Door Threshold / September 16, 2018 / Marphisa Duffet.
The cost to protecting doors jambs and thresholds are well worth the small investment. The average cost for a cardboard door protector one cardboard jamb protector and tape for the threshold is less than 25.00 The cost to replace just a door alone can range from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. In addition many door protectors and jamb protectors are reusable so the long term cost for protection is even less. Experienced contractors recognize the importance of protecting the entry doors jambs and thresholds. Doing so is a great way to increase customer satisfaction and keep job site damage to a minimum.
Ive learned by the hard way of experience that its necessary to remove old existing jambs carefully. If directly fastened to masonry with cut nails jambs removal may break out the cinderblock unless the jambs are cut into short manageable lengths. An out of level concrete threshold step can be ground flat by a concrete cutting subcontractor or the door threshold can be adjusted by unscrewing and repositioning in the jamb by the amount out of level. Any attached brickmold and casing must be removed from the jambs to make installation easier with shimming. Also brickmold will probably have to be ripped in width to fit the overall brick opening width and height.
Several sill manufacturers provide plastic threshold protection that is specific to the model of sill they are selling. Unfortunately heavy duty plastic protectors are not available for every type of entry threshold so the protection is not easy to obtain. There is one surface protection company on the west coast that does inventory plastic threshold protection for two of the most common sill profiles. For protecting sliding door tracks there are two types of threshold protection. The first is a hinged plastic protection that flips over the tracks of sliding doors to keep them clean from debris.
These protectors can be made from molded plastic or cardboard. Pre-molded plastic protection works well for jambs with standard door casing widths. For larger jambs there are several wrap-around jamb protectors that work similarly but are not molded to an exact casing size. 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.