Door Threshold / September 15, 2018 / Leala Melanson
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. Currently the best tape on the market T-X268 is a specialty tape that combines UV chemicals in both the tape and adhesive so it wont break down with ultra violet light. There are additional tapes available for sill protection as well including those made with blue polyvinylchloride.
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.
These reusable protectors provide excellent protection however they are the most expensive jamb protectors in the market. Less expensive cardboard protectors wrap around jambs in a similar fashion and cost considerably less than their plastic counterparts. These are available from a wide range of manufacturers can be purchased online or in construction supply stores as well. 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.