How to Add a Tile Threshold to Your Room How to Add a Tile Threshold to Your Room
A tile threshold would serve the purpose of a weather-tight seal at the bottom of your door. Tile threshold is a better option than any other building material as it is more economical ans the cutting is easily done. You can now easily add a tile threshold to your room by following the simple the guidelines below.
Step 1 - Take Due Precautions
Before you start work with any kind of machines, it is always advisable to take all precautions to avoid any unfortunate accident. Protect your eyes and hands by wearing safety glasses and thick hand gloves. Remain alert and focused while working with tools and machines.
Step 2 - Pre-Installation
To add tile threshold, you will need to remove the previously installed threshold using a pry bar. Place the pry bar on one end of the old threshold and tap it in place to wedge it in the previous threshold that needs to be removed from the floor. Then put the threshold aside to use it as a sample while cutting the new tile threshold.
Step 3 - Working on the Tile Threshold
Now that you have a pattern, cut the tile threshold using a hacksaw on the same pattern. Check if you have cut according to the same size by placing the old threshold over the new tile threshold. Hack any extra edges and smoothen the sides using a file.
Step 4 - Identifying the Type of Floor for Installation
Your next step would be to identify the floor of your room for installation of the tile threshold. Instructions of installation vary according to the type of floor you wish to install the tile threshold, on. If you have concrete floor, the dust holes of the floor will have gray and chalky dust whereas if you have wooden floor, there will be sawdust in the holes left by your old nails and screws.
Step 5 - Positioning the Tile Threshold
Position the tile threshold using a hammer or a rubber mallet and tap it back into place. Screw the holes on top of your threshold and mark them using a pencil. Now lift the threshold from beneath the door so that you can see the marks clearly.
Step 6 – Tile Threshold Installation on Concrete Sub Floors
Using 3/16 inch rotary mason's bit, drill through the tile and keep drilling until 2 1/2 inches deep into the concrete floor. To mark the deepness, put masking tape measuring 2 1/2 inches on the tip of the bit. Position the threshold by tapping it at its original location. Attach the tile threshold firmly by inserting a 3-inch tapcon concrete screw into all the drilled holes.
Step 7 - Tile Threshold Installation on Wooden Sub-Floors
Using 3/16 inch rotary mason's bit, drill through the tile but don’t drill through the wooden sub floor. Add a 1/8 inch wood bit to the drill and then drill through all the holes in the tile into the wooden sub floor. Keep the hole a 2 1/2 inches deep and mark the depth by taping the tip of the bit on the same measurement. Position the threshold by tapping it at its original location. Attach the tile threshold firmly by inserting a 3 inch treated deck screw into all the drilled holes.