Well Covers – Make a Feature of your Well
Oxfordshire Glass Ltd are the UK’s leading supplier and installer of glass well covers, basement light well covers and ‘walk-on’ glass floors, with over 800 completed installations.
We provide friendly, expert advice and a full “supply and fit” service from Cornwall to Scotland and are the only firm to do so. Remember, glass must be transported safely, it cannot be insured against damage when sent by ordinary carrier, and have expert fitting.
We have supplied well-covers in export packaging for customers in the Channel Islands, Northern Ireland and Texas, USA. In September 2017 we air-freighted a ‘walk-on’ glass well cover for the Altdorf Biergarten, one of the oldest historic buildings in Fredericksburg, Texas which dates from 1846 (see photograph below). This month (October 2018) we will be delivering a glass well cover to The Badger Building in Burnet, Texas built in 1883.
One of our most prestigious projects was in May 2017, when we installed 16 ‘walk-on’ basement light well covers as part of the multi-million restoration of The Piece Hall, in Halifax, Yorkshire – a Grade 1 listed building built in 1779.
Whether flush with an internal floor, external patio paving or with raised brickwork, the photographs show how attractive glass well covers are and how glass floors can let extra light into a room below.
More technical information you might like to know
Domestic wells average between 3′ to 4 ‘ in diameter, although we can manufacture any size. Each cover is secure within a mild steel frame, shot-blasted, zinc primed and powder coated to the RAL colour of your choice. Frames can be made in stainless steel but they are more expensive. Remember, you want to make a feature of your well – not the steel ring ! Once the ring is grouted into the floor, you will forget it is there.
Our glass covers are made to exceed the distributed and concentrated load requirements of BS/EN standards, whether for domestic properties or public spaces. All are supplied with a 2 ” (50 mm ) sand-blasted (light grey) border around the perimeter of the top surface. The under-surface is coated with Ritec ‘Clearshield’ which minimises the ability of water droplets to adhere to it. The cover can be lifted out whenever access to the well is needed.
Condensation can affect external covers more than internal ones, and we recommend the installation of air vents on either side of the well brickwork to further minimise the risk of condensation. Any internal well lighting should be ‘LED’-type fixed onto the internal brickwork and connected to the nearest mains supply.
Please contact us to request a copy of our Guidance Notes “How to Make a Feature of your Well’ and note that cost estimates provided by telephone or email are subject to final measurement on site.
If you email us, please include your home address and contact telephone number. It makes it far easier for us to help you. Click on a photograph to enlarge it.
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Below is a small selection of our over 800 installations spanning across ten years of business.