Door Threshold / September 17, 2018 / Martine Letourneau.
The front entryway including the door jambs and threshold is the focal point of your clients home. It sets the tone and expectation for the rest of the home and it can add or detract curb appeal. Entryways have been important dating as far back to the Greeks. According to Jesse Nevins of Coastal Carolina University "To ancient Greeks doors were considered sacred and surrounded with superstition. So much so that doors and the comprising parts had their own deities. For the Greeks a door was not simply a way to enter a building but a holy place itself worthy of the highest respect." Keeping doors jambs and thresholds looking great while a home is under construction or remodeling is important and is now easier than ever.
When youre satisfied that the door system is in the correct position drill through the thickest part of the hinge jamb with a regular drill at the hinges areas and then further drill into the cinderblock with a hammer drill. Drill the strike jamb in the same corresponding locations with the middle drilling positioned between the strike and deadbolt mortises. Countersink jambs holes to flush the masonry screw heads. It may be necessary to remove the door from the hinges for this step just remember to check the indexed jambs alignment to be sure nothing has moved. Remove shims and then remove door system from the rough opening. This must be done to install the plastic expansion sleeves into the holes drilled into the cinderblock.
Garage door insulation is essential with wooden doors as you cannot allow any water to get in to penetrate the wood. You must have a high quality threshold sealant to help prevent rotting and severe damage to your door. The great thing about using wood though is that if it does endure wear and tear over the years it can be reconditioned without the need to replace the entire door. The most used type of door however is the steel door. You will see this one on most garages across America. Steel is extremely strong and robust and is impervious to rust. This gives you great peace of mind that the door will last for many years to come.
This is key is providing you with a weather proof and secure garage. During construction or remodeling projects door thresholds are often destroyed by dirt mud paint splatter and careless spills. In order to avoid replacing or refinishing thresholds it is recommended that contractors use temporary threshold protection. Following is a brief description of the pros and cons of each type of threshold protection. UV protective tape is the best kind of adhesive threshold protection. It is a 9 mil. thick white tape that does not flake even if exposed to bright sunlight.