Door Threshold / September 15, 2018 / Leala Melanson
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.
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.
UV protective tape has chemicals in both the tape and adhesive that block UV rays and make the tape resistant to both sunlight and heat. It can be used in both hot and cold climates without the worry of adhesive transfer resulting in a quick and clean removal upon project completion. Although more expensive than other tapes UV protective tape is very cost effective when the costs of clean up or repainting of entry thresholds are considered. Blue masking tape and blue sill tapes are the most common tapes for protecting thresholds. These low cost tapes work for short term protection only in areas of low heat or sunlight.