A homeowner can choose the correct size of Bilco door by measuring the dimensions of the existing areaway foundation. Then the homeowner enters those measurements on the Bilco website to find the Bilco door that will fit the opening.
Bilco's website has measurement directions along with an illustration of the parts of the areaway to measure. The homeowner enters four measurements: inside and outside width, inside and outside length, and height in the boxes on the Bilco size chart.
Bilco manufactures a variety of outside basement doors for homes with either flat or sloped areaways. This type of door allows for direct access to the basement without entering the home and can be used to add a code-compliant living space in the basement area. Basement access through an outside door is also useful for storing large items such as outdoor furniture or pool supplies. Bilco's doors are available in steel or polyethylene. A homeowner can purchase the steel variety with a powder coat finish so that the homeowner does not need to paint. The Ultra series door has virtually no maintenance needed because it won't rot or rust and, with its polyethylene construction, never needs painting.
Bilco's website includes retailers and dealers within specific ZIP codes, which sell the company's products. Homeowners can also find out from the website where in the homeowner's area to find model homes with Bilco doors. The company also makes egress window wells and basement entrances consisting of a precast concrete stairwell and a Bilco basement door.