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HOW TO PAINT EGRESS WINDOW COVERS

Sharing how to paint egress window well covers for an egress window well

My family gave me a collective eye roll when I mentioned I wanted to paint the window well covers in our backyard. I never paid attention to the window well grates.

As a Realtor, I check for window well covers and exit ladders on egress windows, but as a homeowner? Not so much. But window well covers are the goalie for egress window wells. They keep the leaves, critters and yard debris from landing at the bottom of a window well!

WHAT ARE WINDOW WELL COVERS?

Window well covers are functional but there is room to make them look better when the aluminum finish looks dull and tired.

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After a few seasons, the finish starts to look like my complexion after the long winter. 

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Window well covers are the goalies for blowing leaves, little critters, and at our house tennis balls. The egress window cover’s job is to catch the debris before it tumbles into the bottom of a basement (cellar) window well.

How to Paint Egress Window Well Covers for Egress windows

And, if you have a garden level or walkout basement you may have a few window well covers for your egress windows.

HOW TO PAINT EGRESS WINDOW WELL COVERS

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STEPS TO PAINT WINDOW WELL COVERS

How to Paint Window Well Covers
  • Tape the home’s exterior with craft paper or drop cloth to protect the house from paint spray
  • I covered about 12″ from the ground up and a little wider than the length of the window well. 
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  •   Remove the debris and give the window well cover a good sweep.
  • I used a primer + paint black spray paint!
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  • I sprayed over the window well multiple times making sure to spray from different angles of the grate.

This was a one hour project that made the window wells look so fresh and pretty. I love the finished look! This project was inexpensive with the cost of one to two cans of spray paint.

Do you have basements where you live?

You can find more details and code details about egress windows here.

How to Paint Window Well Covers for Egress Window Wells

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2 Comments

  1. They look great! We have a few of those windows but no covers! I’ve never seen anything like that around here. They are pretty–especially when painted!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Heather! I think the window covers are only when the window well is 5′ deep and requires a ladder on the interior side. That’s my nerdy Realtor speak! ha! laura

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