|Forum topic by Frankie Talarico Jr.||posted 11-29-2009 05:36 PM||3359 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-29-2009 05:36 PM
Hello everyone, I picked up this job recently, replacing a bunch of thresholds around a home. All of these pieces are interior, but are subject to very high traffic. They had a “Home Cheapo” floor installed three years ago. The real touch series by dupont. Finding material isn’t a problem, the problem is it’s in very short lengths (48”) for a very high price ($15.98/ea). That would be fine and all but it’s MDF covered with vinyl pattern. IMO its garbage, it chips and peels very easy.
The issue is this, They have an open layout in the home and the kitchen and livingroom are one big room(30’x45’). Now the kitchen is ceramic tile, and the living room is wood. When installed, they actually did a good job and the floors are identical height(good for me). But the MDF thresholds did’nt hold up to the high traffic. this is a 30’ run across the room, and there are 9 doorways throughout the home that need replacing also.
Now that you know where I’m at, I am replacing the junk with solid maple threshold I designed. The wood will hold up in the long run, but I want the finish to hold up for years, with an occasional re-coat every few years. What would be the best product to use in this situation? Will it hold up to foot traffic? How easy is it to apply?
Secondly, the home is heated 100% radiant heat, No nials or screws down. I will reuse the 1/2” x 1/4” channel thats already in place. I designed the threshold with that in mind.
Thank for the help.
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