Basement door

Jgib4 Posted By Jgib4, Sep 18, 2018 at 1:47 PM

  1. Jgib4

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    above this door is a set of steps leading to a set of leaky Bilco doors. New bilcos have been ordered and will hopefully be in soon. My question is how much heat and cold transfer am I letting happen by keeping this old door. It’s solid wood, about 1/4 to 1/2 thick. I’ve thought about tearing the molding off and sealing then joint between the wall and door frame with caulk instead of buying a brand new outside door. Anyone have thoughts or experience with this?
     

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    Is that below grade all around? Any insulation on either side of those foundation/exterior walls?

    I'd bet you aren't losing much more heat through that door than you're already giving up through the walls. If you were going to insulate the whole room than maybe it would make sense to also do something better with the door. Otherwise...I'd leave it. It's a pretty cool looking door!

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    No I half finished my basement last year. Left two walls bare and just painted, and added two but didn’t insulate. It is a cool looking door I agree. It has a sign on it that says Scott towels lol. The trim is pretty busted up so I may just replace that and caulk real good to help keep air from transferring if that’s the case.
     

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