What Is The Purpose Of Door Thresholds?

02 May 2019

There are many different elements to a door. If you visit any of the large DIY superstores, you’ll be amazed at what’s available in the aisle containing door related products.

You will have heard of the tradition of carrying a bride over the threshold, but what is the threshold?

It’s the sloped piece which extends across the bottom of your door area and is slightly raised to prevent water from getting in.

A good fitting one will improve your energy efficiency and weatherproof the entrance to your home.

Why do we have a door threshold?

Thresholds are mainly used for exterior openings. They exist to close the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor so there is a good seal and add rigidity to the frame. They also help drain off water to the outside rather than the inside, while allowing the door to open and close easily.

Another function of the threshold is that it protects your home against the heat of the summer and the cold in the winter. It will block unwanted light from trickling in and prevent nasty bugs and spiders from crawling into your home. A badly installed one, which is too high or not fixed correctly, may become a potential tripping hazard.

If it doesn’t perform its job, then replace it as you’ll find that you will incur higher energy bills.

What are they made from?

They need to be hardwearing, so most are made of aluminium which is stronger and more resilient than wood and easier to clean – you just need to wipe them over with a cloth. Aluminium thresholds need minimal maintenance and are eco-friendly and can be easily recycled.

Wood is a popular choice and may give your home a warmer feel, due to its natural appeal. You can even stain wood to match the grain of your wood floor. It’s a cheaper alternative to aluminium and is slightly more versatile as you can shape it to match your personal requirements. It does carry the risk of possible mold and mildew which will add to your maintenance.

Other finishes include brass, bronze or stainless steel.

When will a threshold need changing?

Over time a threshold may become worn or broken. They withstand a tremendous amount of traffic and pressure, so they will eventually deteriorate. Renewing your threshold is not a complicated job, you need to remove the screws and lift it out.

When you’re installing a new threshold, think about the style which would suit your house and ensure that it’s the right fit, and covers the whole width of the door.

Door thresholds come in different sizes, styles and finishes so if you need guidance or advice, speak to the expert team at Door Stop. Remember, even a tiny gap will let in the elements. We have 35 years’ experience and all our products are competitively priced. Come and visit one of our two showrooms in Joondalup and Osborne Park today.

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