Window wells may seem like a, well…boring subject, but they serve several purposes and are actually an important structural component of your home. If your home has a basement, you need window wells and window well accessories. Here’s why:

  • Safety. First and foremost, you need window wells in your basement to keep you and your family safe. Window wells serve as an escape, exit, or entrance during emergencies like a fire, burglary, etc.
  • It’s the law. Almost all city and county building codes and insurance policies require window wells to be present in residential basements. The city of Lincoln requires a window well in each finished/livable room of your basement (it’s a good idea to have them even if your basement is unfinished, too). More details about city laws regarding window wells can be found here
  • Natural light. Basement windows and window wells are a good way to allow natural light into your home. Natural light will open up your space and take your basement from dark and dreary to bright and inviting. Window well materials come in a variety of beautiful stone and metal finishes, which can even add exterior charm to your home.  
  • Ventilation. Basements are typically characterized as being damp and musty. A window well allows outside air to enter your basement directly and keep the area fresh and dry. This can save you money on utilities and even increase the overall value of your home.
  • Window well covers for structural security. Window wells provide many benefits for your home, but as the name suggests, can also introduce several issues. During periods of heavy precipitation, water, snow, and ice can collect in your well. A window well cover will keep water and debris out of your window well and away from your windows, so to not leak into your home. Window well covers are available in clear, UV resistant varieties that will not compromise the entrance of natural light.
  • Window well covers for safety. Not only do you need window well covers to protect your basement, you need them to keep your children and pets safe. It may sound silly, but window wells (especially those that are considerably deep) can be hazardous to small children and pets. Covers will prevent accidental falls and many will support up to several hundred pounds of weight.

If you haven’t given much thought to your window wells, it may be time to dig deep (pun intended) into installing, repairing, replacing, or simply sprucing them up. Window wells can add significant value to your home in several ways. Epp Foundation Repair offers complete window well services at affordable rates. For more information regarding our window wells, visit