My house was built in 1955. The contractor installed 4.5" asymmetric
oak thresholds on the side entries and a 5.5" asymmetric threshold on
the front entry. I would like to replace them. They are worn, checked
at the ends, and badly discolored.
By asymmetric threshold I mean, for the 5.5", a profile (starting from
the inside out) which is a ~1" rising transition to the under door
portion (profile convex then concave), a 1.75" under door portion
which pitches slightly to the outside for drainage, and a 2.75" outer
falling transition, similar to the inner transition, but with a long
down sloping flat section in between the curves.
Does anyone know of a source for such a threshold?
Easy enough for a carpenter or millwork shop to make them for you.
Sketch it up, fax it over to the millwork shop and have them give you
a price. A competent carpenter could make them on the job with a
tablesaw and a hand plane.
Yeah. Take the old one out, and either machine/whittle one that looks just
like it, or take it to a custom millwork shop. There is no such thing as a
'standard' threshold- every maker rolls their own for each model/series of
door they come up with. Even 'universal' replacements usually end up having
to be field-modified to fit. (BTDT). I suppose matching a 52 year old style
is possible, given the right small-town lumber yard or door specialist, but
it ain't real likely. I'd suggest checking door aisle at local Habitat
ReStore or archictectural salvage place, but anything they have is likely to
be as tired as what you want to replace.
Are the rest of the door assemblies anything special? (ie, custom size,
round top, special detail and trim work, etc?) On a 1955 house, I would
<seriously> look at switching them out with modern insulated and
weather-resistant exterior prehungs. Unless you go 'designer', they aren't
THAT expensive, work a lot better, and are a big plus if you plan on selling
the house in next five years or so.
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