Strong Steel Construction
Allows Air Circulation
Allows Some Light
Deflects Large Debris
Simple Slide Off Design Eliminates Heavy Lifting
Powder Coated Finish
Support up to 350lbs
Metalguard Custom Window Well Covers
Why Custom Metalguard Covers?
Our Metalguard Window well covers are powder coated and designed to provide a strong steel cover that is lightweight allowing easy exit by simply sliding the cover forward. Our design eliminates the heavy lifting associated with most other window well covers. Customers love this feature since most kids and even adults are unable to lift and balance the typical heavy metal covers offered by others.
Polyguard Covers Inc. will manufacture each cover based on the size and situation. Any special requests should be discussed prior to the manufacturing of the covers.
Metalguard Covers installed on corrugated metal window wells
No. 1 reason homeowners replace their steel covers?
Covers are too heavy- kids and elderly cannot lift and remove the covers.
Mesh or expanded steel material used to manufacture the covers is too thick and too heavy.
Covers are made to fit on the inside of the well which means kids and adults must lift the entire weight of the cover above their head, balance the weight, and push it off to get out of the basement window well.
SOLUTION: Our METALGUARD Cover!
We listened to homeowners and have created a window well cover that eliminates these concerns.
We use a slightly thinner mesh/expanded metal material that reduces the weight by almost 50% while still supporting 350lbs.
Our Metalguard Covers are designed to fit over the top of the window well and to the outside. This eliminates the need for kids and adults to lift and balance the entire weight above their head to remove the cover. With our design you simply slide the cover forward to remove it from the window well and climb out.
Other METALGUARD Benefits:
When soils expand and contract, window wells will shift and change shape. When that happens, our Metalguard covers will still fit the well. Whereas, covers that fit on the inside of the well will typically fall into the well because the well opening expands too much to hold the cover in place, or the cover is difficult to remove because the soil expansion causes the well opening to be reduced or collapse. The window well cover can then be stuck inside the opening of the window well.
Are Covers Hinged?
NO! It is not necessary to hinge covers or connect them to the house. To hinge a cover to the house or foundation only results in permanent holes into the side of your house. This also drives up the labor and cost of installation. A hinged cover will most likely get in the way of a quick exit or fall down as you climb out and hit you on the head or back causing injury.
Metalguard Cover with window height protection
What is a window height?
When a portion of the window is above the top of the window well we define this as a window height. For this situation the steel material can be extended and formed to cover this portion of the exposed window. This is similar to a backsplash at the back of a counter top. The extra material provides added protection for this area of the window. The cover and window height material are all one solid piece.
Metalguard Covers are typically a semi-custom cover. We have chosen material and a process that we think provides you with the best cover aesthetically and functionally. We use angle iron to bend and wrap around the outside of the well (except for wells surrounded by concrete or decking material) so that there is a smooth outer edge. This prevents the cover from shifting too far from one side or the other. Bending angle iron is a difficult and challenging process. The covers are designed to have a loose fit for easy removal and egress. Metalguard covers will not fit like a glove but will match the shape the best that we can with some slight variation from one well to the next. Metalguard Covers cannot be manufactured for highly custom situations. Our design also eliminates the need to lift the entire weight of the cover; the covers simply can be removed by sliding them forward. Metalguard Covers are usually manufactured and installed within 3-4 weeks of approval.
After many years of replacing “Heavy Metal” window well cover and grates with our lightweight Polyguard Covers we decided to manufacture our own steel window well covers for those that prefer metal covers.
Metalguard Cover installed within a deck, patio, or other walkways
Many window wells are installed with the lip of the window well even with the surrounding surface or below the surrounding surface. In this situation covers are made to sit flat (1/4” rise) for window wells within a deck, patio, or other walkway. The entire cover will overlap 1.5” to 2” onto the surrounding surface for proper support. Installing the cover with minimum rise reduces the possibility of the cover presenting a tripping hazard.
Sometimes window wells have the lip of the window well above the surrounding surface which presents a tripping hazard. Covers for this situation will be installed similar to a standard cover.
IMPORTANT: Window well covers are not intended to be a structural surface such as concrete, wood, or other walking surface material. If you have a need for a structural cover please contact us to discuss other options.
Metalguard Cover installed on wood, concrete, fiberglass, brick, etc.
Metalguard Covers installed on wood, concrete, fiberglass, brick, or other window well types are similar to covers installed on corrugated window wells. The covers will fit to the outside of the window well allowing the cover to easily slide forward and out of the way for escape. Bracing and design will vary based on size and situation.
Metalguard Cover installed on wood, concrete, fiberglass, or brick with a window height
What is a window height?
When a portion of the window is above the top of the window well, we define this as a window height. For this situation the steel material can be extended and formed to cover this portion of the exposed window. This is similar to a backsplash at the back of a counter top. The extra material provides added protection for this area of the window. The cover and window height material are all one solid piece. Depending on the size and situation the window height material will either be solid metal or expanded metal.