I have a metal outside basement door unit (Bilco type with two doors
that open outward - picture of the type of door linked below). Does
anyone know of any type of gasket that could be used for these types of
doors? I notice that a lot of cold air comes in through these doors into
the basement and I'd like to make them more air-tight.
Thank you in advance for any responses.
Thanks for all of the ideas! I think I'll try the easiest solution first
by trying some sort of rubber or foam gasket. If that is not enough,
I'll consider putting in an inside door in the basement to seal off the
Replace the worn-out gasket, and adjust the door so it closes tightly?
Haven't seen one of these installs in years, but a common trick was to add
an inward-opening door at the bottom of the stairs, if you have the
floorspace and unobstructed headroom for it to swing. Makes it kind of hard
to carry stuff in and out, though. Is this the only basement entry? If not,
you could cheaply add a 'weather hatch' to the basement wall- an insulated
plywood panel that fits between vertical 2x4 rails on the wall, with 2x4 top
and bottom rails that drop into U-shaped clips to hold the panel snug
against the door opening. Not pretty, but cheap, and would keep the basement
warmer. Those external stairwells, even when they don't leak air, leak a lot
I"ve found that garage door bottom-strips, the soft rubber kind,
are excellent for that sort of thing. Even worked on the big 8
ft sliding door between my shop and the car part of the garage.
:I have a metal outside basement door unit (Bilco type with two
: that open outward - picture of the type of door linked below).
: anyone know of any type of gasket that could be used for these
: doors? I notice that a lot of cold air comes in through these
: the basement and I'd like to make them more air-tight.
: Thank you in advance for any responses.
I had the same problem, I went to lowes found an outside insulated door with
the brick molding broken off on the side and top. Lowes now owns the door so
see the manager and offer him 50 bucks for the broken door take door home
knock off the other brick molding build frame for door now you have a nice
insulated door at bottom of stair, as noted before get a door that swings
inward and also get the largest door to fit the opening mine was a 36 wide
door also install with screws in case you may need to remove door and frame
to get something into the basement that is large if you need pics e-mail me
I can take some and e-mail you.
If the doors open outward, than why not close the door, rip a piece of door
jamb 1x2 fasten it to a piece of thick rubber gasket, butt it up to the
door two sides and top then screw or nail it on. you can even purchase the
type used for front entrances with the magnet encased.
Those metal doors are a pain to seal and they conduct heat like crazy.
Clients of mine that have them also have a door at the bottom of the
I've solved problems like this with a piece of 2" extruded polysty
doubled up and cut to fit in the entryway. Quick fix and works great.
Don't forget handles or you'll break it getting it out.
Just do the inside door and alleviate your hassles. It stops drafts as well
as insulates. If you're not financially equipped right now then just do
some beadboard fitted into the opening. You will be far happier - ask me
how I know!
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