A threshold is a piece of wood that connects two different floorings seamlessly. It also helps connect floorings with different levels. For instance, if you use thicker wood in your living room than your kitchen, installing a threshold will cover the area where they meet to give it a smooth transition. More than that, thresholds also help keep dirt, pests, and moisture away from your room. Outdoor thresholds, meanwhile, serve as the first step of weatherproofing.
Houses with wooden floorings use wooden thresholds to achieve a seamless, consistent, and aesthetically-pleasing overall look. With its natural look, it helps your home feel cosy and warm.
If you are planning to install a wooden threshold in your home, here is a guide to help you in the process:
Factors to Consider When Choosing Wood
When choosing a wood for your house threshold, especially for interiors, you would want it to match your floorings. It serves as a transition point between two different rooms or areas. So, choose a wood that will look seamless when installed.
Here are two things you should consider when choosing a wood:
- Wood Type
Your threshold should be able to withstand the foot traffic and temperature of the area where you will install it. Oakwood is traditional for threshold, but any other type of hardwood will work. Choose one that is a close match to your flooring’s colour and texture.
- Wood Grain
Woodgrain refers to the longitudinal arrangement of wood fibres. Select and cut a piece of stock that matches the grain of your flooring. If you have a carpeted floor, choose a wood that matches the grain of your door jamb.
Now that you know how to choose a wood for your threshold, it is time for you to learn to install one. Follow these steps for proper installation:
Materials and Equipment Needed
- Hardwood plank
- Tape measure
- Hammer, nail punch, and 1.5-inch finish nails
- Cordless drill and 1/16-inch drill bit
- Chop saw or coping saw
- Wood plane
- Stain, lacquer, or paint
- Get the measures of your threshold. The length of your wood should have the same measurement as the bottom of your door. Also, the gap between the floor and your door should determine the width of your threshold.
- Cut the piece of hardwood according to your measurement using a coping saw or chop saw.
- Drill pilot holes on the hardwood using a 1/16-inch drill bit.
- Test fit the threshold. You can use a wood plant to trim the wood if it seems necessary.
- Sand your threshold using sandpaper with 60 grit and then progress to at least 120 halfway.
- Stain, lacquer, or paint your piece of wood, then let it dry.
- Nail the threshold into place using a hammer and finish nails. Then use a nail punch to even the top of the threshold.
Thresholds can add aesthetic value in your house if you choose the right material, colour, and texture that complements your floorings and overall style of your home. When installed properly, it can provide not only aesthetic but safety to your home.
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