Door Threshold / September 15, 2018 / Leala Melanson.
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.
Tightly wedged shims will allow you to operate the door carefully. Open and close to check the door touching the weather stripping evenly top to bottom for any possible jambs twist. Adjust as necessary even though jambs may not flush with plaster top to bottom. A good carpenter wont assume the original door was installed correctly right? Check the brickmold reveal you should have consistent and even measurements side to side and top to bottom. Its unusual to have brick out of plumb to any great extent. Adjust shims again as necessary. Index the jambs in the rough opening and the shims to jambs with pencil for reference when installing the system permanently. Remember you only have one chance to get this installation right so be patient - you will be rewarded with a satisfying outcome.
They are known to flake and chip when exposed to sunlight and are often cited for creating more work than the protection provided. These low quality 2 or 3 mil. tapes often leave a sticky adhesive residue on thresholds as the adhesive used in the tapes softens in warm temperatures. Another option is to use fitted threshold protection made from molded plastic. The molded plastic threshold protectors are designed to protect the most common types of thresholds in residential or commercial construction. They are the most durable type of threshold protection and can be used for multiple projects.
Even though steel is extremely strong the threshold still requires to be sealed properly. In parts of the country that constantly suffer from hurricanes you will often see a storm shield garage door threshold seal fitted. These are extra strong and can withstand even the most extreme of weather conditions. Vital if you are located in a hurricane zone. Some may even opt for the lighter weight fiberglass composite garage door. These are less common as they do not provide the level of security that the previous two do. They can be lower in cost though. Whichever of the options you opt for you must ensure that you install a good quality garage door threshold seal.