Why You Shouldn’t ‘DIY’ Your Window Well Cover

This year, homeowners have been tapping into their DIY skills more and more. With plenty of online tutorials, plans, and a few trips to the hardware store, it seems like it is possible to DIY anything these days. One thing we would not recommend testing your skills on is a window well cover. Although it may seem simple, there are many factors to consider when thinking about your window well cover.


There are multiple things to consider when determining the material that should be used for your window well cover. The weight of the material should be heavy enough that it will not blow away during severe weather but light enough for ease of egress in case of emergency.  Additionally, you should consider the weight capacity that may be on top of the well. For example, some material could cave in during heavy snowfall or if someone walks over it.

While DIY solutions might sound appealing, purchasing a commercial window well cover is likely your best option. Shape Products offer Premium Polycarbonate Window Well Covers that have up to 400 lb. weight capacity. These covers are durable, safe, and offering in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your needs.

Emergency Escape

The main purpose of an egress window well is to provide a route for escape in case of an emergency. DIY window wells could malfunction and leave someone trapped and unable to escape in the event of a fire or other disaster.

Shape Products has taken these things into consideration and ensure that our Premium Window Well Covers are safe and meet the IRC Egress Code. The covers also come with spring clip attachment hardware which makes the covers easy to open.


Allowing light to flood into your basement might be a reason that you create a DIY window well cover that has clear plastic or mesh as a covering. We have already covered why this is a safety issue, but it also may detract from the curb appeal of your home.

Clear polycarbonate window well covers offer an appealing look and let ample light into the basement. Many polycarbonate window well covers also come in a variety of sizes making finding a solution to fit your well an easy task.

Though we know window wells can come in a variety of shapes and sizes and understand that you might feel the need to DIY because you haven’t found a window well cover to match the dimensions of your well. If this is the case, Shape Products has you covered!

We offer custom window well covers up to 156” in width and 51” in depth. These covers are made with premium polycarbonate and aluminum backbar for added stability. Within 14 days of your order, the cover will be hand-built and shipped to a local pick-up location.

Skip the research and let our team do the work for you. We would be happy to assist you in finding the right window well cover or to place a custom order. Contact us today!