Basement Bulkhead Cellar Doors – Their Advantages and Key Features
By Mark J. Donovan
||When developing plans for a new home that includes a basement, it is important that the basement include egress to the outside. In many cases a walkout basement is not possible due to the contour of the property. In these cases a basement bulkhead door, or basement cellar door, is the right solution.
Basement Bulkhead Door Advantages
A couple of key advantages of basement bulkhead doors include flexibility in the location of them around the foundation, and the wide standard widths that they are available in.
Basement bulkhead door widths (approximately 4.5” wide) allow you to easily store lawn furniture and tools in your basement, as well enable easy access for servicing your home’s HVAC and electrical systems.
Key Basement Bulkhead Door Features
When selecting a basement bulkhead door or cellar door system look for units that have torsion systems to enable the doors to open and close easily without endangering yourself. Also make sure the doors latch open, so they won’t accidentally close on you. If you have ever had a bulkhead door close on your head, you know what I mean.
Also, for security measures look for basement bulkhead doors that have solid locking systems. The doors should have a slide bolt lock assembly on the inside of the door.
Depending upon the size of the bulkhead door opening a custom door may need to be built. At a minimum, a doorframe will need to be installed around the inside perimeter of the concrete doorframe. Use pressure treated wood when installing the door frame, and again apply a sealant between the pressure treated wood and the concrete walls.
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