Easy Custom Window Well Covers

April 23, 2018

It is possible to buy most size window covers in your local home improvement store, most, but not all. In this column I will show you a quick and easy way to make your own covers, allowing plenty of light to go into the area, and allowing for the important emergency exit.

During the years I have found that making a template saves cash in the long term. I strongly suggest you make yourself a custom template of the window nicely. You can square off the shape, as though it was a rectangle or square when you purchase the item of Plexiglas.

It’s been my experience that the regional big box stores do not carry sheets of Plexiglas, and so you will need to telephone the local glass company and purchase the piece of Plexiglas or Lexan, you may need for this particular project. The difference in cost will be considerable, with Lexan being shatter resistant. I moved the Plexiglas route, but you will have to decide for yourself. Cutting the Plexiglas is pretty straightforward and straight ahead. Put in a plywood blade in your circular saw and a fine tooth in your jig saw. If Wandtücher are not comfortable cutting on it yourself, most glass businesses can do it for you, for an additional charge. In case you have them cut the Plexiglas, remember to bring your template to allow them to use, and do not forget to ask for the cutoff pieces. You can use them for smaller fun jobs like coasters and image frames.

Next measure the distance throughout the rear of the window the straight edge, against the home and buy a period of angled strut, to match. You know the kind I’m talking about, the metallic angle that is usually utilized to hang garage door monitors and openers. Anchor that angle to the rear wall, so it will serve as a location for your new cover to sit down, ensuring the top of it’s level with the surface of the window well. If the front edge is right you can do exactly the exact same to it. If you have a continuous curve then cut 2 or 3 parts of strut about 1” to 2” long and attach them to the inside of the front edge, spacing them equally, making certain you have 1 strong hole in each one.

Lay the newly cut Plexiglas cover on your new framed opening, carefully put it into position, and making sure to keep it firmly against the rear wall. When you’re done drilling shed a 14” clevis pin into each hole. You can fasten each pin in place by slipping the locking clips into a pit in the clevis pin, from the interior. Now put a liberal bead of silicone (100% pure silicone) across the back edge and on the siding or brick. When this dries it’s going to serve as a hinge when you start the cover.