Is your bulkhead or cellar door leaking, rotted or rusted? The Bulkhead Man & Sons LLC installs high-quality steel bulkheads and cellar doors. We are able to fit virtually any size required. Every door is made to exact measurements, so we are able to provide the best fitting doors for each and every cellar door installation or replacement job. Our cellar door products include a 10-year warranty against defects and we offer a one-year guarantee on all installations.
For a free estimate on your bulkhead or cellar door installation, call us a 1-844-385-8904 or click below to schedule your on-site consultation today.
This bulkhead was a steel door mounted on concrete which was at or below grade. In order to raise the grade, form boards were built and concrete poured to raise the foundation by approximately 6 inches. The concrete for this job was mixed by hand. Because all of our doors are custom built, we can adjust the height of the door accounting for the increase in the foundation. When form boards were removed, foundation plates and the new bulkhead were installed. The door and foundation plates come standard with red-oxide primer. We recommend painting with a high quality, oil based paint.
This Bow, NH customer had a bulkhead cellar door that was leaking and rusted. They decided to give us a call to asses the issue.
The Fix: We removed the rusted door and installed a new custom designed bulkhead that increased the height by several inches. Foundation plates were used to cover edges of concrete foundation to protect concrete from ice and snow and also provides a level surface to install the new bulkhead.
Steelway Cellar Doors has been manufacturing custom steel cellar doors and pre-fabricated steel cellar entrances since 1963.
Steelway Cellar Doors offers a wide variety of custom and pre-fabricated bulkhead and cellar door styles at all price points to fit your needs.
Features of Steelway Cellar Doors:
Cellar Door Styles:
Learn more about the styles of cellar doors available or contact us to speak with one of our design specialists about your project.
The standard door is characterized by a 90-degree angle formed by the house and bulkhead foundation. We are capable of installing the standard door on steel stair units, steel stair units with collars, concrete, field stone, brick, cinder block and other masonry type foundations. We are capable of raising the height of many stair units with metal collars. We are also capable of raising the height of concrete, field stone, cinder block and brick foundations by forming and pouring concrete over the existing foundation. We can accommodate nearly any size bulkhead, and provide an optimal fit of a completely custom door. Whether we alter existing foundations or not, we install our doors with steel foundation plates whenever possible to help prevent foundation erosion and damage, as well as water penetration. When we are finished we bevel the interior bulkhead foundation with mortar for additional water protection.
The flat top door is normally installed on a sloped concrete or field stone foundation. There are no metal sides on the door frame. Normally, we form around the foundation and pour mortar to create a flat surface to mount the door. We can raise the level of the foundation to prevent water from cresting the threshold of the door. We install nearly all flat doors with a steel piece that extends up under the siding and over the top of the door frame to prevent water penetration. Flat doors are installed with foundation plates that extend under the door and down the outside of the foundation. Normally, foundation plates extend 4 inches or more under the bulkhead, and 3 inches down the face of the foundation. This helps prevent concrete foundation erosion and damage, and as well as water penetration.
The angle-on-angle door is installed where the angle formed by the entry foundation and the house is greater than 90 degrees. We can install angle-on-angle doors on concrete, brick, and even fieldstone foundations. We can also make repairs and changes to foundations prior to installation. These doors are installed with steel foundation plates when possible to help prevent concrete foundation erosion and damage, as well as water penetration. Normally, the foundation plates extend 3 inches under the bulkhead and 2 inches down the face of the foundation. Foundation plates are not always an option, because we often form and pour angle-on-angle doors in place. When finished we bevel the interior bulkhead foundation with mortar for additional water protection.
The one-legged door is installed into corners where the house or building is used to support one side of the bulkhead. When possible, we use a piece of angled steel to mount the door to the house, as well as foundation plates along the front and side of the foundation to help prevent concrete foundation erosion and damage, as well as water penetration. The piece of steel used to mount to the house is extended up under the siding as far as possible to create the best fit. When finished, we bevel the foundation inside the bulkhead with mortar for additional water protection.
