Are you planning to install egress windows? You should also make a plan for window wells. These wells will help to improve lighting in the basement and help you meet the requirements of your municipality when it comes to egress requirements.
Requirements for egress windows and window wells differ greatly. If you’re in a municipality that allows for the use of timber for window wells, you may be wondering whether or not to use them. The following is a discussion on the pros and cons of using timber for window wells.
- They are long lasting
These window wells are designed to last a long time. The timber is treated to ensure that termites do not affect it. Timber is also a great choice for window wells, as it is not greatly affected by soil conditions.
- They’ll give you the best value
If you’re looking for the best value for money, then timber window wells are it. They are not as expensive as other commercial window wells. The materials are sourced locally making them affordable.
- A natural product
If you’re concerned about the effect of your activities on the environment, invest in a timber window well. They are a natural product that will not have a negative impact on the environment even years after being installed.
- They are aesthetically pleasing
Timber window wells are a great choice if you consider aesthetics. They will give you that natural warm look that goes with any kind of landscaping or interior décor. Your window well will probably be the best part of the basement.
- Skill required in installation
Not everyone is skilled enough to install a window well made of timber. There aren’t many professionals who can do it either. You therefore need to find a professional who has experience and skill in installing these types of window wells to ensure the best results.
- Rotting wood
If you’re not careful with the selection and installation of your window well, you may end up dealing with rot. This often occurs if the well is allowed to flood. You should therefore ensure that adequate drainage is installed in the window well.
There are various choices for window wells today. It is important to consider the pros and cons of each material before you make a decision. Consult with a basement waterproofing contractor for the best results.