Door Threshold / September 17, 2018 / Martine Letourneau
Theres something about thinking and working in three planes that appeals to me. Making customers happy and feeling comfortable in their home environment makes me happy too. Nothing can compare to the satisfaction of knowing a job has been well done seeing and feeling a beautiful and properly installed door operate smoothly. In modern homebuilding techniques most housing built here in the Salt Lake City area after the mid-1960s is 2x4 or 2x6 wood stick frame construction with an exterior veneer of brick stucco or some type of lap siding. Prior to that time many if not most homes around here were built using four inch wide cinderblock (4"x8"x16") masonry walls with a brick exterior veneer. Thermal efficiency properties of new door systems have improved greatly over what was available forty or fifty years ago.
I would like to recommend something here for anyone who is thinking about installing a door that will have a high door threshold. Dont do it unless you have another reason that is protecting the area from water snow or something else that would create a bigger problem if you lower the door threshold. Heres what happens to most people. You walk through your home regularly travel about and even go to work without running into these high door thresholds. You come home and subconsciously youre not even thinking about the raised curb and you trip. One trip to the ground could cost you more in medical bills than it would have been to remove and lower the raised door threshold.
Buying a cheap bifold door may prove a disappointment unless you check carefully that the door you are buying will meet your needs and expectations before you order. Threshold ramps are designed to help you get over a small dip or rise. They work great for power scooters or wheelchairs as they allow you to span doorway thresholds or small steps that may otherwise would have an abrupt height gain or drop. These ramps can be fixed in place or portable. If you have an electric mobility scooter it is a good idea to have a threshold ramp. Even a 1-inch dip or rise can pose a significant barrier and could result in injury if traversed.