The along-side door is installed on foundations where the bulkhead entry is parallel to the house. We are capable of providing a cellar entry solution for nearly any size foundation. When possible, we use a piece of angled steel to mount the door to the house, as well as foundation plates along the front and side of the foundation to help prevent concrete foundation erosion and damage, as well as water penetration. The piece of steel used to mount to the house is extended up under the siding as far as possible to create the best fit. When finished, we bevel the foundation inside the bulkhead with mortar for additional water protection.
Breakthroughs are performed on homes without an existing cellar entry. First, a small rubber tracked excavator is used to excavate a small area for the desired cellar entry location. The excavated dirt is placed on tarps to minimize disturbing the yard. Next, an opening is cut into the foundation and the concrete is removed. Once the foundation is opened up we can install either a metal stair unit or a block foundation, depending on your preference. The block foundation allows for a set of wooden stairs that can be removed relatively easily. The metal stair units are fully welded 12 gauge steel and the stairs are welded in place. The dirt is replaced around the metal stairs or block foundation, and finally the top is installed. There is a minimal impact on the area surrounding the bulkhead. Custom block foundations can be installed instead of metal or pre-cast stair units. This allows the customer to have any size they desire.
We are capable of complete steel bulkhead unit replacements. We can replace steel stair units with new tops, including doors installed with collars. This allows us to sometimes raise the height of the bulkhead threshold above grade if it is an issue. All stair replacements are hand dug, so there is no worry about destroying your yard or having to take down a fence. Hand digging also reduces the possibility of damage to buried pipes or your home. Polyurethane sealant is utilized where the stair unit meets the foundation to provide additional protection from water penetration. The stair units are fastened to the foundation using concrete anchors prior to being back-filled with dirt. Upon completion, the stair unit extending below the basement threshold is filled with concrete to provide additional protection from water penetration, and to provide an additional step. The exterior of all stair units is covered with a water resistant sealant to help resist corrosion, and the interior comes fully primed. The stair treads are welded into the stair unit, which offers superior quality and durability than traditional metal stair units. New bulkhead doors are installed on new stair units, and collars are installed when necessary. When we are done you are left with a quality bulkhead installation and little disturbance to your yard.
Watch our before and after video to see many of the replacement cellar door styles we offer!
We offer surface bonding for cinder block, brick, concrete and most other masonry types of foundations. Surface bonding creates a uniform surface that increases resistance to leaking, but is also aesthetically pleasing. This is a good option for foundations that have a rough exterior/interior that would benefit from resurfacing. Surface bonding takes place after all other concrete/mortar work has been completed and has cured.
We frequently use boards to form around or expand existing foundations in order to produce a uniform concrete pour. This technique is typically used to raise existing foundations that are susceptible to leaking due to close proximity to the ground, to rebuild damaged or deteriorated concrete, or to create additional steps and expanded space for a larger bulkhead top. Form and pours typically require at least two nonconsecutive days for completion, because time is required for the concrete or mortar to harden prior to the bulkhead top’s installation.
We are able to modify and rebuild concrete stairs that have been damaged or deteriorated in pre-cast concrete bottoms. We often rebuild stairs in addition to forming and pouring over the top of the existing foundation due to damage or height concerns. We also often replace the standard wooden stairs with concrete stairs for precast units with sloped backs. We try to maintain the same height of all stair treads, and are especially concerned with the top stair tread height in order to make entry as safe and easy as possible.
We offer metal stair tread replacement for metal stair units that do not require complete replacement. We remove the existing metal stairs and replace them with heavier 12 gauge steel treads that are secured with stainless steel self tapping screws. The stair treads come primed and have a course top for increased traction.
We can install doors with locking tabs for padlocks on the interior or exterior of your custom cellar door. The locking tabs are securely welded to the surface of your doors.
Gas pistons can be ordered to aid with opening/closing of the doors. Gas pistons are not necessary on all doors. However, they are beneficial on large doors, but they are not essential.
Contact us today to schedule your on-site consultation and get a free estimate on your bulkhead or cellar door installation or replacement project. The Bulkhead Man & Sons LLC is your professional cellar door contractor in Mont Vernon, Manchester, Nashua and the surrounding area in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.