What Is A Bulkhead?

Hi, I’m Tracy Switzer, President of Shelter Works. And today I’m going to answer the question, “What is a bulkhead, and why might you need one?” So, we take great pride in making beautiful buildings. They’re fantastic. They’re super high quality. But we also know that when they get out in the field almost invariably somebody is going to have to drill or cut a hole through the wall somewhere. Whether it be for electrical conduit or other piping, any number of other reasons, it happens. It happens almost all the time. So that’s fine; these buildings are meant for that. They’re built tough. You can drill a hole through that wall. You can cut a hole through that wall, and provided when you’re done, you seal it properly with maybe some RTD silicone, that hole will not be a problem. You’re not going to void the warranty, and it should be just fine.

If you did not do a good job of sealing up that hole, there’s a risk that moisture could get down in between the laminants and cause damage, so to completely eliminate that possibility, we offer what’s called a bulkhead.

So what is a bulkhead? So as you can see, this looks like a regular walled surface, but it’s not. It has our typical foam core and sometimes we have a a combination of core materials. This is our typical foam core with our exclusive FiberBeam technology. But on the inside, what we’ve done here is we’ve eliminated any foam core in the area where there’s going to be potential drilling. When you drill through that, you’re not drilling through the foam core or any other core material, and you’re not exposing that. You’ve got a nice clean opening that you can put a pipe through (or anything else) through the wall and seal it up with no possibility of that future moisture getting within the laminant.

Bulkheads can be located anywhere in the walls or the roof of the enclosure. So if you need a bulkhead and you know where it needs to go, just let us know and we’ll get it integrated for you. That way, you can make perfect penetrations that will be water tight and absolutely not void your warranty or cause any problems. Remember, if it was built by Shelter Works, it was built for life.