When it comes to your thresholds, you don’t have to settle for simple wood or metal transitions. There are some excellent alternatives available that will let you add style, color, and class to the space.
If you’re worried about different floor heights or other considerations, then marble is probably your best choice. It’s available in several different styles and colors from StoneXchange, so it’s easy to find the finish that will work best with your project.
Before you visit the local store, see how we can help you put the perfect transitions between all of your newly designed areas. Take a look at the following ideas and see if you can’t figure out some ways to incorporate them into your next big project. Different settings naturally call for different arrangements, but there’s no reason not to at least consider every possibility when laying out your surroundings.
they close the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor while also keeping out moisture, thresholds are pretty critical. Thresholds made from natural, as well as engineered stone, usually are considered the finest.
At StoneXchange, we’ve done our best to create a collection that makes it easy to find the thresholds you need. Check out these delicate styles.
Four Major Types Of Door Thresholds
When you’re looking through the various types of door thresholds that are currently on the market, you’re likely to see four basic variations at least as far as the marble industry goes. Technically, there are a wide variety of different types of door thresholds that would be somewhat outside of this space. They’re not always of immediate concern in the residential space.
The following four types of door thresholds are going to be your big picks. When it comes time to select a piece of marble for use in a home or a commercial property, go with these options.
1. Smooth Transitions With Level Surfaces
When working on the transition between interior rooms, flat and smooth is often the best choice. This minimizes the break between spaces and helps one room flow into another. These are probably the most common types of door thresholds that homeowners notice, even though other styles may technically be more common.
We offer thresholds in a few different thicknesses, so it’s easy to maintain that level playing field between spaces. With standard sizes available, you can also minimize the seams involved in this transition for easier maintenance down the road. Since nobody will actually snag themselves on the gap made between two different types of flooring, there should be less damage over time.
In addition to using this between two rooms, you can also use the flat transition piece to mark a clean boundary between marble floors and hardwood or other materials. It looks great and will give the property an elegant feel that other transition materials cannot mimic. You can clean it fairly easily as well. Polished stone simply wipes clean with the mildest of solvents, which is of great importance when you’re working with something that’s going to be consistently underfoot at all times.
2. Dealing With Height Differences
Another possibility is that one flooring height will be slightly different from the other. When you have a difference in height of a half-inch or even a full inch, you need to use the right transition. These kinds of differences are going to be irritating and potentially dangerous.
You want to avoid having a sudden rise in the floor because this becomes a tripping hazard if you don’t always watch where you’re walking. Choosing a single-edge beveled finish creates the right look while keeping people safer.
One side will match the height of the taller flooring material, and the other will angle down to line up with the slightly shorter one. Even if someone is dragging their feet, they’ll glide up and over this transition.
The risk of falls is minimized, it looks great and it’s easier to maintain and care for without the blunt edge. This is a common choice when you’re going from a basic carpet in one room to a higher profile in another area. This is also common when there’s a slight difference in the way that a part of a house was built, making it slightly uneven in terms of height.
3. Raising The Bar
There are also instances when you need to raise the threshold on both sides to block out air or water. This type of finish is commonly used in exterior doorways and bathrooms. It’s also an excellent choice for laundry rooms where the risk of flooding is always present.
Before you buy a thicker threshold and put it in place, remember that any raised surface with a blunt edge can become a hazard. Make the switch to a double-beveled finish to create a smooth transition on both sides of the doorway.
This is also an excellent finishing option around open shower areas where you want to keep the water contained without completely closing off the doorway. Marble doesn’t deteriorate in the presence of water, unlike wood or metal might, so that’s another good reason why you might want to turn to it if you’re doing this kind of work.
4. Top Colors For Easy Decorating
We take pride in offering the materials that are in demand to most designers and contractors. While other companies may focus on the trendy colors that come and go, we believe in maintaining a stable inventory so that you can order matching pieces or replacements in the future.
We’ve worked closely with industry professionals to determine which colors and styles are in the highest demand, and those are the options we focus on. You can choose from:
• Travertine: This delicate beige stone has soft shading in creams and tans. It’s a neutral stone that will work with any earth tone colors, and it’s even at home in modern decors. It’s particularly attractive when used in conjunction with other tan marbles, wood floors, and carpets. Easy to care for and maintain, this stone should be sealed regularly to prevent staining from regular foot traffic.
• Nuevo White Carrara: A solid white marble with sharper veining in gray, this stone is one of the finest available. It has a traditional look and feels that works with any room style, and it’s extremely popular with more modern themes. It looks particularly attractive against other white marble tiles or granite, but it’s also an excellent transition piece for Crema Bella, Crema River, Arizona Ivory Travertine and any other stone with a neutral-gray base.
• Crema Sahara Marfil: When you want a neutral, beige tone and love the look of marble, this is the way to go. This stone features very delicate veining for an almost solid finish, and it can work with practically any other color. It’s casual enough to use in a room with carpet, and yet it can hold its own with higher-end stones like black granite and Nuevo White Carrara.
• Black Granite: You don’t always have to use light colors in transitional areas. Black granite can be used as the threshold when you’re trying to finish off a pattern or bring attention to other features in the room, such as black cabinets or sleek granite counters.
• Pure White Thassos: This engineered stone is perhaps one of the most durable options for thresholds. It’s non-porous, highly attractive, and light-reflective. It’s commonly chosen for commercial applications because it holds up incredibly well without requiring the expense or hassle of additional maintenance.
The brilliant white color helps brighten doorways, and it’s a fine choice for any contemporary floor plan. However, it can also work nicely in a traditional theme because it naturally brings out the colors in other materials.
Other Kinds Of Flooring Thresholds
Several other types of door thresholds exist, but many of these are relatively uncommon in the field of marble. They still deserve a mention, however.
Heavy-duty thresholds will normally get specified when forklifts or any other type of vehicle are used. These are designed to hold up against the use of heavier loads. Some of them include bumper seals, though these are normally looked at as their own class of thresholds instead.
By offering a seal at the top that comes into full contact with the door when it’s closed, bumper seal thresholds can completely prevent moisture or air from coming under the door. The same undercut of the door is an important consideration when installing a bumper seal threshold. It has to be laid out in just the proper manner to make a strong seal.
At times, you’ll find thresholds that are built to feature an exaggerated break in the middle that can prevent heat from transferring either way through it. Whenever temperature differences start to get too high from inside and out, condensation will build up on things. Thermal breaks can help to reduce the risk of this by separating the threshold into multiple parts.
Saddle thresholds are also an important part of the space. These are one of the most common threshold types used when you come to an exterior opening. They can be mounted against supports underneath them, and the surface can be finished in one of several ways.
Some double bevel thresholds may be seen as a more attractive option in situations where accessibility is a concern. No matter what kind of physical structure you might be looking at, however, it’s important to get your thresholds from a legitimate supplier.
Getting the Types of Door Thresholds You Need
We work with reliable shippers so that we can have the product shipped directly to your home or job site in a timely manner. What you may appreciate the most, however, is our wholesale pricing.
Rather than paying the high rates at your neighborhood store, you can count on our team to help you save money. We keep our costs down and then pass the savings on to you, and we hope that you’ll be impressed with the difference.