The Perfect Basement Apartment

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The Perfect Basement Apartment

When we got married, my husband and I moved into a lovely brick home. Because we were young and in debt, we would have benefited from being able to rent out a portion of our home to tenants. Unfortunately, our home didn’t include a basement apartment. If your basement is currently not being used, consider transforming it into a basement apartment. Before renting it out to tenants, you will need to make sure it meets certain specifications. For example, most local governments require basement apartments to contain a certain amount of windows. Usually, you will also have to ensure that your windows meet size requirements. On this blog, you will discover how to create the perfect basement apartment with the right windows.

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2 Benefits of Having Covers Installed Over Your Home Basement's Window Wells

If you have basement windows that are built below the surface of the surrounding ground, the empty spaces created are known as window wells. While these wells allow light to shine into your basement, their location makes the area prone to collecting dirt, mud, and debris that fills up the spaces.

To keep these wells cleaner, you may want to consider having them covered with window well covers. Besides keeping the dirt out, there are a couple of other benefits of having a professional install covers over your basement's window wells.

1. Add a Layer of Insulation to Basement Windows to Help Cut Down on Drafts in Your Home

One benefit of having covers installed over your basement's window wells is that they add a layer of insulation. Without anything to keep the cold air out, your basement windows are often a primary source of cold drafts in your house during the winter months. 

Along with drafts throughout your house, the cold air will also keep your basement cooler, making your heating system run harder to warm your house. However, when window well covers are installed, they are thick enough to block out the cold air and keep your home warmer.

2. Create a Barrier That Can Help Keep Water, Melting Ice, and Snow from Flooding Your Basement

Another benefit of having a professional install window well covers over your basement windows is that they can help keep your basement from flooding. Without any protective barrier, the wells become a collection spot for rainwater, snow, and ice.

As the rain collects in the wells and the snow and ice start melting, the water will start to flow through the cracks around the basement windows, which can create flooding conditions and water damage. However, when covers are installed over the wells, their waterproof material will help block the water and keep it from entering your basement and keeping the area drier.

If the wells around your basement's windows are allowing cold air and water into your home, you may benefit from having waterproof covers installed that will keep out the drafts and prevent flooding of your home. And while they do provide a protective barrier, they still allow light to filter into your basement. If you would like more information, contact a business in your area that offers residential window well installation services to speak with someone who can answer your questions.