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Basement Access Doors
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Basement access doors are a wonderful way to provide a safe and convenient access from the outside. If you do have a basement or are thinking of adding one, basement access doors are a wonderful way to get more use from your basement. However, you will want to take several things into consideration.

First you must decide on accurate construction of the areaway foundation. You can either use poured concrete or a concrete block. Next you will have to decide on stairs and doors. Many homeowners use pre-made stringers to support the doors because they are the most cost effective method. Other options include pre-cast concrete stairways.

If you are adding basement access doors to an existing foundation, you will want to make sure to hire a qualified contractor. Much work is involved in cutting into the surrounding foundation and wall. Also, proper knowledge is needed in order to follow the codes for bracing, headers and support. Adding basement access doors to a new home is a fairly easy process.

Next, you will need to install the doors. Basement access doors consist of a concrete well, sidewalls, and doors. If you are just replacing the doors, make sure to inspect the actual well and make sure it is in a suitable condition for new doors. You will also need to measure the overall width and length of the well.

Installation of the door unit requires you to take the door frame and bolt it into the concrete. You will then need to caulk the area for a tight hold. If you are looking to preserve the look and life of your doors, consider coating them with metal enamel.

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