April 07, 2012

A Basement Door with a Finish That’s Tough as Nails

Subjecting Bilco’s New Basement Door to Our Own Torture Test

This post is in partnership with Bilco. All opinions are my own.

The Bilco Company caught my eye at this year’s International Builder’s Show where they were showcasing a new super-tough, powder coat finish on their classic basement door.

The company makes more basement entry doors than anyone else in the world.  One of their key features is a gas spring lift assist system that prevents doors from slamming closed and allows easy opening with only one hand.  But the real news, I discovered, was the impressive, factory-applied finish.  The company claims it virtually eliminates on-site painting, cuts way down on maintenance and resists nicks and scratches. 

After the show, I had the chance to put this new finish to the test first hand.  My team and I took a sample door into the shop and pummeled it with everything we could think of – dirt, paint, garden tools, rakes, shovels, wood logs, big rocks, and even a bowling ball. Yes, a bowling ball. When the dust had settled we examined our door and found that it had only one small knick that was easily touched up.

If you’d like to see for yourself the kind of punishment we inflicted and how the door held up, watch the video.

Click here to visit the Bilco website for more product information.

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