If you’re new to the construction industry, then pairing the term “Hollywood Thresholds” with “commercial builds” might have a completely different meaning for you. First of all, when it comes to structuring a commercial build, the first thing that should come to mind is durability, albeit, it should also apply to any kind of construction build, but for the purpose of this article, it’s extremely important to consider the durability of the inside as well as the outside of a commercial build. The fact of the matter is commercial builds will endure more traffic, and commercial builds are open to the public and must be accessible for every single person. Otherwise, it could be looked upon as selective discrimination.
No stone can be left unturned when building a commercial structure. Because such a dwelling is open to the general public, the owner of the property will be liable for every single person who steps foot inside of the building. The dwelling has to be accessible to everyone. That is why all commercial buildings must meet ADA compliance.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act website, the Department of Justice incorporated the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design where “newly designed and constructed or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.” Yet, even older dwellings would require some construction upgrades to make sure that public facilities would become wheelchair accessible. This included creating curb ramps and making sure that each entrance was not only wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through, but also that the floor was smooth enough for one to roll through—something that can easily pose a problem if the wrong type of threshold is installed.
The Obstacle of Thresholds
Regular thresholds may not seem like a big obstacle for someone who can simply step over one, but might appear like a hill to someone who gets around in a wheelchair. Your typical thresholds are made with a bit of an arch to it so that wheelchairs can easily roll over it. However, if you’re looking to upgrade your threshold material to marble, then you’ll soon discover that although Standard Thresholds may come with a beveled edge, it’s not angle enough for a wheelchair to roll comfortably over.
That’s why the professional natural stone providers at Stonexchange provides Single and Hollywood Bevel marble thresholds.
What is a Hollywood Bevel?
The Hollywood Bevel, also referred to by construction builders as the handicapped bevel is a natural stone threshold that is designed specifically to meet ADA compliances.
How it Works
While the Standard Bevel is designed with slight incline, it’s only enough to prevent someone from tripping, stubbing their toe, or cutting themselves on the sharp edges of a marble or travertine threshold. The ¼” beveled edge is just enough to make the threshold safe—something you definitely want for a commercial project. However, if you’re aiming at making the building to meet ADA standards, then ask a Stonex
change supplier about the Single and Double Hollywood Bevel thresholds.
The Difference Between the Single and Double Hollywood Bevel
The names of the two are quite self-explanatory. The Single Hollywood Bevel has a wider bevel that’s more like an incline measuring at approximately 1 3/8”. This kind of threshold is often used for exterior doorways or for spaces with uneven floors. The Double Hollywood Bevel has a 1 3/8” incline on both sides of the threshold serving as a two-way ramp.
What Size Hollywood Thresholds are Available?
Stonexchange stocks the standard size natural stone thresholds for your immediate convenience at our Miami warehouse. You’ll be able to place bulk orders of quality natural stone thresholds in marble and travertine at wholesale prices.
The standard width of thresholds are: 4”, 4 ½”, 5”, or 6”.
For commercial builds, you’ll be looking for 4”.
As far as the thickness of a natural stone threshold goes, that can range anywhere from 3/8”, 1/2″, 5/8″ or 3/4”, but that can be contingent on the width and remember, for a Hollywood Threshold you don’t want it to be too thick. You want the lower part of the incline to be leveled with the rest of the flooring so that a wheelchair can smoothly roll from one room to the next.
That’s a good question. When it comes to stocking a good supply of natural stone thresholds, the economical choice might be to go with the less expensive option. The problem with that is many builders don’t realize that it’s cheap for a reason. It may be due to a number of things. It might not sell well, so the distributor is trying to get rid of it, or it’s of a lower quality.
At Stonexchange, none of that applies. We mine our natural stone thresholds from the finest quarries in Turkey and other continents. We only supply buyers with the inventory that sells. Our selection is simple, yet elegant.
Choose from the following:
Stonexchange Natural Stone Hollywood Thresholds
Pure White Thazoz
| Bardiglio Gray
| Crema Sahara Marfil
| Emperador Brown
Contact a Stonexchange representative to place your order or if you have any questions. Our quality marble and travertine thresholds are relatively simple to pack as we securely store them in a crate for safe shipping. At any rate, we encourage you to always order more natural stone thresholds than you need just in case some get damage during installation. Call 305-731-2400 today!