Crawl Space Doors
Crawl Space Door Systems for Ventilated and
Unventilated Crawl Spaces
By: Mark J. Donovan
A crawl space
door is important to incorporate into home plans that include a crawl space.
A crawl space door is necessary for accessing crawl space vents and for
reaching electrical wires and plumbing pipes that typically reside
underneath a crawl space. In addition, it is important to have an air tight
and insulated crawl space door if it is to be used in an unvented crawl
space. An unvented crawl space is specifically designed to keep moisture out
of the crawl space and heat in it.
There are a number
of pre-manufactured crawl space doors on the market today that are made out of
plastic and steel, and that are available in a plethora of shapes and sizes.
Many pre-manufactured crawl space doors include louvers so that they can be
used in vented crawl space applications by simply removing the crawl space door
cover during hot and humid conditions.
The advantage of
using a pre-manufactured crawl space door is that they are resistant to mold and
mildew growth, and won’t rot. However, make sure when considering a
pre-manufactured crawl space door to examine the hinge and latching hardware.
Make sure that the hardware is also rust proof.
can also make your own crawl space door out of wood. Just make sure you insulate
the back of it and use non-rusting hinge and latching hardware.
The only concern I have with
using a wooden crawl space door, is that even though the crawl space may
include a vapor barrier, the door is still low to the outside ground and
thus is susceptible to water damage.
So whether your home plans
include a vented or unvented crawl space, make sure you include a quality
crawl space door that can protect your home from rodents, moisture and even
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