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Bilco Door alternatives?

Posted by dredpir8 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 16, 10 at 11:05

Hi all,

We have to replace our old rusted out Bilco door and were wondering if there were some other, more aesthetic, alternatives. We're not looking at changing the type of egress, just the appearance of the doors themselves.

The old-style wooden ones are very attractive with their farmhouse appearance but we realize they will not be as good at keeping out water etc and will require much more maintenance.

Basically I want a Bilco door that doesn't look like metal or plastic.


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RE: Bilco Door alternatives?

Can't say I've seen a modern wood basement door but I haven't looked either. Constructed out of appropriate materials and properly maintained, I don't see why one wouldn't last a good long time.

How about trimming a basic steel door with wood?

RE: Bilco Door alternatives?

Hi Mike,
Thanks for the feedback. That's the conclusion I reached as well. I like your idea about trimming the steel door. Do you have any ideas how I would do that? Just glue thin pieces to the steel?

RE: Bilco Door alternatives?

I'd think it would depend on what kind of wood you're planning on using because you have to take into account wood movement. You also want to pick a wood suitable for outdoor use -- cedar, cypress, redwood, or one of the tropical hardwoods used for decking. For the large surface of the doors you could use something like marine grade plywood or T1-11. All depends on your taste and budget.

For the doors, I was thinking of something along the lines of a fence where a couple or three horizontal pieces were glued to the door surface and the vertical pieces were screwed/nailed to that.

Remember the wood will add weight to the door making it more difficult to open.

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