Door Threshold / September 15, 2018 / Leala Melanson.
This protection screws into a wood subflooring to hold it in place and thus cannot be used on sliding doors installed over cement slabs which are commonly used on the west coast. Another option that does work for protecting sliding doors installed on cement slabs is impact-resistant U-board protection. It is a thick heavy weight compressed paper protection that is made from recycled material and is completely reusable. The U-board is placed over the tracks while the door is open and protects sliding door tracks from dirt and grime. As with the plastic protector the Sill Pro keeps the sliding tracks clean and protects the tracks of the door from damage that can interfere with the working operations of the door.
Several sill manufacturers provide plastic threshold protection that is specific to the model of sill they are selling. Unfortunately heavy duty plastic protectors are not available for every type of entry threshold so the protection is not easy to obtain. There is one surface protection company on the west coast that does inventory plastic threshold protection for two of the most common sill profiles. For protecting sliding door tracks there are two types of threshold protection. The first is a hinged plastic protection that flips over the tracks of sliding doors to keep them clean from debris.
Of course youre going to check the concrete threshold step for level. Carpenters never assume anything right? Measurement of the exterior brick opening overall height from threshold to lintel will be noted. Any further uncertainty about whether a house was built with masonry walls can be at least partly resolved by measuring the exterior brick opening overall width. A width measurement slightly off by about one-half inch from the nominal brick opening is a sure tip-off that youre going to be facing the direct fasten to masonry challenge. Adjust your installation estimate accordingly for some extra labor.
What is a high door threshold? This would be any doorway that has a threshold that you have to step over or a threshold that is higher than the surface you are walking on. These safety problems are obvious the high door thresholds are a trip hazard and for elderly people can be difficult to step over. Handicapped people in wheelchairs or motorized scooters wont be able to access these areas unless there is an alternative doorway that provides access for their wheelchairs. Usually the high door thresholds are located in a garage where someone has either made a mistake during new construction or simply figured that it would be easier to install the door a little higher and to remove the concrete foundation footing to install the door properly.