need door help


Old 01-13-10, 02:15 PM
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Hi - I have a problem with my front exterior door. It has weatherstripping on the bottom which does a great job keeping the cold out but also makes the space between the floor and the door very small. It is nearly impossible to find a rug low-profile enough to allow the door to swing open easily. Every time I open the door it pulls on the rug and gets stuck and the rug ends up in a bunched up mess. I could replace the weatherstipping with some other type, but I think I would end up with the same situation. What's on there right now really isn't all that "thick" to begin with. Is this a common issue? When the builder put my door in should they have just hung it a touch higher to leave more space for a rug at the bottom? Is there some type of weatherstripping I could put on the threshold instead of the door? If anyone has any ideas please let me know. It is driving me crazy every time I open my front door! Thanks!
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Old 01-13-10, 02:24 PM
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The only threshold weather stripping I have found, or seen, has been manufactured into the existing threshold.

unless you want to pull up the old threshold and install a new one (probably not practical as your door is most likely pre-hung) you may be stuck with the problem.

I'm not sure you want to heighten the weather stripping you have on the door as that might defeat it's purpose if it creates a gap.

I'm sure some other folks on here might have some better ideas.
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I have seen weahterstrip moldings for door bottoms that retract when you open the door, allowing for the problem you describe. I have not seen them anywhere locally, so I doubt that you can trust what they are selling. Not much help, sorry.
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I've had the same problem when we used to have a rug over the hardwood in the foyer. My wife finally agreed with me that it just wasn't practical to have a rug on the foyer floor. I know that might not be what you want to hear...........

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