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The Bilco Company Introduces New Basement Door for Homes with Sloped Sidewalls


The BILCO Company has introduced a new basement door for homes with sloped sidewalls that is much easier to install and features improved lift assistance design for easy, one-hand door operation.

The new Type BR door from BILCO is designed for installation on sloped sidewalls of brick, stone, block or poured concrete, which are generally found on older homes throughout the country. For these homes, basement door replacement can often be more challenging than newer homes with an areaway surface that is flat or at grade level. The BR Sloped Wall door simplifies sizing and installation.

The Bilco Company Introduces New Basement Door for Homes with Sloped Sidewalls

Unlike the company’s previous basement door model for sloped walls, the frame of the new model does not hang down into the masonry opening, making installation fast and easy. The Type BR basement door is designed with a flat frame that can simply be placed on top of the sidewalls and positioned as required to accommodate the areaway opening dimensions. The door is available in three standard sizes and extension panels and foundation plates are available to accommodate virtually any areaway dimension.

Ideal operation for sloped wall basement door installations has always been a bit tricky as the angle of the sidewalls can greatly affect the lift assistance required. In addition to simplified sizing and installation, the Type BR basement door features an innovative lift assistance design to solve this problem.

The new door has been well-received by contractors who have started installing the doors. “This new door will nearly eliminate the need for custom-made doors,’’ said Dave Sensenig of Better Basement Solutions in Pennsylvania. “In many cases, the hinged brackets that extended down were off by just a few inches, and it required a custom-made door. This will make it easier to install the door and save customers a lot of money.”

This new design features gas spring operators and supplemental coil springs to counter-balance the door leaves for easy one-hand operation. The gas spring operators do the heavy lifting and the adjustable coils allow homeowners to fine tune the operation of their door to match the angle of their sidewalls.

The Type BR door features heavy gauge steel construction and includes concealed hinges that are protected from weather to ensure all-season operation. The flanged design disperses water to ensure a weathertight areaway and the baked-on primer finish ensures many years of dependable service.

For more information about the BILCO basement doors, visit the company website at

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