THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A WELL COVER
Home improvement stores offer limited cover sizes at a reasonable cost, but lack aesthetic appeal, strength, durability and proper fit.
A well constructed well cover can add security, safety and value to your property.
Window wells left uncovered are certain to trap everything from leaves, debris, trash, frogs, mice to small animals. An uncovered well can be a safety hazard to small children as well as adults and an easy entry point for a burglar.
The thicker the material being used, the more support the cover will provide. 1/4" material will easily support 300 lbs.
Address the material being used to construct the cover. Acrylics and Plexiglas do not provide the strength like Polycarbonate. Polycarbonate will also withstand temperature changes and will not get brittle.
3.) FUNCTION & DESIGN:
Will the cover fully enclose your well and window. Some windows extend above the actual well. Also, consider if you prefer the cover to hinge open or prefer it to lift completely off.
Consider how you want your cover to look. A good looking well cover can add value to your property.
Can the cover be locked from the underneath side to ward off potential burglars, but still allow easy escape in case of emergency.
Decide how well you want the cover to fit. Covers that are custom made to fit your well will generally look much more appealing.
Proper ventilation reduces condensation and heat build up.