Custom vs DIY Window Well Covers

From bringing natural light into your basement to offering a backup escape route in case of emergencies, window wells are a handy feature to have attached to your home. But to protect window wells adequately, you need covers as well. The question is, should you go with a custom design or a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach? At Mountainland Covers, we know the benefits and risks of both methods, so here are some things you need to consider.

The Cost of Custom Covers

If there’s one thing that custom well covers have going for them, it’s that they’re professionally-made, ensuring reliable and high-quality results. Getting a cover to fit your window well just right takes precision and careful analysis. The downside, however, is that the level of effort sharply increases the production time for each cover – potentially by weeks – while also raising the overall price of the order. The extended timeline and costs often drive customers to do-it-yourself methods instead.

Can You Do It Yourself?

If done properly, a do-it-yourself project can save you time and money – emphasis on properly. In a DIY job, you’re the one picking the materials and design for the cover, and the wrong choice could spell disaster. For instance, woods, plastics, and meshes wear down and break over time. Similarly, the cover must be sturdy enough to resist wind while still being easy enough to pull off for escape. That said, if you know what you’re doing, your DIY window well cover can work – often at a lower price than a custom cover.

Helping You Make the Right Choice

DIY and custom window well covers each offer significant advantages and disadvantages. While do-it-yourself projects can save time and money compared to custom options, DIYs also require you to personally assess the specific needs of your window well, with your decisions determining the course of the project.
To ensure quality and effectiveness without having to do everything yourself, custom window wells are just what you need, and you can get excellent ones here at Mountainland Covers. Our advanced designs guarantee structural integrity, and we’ll work with you to make sure the cover fits just right with your window well. Contact us to learn more and place an order today.


The Importance of Having a Window Well Ladder

Window wells are a requirement for homes with basements. In fact, window wells legally must have enough space for a firefighter in full gear. But whether it’s you or emergency services trying to access your window well, having a window well ladder makes it easier to go up and down.
But how do you know if you need a window well ladder? Chances are you do, and it’s better to have one just to be safe, but let’s look at how you can know for sure.

What is a Window Well Ladder?

First, a window well ladder, or an egress ladder, is an item that helps you, your family, or emergency services get up and down your window. It’s essential for worst-case scenarios.
Instead of struggling to boost your family up over the uncomfortable corners of a window well, ladders provide easier access. Having an egress ladder is especially important if you have deep window wells.

Do You Need One?

By law, if a window well is more than 44-inches deep, you must have a window well ladder. This isn’t something that’s included if you build a home, though. As the homeowner, it falls on you to ensure your home is up to code.
Take a few seconds to measure your window well. And then measure again. If you meet the requirements but don’t have a ladder, it’s important to install one immediately. Even if you don’t meet the legal requirements, however, a ladder makes your home safer. Period.

Where Can You Get a Ladder?

You can get a custom-made window well ladder from Mountainland Covers. We design our ladders to meet your window well specifications and make sure it fits properly. We will take all the necessary measurements and make a ladder to fit your window well. That’s it! There’s no guesswork and you can rest easy knowing that your home is covered in case of an emergency.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Give Mountainland Covers a call today to learn how we can get your window well ladders installed.