You will need:
- New door threshold
- Tape measure
- Saw (hand saw or power saw)
- Caulking gun
- Rubber seal
- Safety gear (gloves, goggles)
Steps to Replace a Door Threshold
1. Measure the Old Threshold
Start by measuring the width and length and the thickness of your existing threshold. Based on the measurements taken, purchase a new threshold from your local hardware store.
2. Remove the Old Threshold
Carefully unscrew and remove the old threshold. If your threshold is very old you may need to use a chisel and hammer to pry it off if it’s firmly attached.
3. Clean the Area
Once the old threshold is out, clean the area thoroughly. Remove any debris, dust, or old sealant to ensure a smooth installation. It also important to check the wood under the threshold for signs of rotting or decay, and replace it if required.
4. Install a Rubber Seal
Once the area is clean you need to install a rubber seal, this will preserve the wood under the threshold and will prevent water damage.
5. Measure and Cut the New Threshold or Buy a New One.
Measure the new threshold and mark it according to the width of the measurements taken in step 1. Use a saw to cut it precisely to size. It’s better to cut a bit larger and trim it down later for a perfect fit. If the new threshold is unfinished you can paint it on this step.
6. Fit the Threshold Into Place
Before securing the threshold in place, set the threshold in the doorway to ensure it fits properly. Trim it if required.
7. Secure the Threshold in Place
Place the threshold back in the doorway and secure it with screws or apply flooring adhesive under the threshold to secure it in place. make sure there is no space between the floor and the threshold.
Apply a sealant along the bottom and the edges of the threshold. This will help create a watertight seal and prevent moisture from seeping in.
9. Finishing Touches
Check the door to ensure it opens and closes smoothly over the new threshold. Make any necessary adjustments.
While replacing a door threshold can be a straightforward task for someone experienced, for optimal results and to ensure the job is done correctly and safely, we highly recommend considering the services of a professional company. Specializing in door repair services, Enlive Doors has performed numerous door threshold installations across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. If you need assistance with installing your threshold, don’t hesitate to contact us.