If you are looking for detailed information on the pros and cons of metal vs. plastic window well covers, read this carefully.
The wild and woolly world of window wells and everything that belongs to it (covers, ladders, egress, non-egress, regulations, etc.) is both fascinating and annoying. On the one hand, you need them; on the other hand, there is so little written about them online. So when you are faced with the seemingly simple dilemma of which material is the best to cover your wells with, you are very likely to get more confused than anything else.
Let’s get right into it and see what your window well cover options are.
If you are a first-time buyer, you will be extremely tempted to hop over to the nearest store and get the cheapest acrylic one that would fit your well. That’s a fine choice but a very short-term solution. Acrylic covers tend to turn yellow and brittle very fast. So you will need to replace them every couple of years or so. Don’t take our word for it, though. Give them a try 😉
We should stipulate that when we use the term “plastic” window well cover, we are actually referring to our custom-made polycarbonate covers. We will explain all the differences a bit later. But coming back to the conundrum of the metal window well covers vs. plastic window well covers, let’s first explore the intricacies of plastic covers.