Basement Window Wells: Safety, Natural Light and Ventilation

Basement window wells are perfect for allowing a little sunshine into the lower level of a home. Take these steps to ensure proper installation or preservation of an existing window well.

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A basement window well can be a welcome source of light. Here's how to let in a little sunshine — and keep your basement secure and ventilated.

Window wells are made from a variety of materials, including metal, wood and concrete (concrete is the most durable). A new basement window well is most often a do-it-yourself home project with the most difficult part being the digging of the hole.

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Pre-existing window wells require thorough maintenance to ensure outdoor dirt, debris and water do not enter the space. Take extra precaution by using a window well cover to protect your basement from water damage.

Basement windows can be an important egress system in the event of an emergency. But if you can get out, that means intruders can get in. Look for locking systems, from a simple window bar to a whole-home alarm, to protect your safety and security.

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