Cost to Install a Window Well Cover – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 275

$ 200

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 82% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Install a Window Well Cover noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to install a window well cover? The contractor cost to install a window well cover is $275 vs. doing it yourself for $200 and saving 27 percent.

For safety’s sake, a basement window well should be covered to prevent someone from falling into it, and aesthetically, a cover can be an attractive component of a house that complements the building.

Left uncovered and open to the elements, a well can become a bottomless pit where leaves and debris collect, preventing sunlight from filtering inside. More importantly, the debris can be an obstacle to using the window as egress or a way to escape through the window if the need arises.

You get what you pay for with a lower price cover that easily cracks and succumbs to sunlight, snow, and rains. A better choice is a window well made of heavy material with the strength to withstand harsh weather conditions and the weight of someone standing on it.

Most are designed in half moon or rectangular shapes with a quick-release mechanism that lets you open the cover to exit through the basement window. You’ll find the covers sold at home centers and lumberyards and online by typing “window well covers” into a search engine. The retailer or Web site will provide instructions to measure your opening and order the appropriate size.

A handyman will install a 41 by 19 inch half moon shaped window well cover for $275, which includes labor and material. You can buy the unit for $200 and do it yourself and save 27 percent. Carpentry experience and tools will help. Since most of these units are designed for homeowner installation manufacturers provide comprehensive instructions.

Take a look at the wide selection of window well covers at Window Well Experts.

The average price to install a window well cover noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

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