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Cellar Door Installation & Replacement

What’s the big deal about Cellar Doors?

In many areas of the country, houses are built with a basement or crawl space below ground level to be used as a storage space and are a home for some important systems such as water heaters and air conditioning units. These areas need to be protected from the outside, and unwelcome intruders, just as much as the living spaces above. Because of this, cellar doors exist.

Often called Bilco or Bulkhead doors, these doors are designed to shelter your basement or crawlspace from the elements outside, such as water, debris, and even stand as a defense against pests gaining access to your home.

There are multiple materials to choose from, including:

  • Steel- obviously the strongest choice and can withstand the elements for up to twenty years with proper maintenance. However, if not well maintained, the doors will rust and deteriorate, especially in damper climates.
  • Fiberglass- similar to plastic, it doesn’t rust or rot. These materials are extremely durable and offer a different shape choice from the traditional slanted doors, called the clam door. A clam door is typically made from fiberglass and is formed into the shape of a half-clam-shell. These doors are single and come with a long hinge along the back, and the option to add a small lock for your peace of mind.
  • Plastic- similar to fiberglass, however, isn’t as structurally strong, making it a good choice for climates with low snowfall.

Why it’s always best to go to the professionals

Once you’ve chosen the type of door you’re looking for, it’s best to reach out to the professionals, as an improperly installed door could do more harm than good in the long run. If the cellar door isn’t properly sealed or set into the base of the foundation correctly, the space could be vulnerable to water, debris and even pest invasions.

If you’re looking for a new cellar door, the experts at HomePro Match are just a call or click away!

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