Door Threshold / September 18, 2018 / Pauline Francoeur
Many exterior door thresholds have bottom plates. These plates allow the door to seal but can be difficult barriers for scooters and wheelchairs. The tracks on sliding glass doors can be significantly damaged if a scooter runs over them. These are just a few example of the need for threshold ramps. They can help you overcome barriers and make getting around easy. These ramps are sold in a variety of shapes sizes and materials. They can be custom fit for your home or business. They are also designed to be non-skid and provide good traction. This prevents slips or slides.
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.
Most entry door thresholds are manufactured from metal or a combination of metal and wood. Metal thresholds often have black anodized coatings that are easily scratched or dented. Wood thresholds can be stained scratched and dented as well. Some manufacturers have now manufactured plastic covers to protect their exact thresholds dimensions and include the covers with the complete door unit. There are other pre-molded protectors available from online suppliers of temporary protection products. There are also a variety of tapes that can be used for threshold protection.