In order to allow natural light to come in your basement, window wells are installed, and this also helps dirt and moisture away. The right installation of window wells are often seen in urban settings and private houses found below the level of the ground. A window well's protective pit prevents moisture, maximizing daylight use too. There are various sizes, shapes and designs available depending on the basement windows you have.


Aside from limiting water and dirt access on your basement, a window well prevents melting and soaking of snow on your basement, keeping away debris, leaves and animals, while providing protection in your basement windows. The most important function of a basement window is allowing the natural light to enter your basement so it doesn't look dingy and creepy. Installation of window wells in your basement will make it look pleasant and comfortable, reducing electricity consumption as well. Your window well can be a beautiful decorating medium through creativity and imagination, adding fashionable appearance and style to your home.


Depending on the size of your window and its depth into the ground, a  window well's dimension and size is determined by your basement window's size. As a general rule, the pit's length should always exceed the window's half width, and must be perpendicular to the sides of the wall not exceeding one meter. The bottom part of a window well should also go below with three to five degree angle. The different shapes of window wells include rectangular, square and semi-circular.


Many companies manufacture window well from various materials, and there are also ready-made windows available. For ready-made window wells, you should get the exact size by carefully measuring  what you need following the policies and rules governing window well installation. Galvanized steel window wells come in holes for a more an easier installation with a longer life span, while corrugated steel window wells are more cost-effective among other materials.


The advantages of having a metal window well installation includes its durability, withstanding different weather conditions, retaining its shape in changes in temperature and prevents leaking. On the other hand, the advantages of having a plastic window well are it doesn't rust nor dent, is weather proof, durable, with a good thermal insulation and can be easily bolted through its pre-drilled holes. For a wider range of style options, timber egress is the key to a nice and neat looking design.


Concrete brick or block window wells also give a pleasant look, however since it need masonry work, it is costly and more time-consuming. If you want to read more about window wells you can go to



Window wells should prevent its dampness appearance by being equipped with a good drainage system allowing water diversion from your basement.