Cover Up also provides custom-fit solid metal mesh covers. These mesh covers (or grates) fit on the outside diameter of the well. They can be pushed off from the inside without the risk of falling inside the window well making cleaning a breeze or emergency egress easier and faster. Our window well grates will create a finished look to your landscaping as well. Plus, all our grates are made in the USA.
Our grates are durable and strong because they are made from galvanized steel with a powder coating over the top and completed with a tight weave mesh that protects the well from small feet, intruders and natural yard debris, yet permits basement window ventilation. The extremely durable finish doesn't allow rust to form...ever!
And of course, if you like the look of the grate, but do not want rain, snow, moisture or smaller yard debris to enter the window well, we will customize a cover overlay that will protect the window well and the grate from the elements.
Did you know that more than 90% of communities across the United States have adopted the standards of the International Code Council (http://www.iccsafe.org) regarding exits and egress to basement dwelling areas? These special exits, which must be big enough for firemen to enter and people to exit, must be in each sleeping area (or bedroom) in the basement, though other rooms are also stated to need emergency exits including recreation rooms, home theaters and office space. Though if there is a bedroom and a separate office in the basement, only the bedroom needs the emergency exit.
Whether it is an egress window or an egress door, it has to open to the outside and open easily without the use of keys or tools. It must also follow code requirements for height and width of basement egress windows. Egress opening requirements include:
- A window with a minimum width of opening of 20 inches
- A window with a minimum height of opening of 24 inches
- A window with a minimum net clear opening -- the actual opening through which a person must crawl-of 5.7 square feet
- A sill height no higher than 44 inches above the floor
- A window-well floor space of 9 square feet with minimum dimensions of 36 inches wide and long
- A permanent ladder or steps if the window well depth is more than 44 inches
At Cover Up Window Wells Inc, your safety is one of our main priorities. And not just from intruders, but from emergencies within the home. That's why we follow the building codes set forth by each community with strict adherence. Our escape ladders come in three sizes to fit 4', 5' and 6' corrugated metal wells. Call us to find out which ladder you need for your window wells.