When working on any commercial building, your responsibilities extend beyond the client to include the government. As a contractor, you’re expected to know and adhere to all local, state, and federal building codes. Part of that means following the guidelines for ADA compliance.
It’s the little details that can make a difference in any building project. And often it’s issues with item thresholds that can lead to fines and problems later if you aren’t careful. Protect yourself and limit your liability by going with natural stone thresholds that are cut to perfectly fit the doorways throughout your project.
Here are a few of the reasons why you might want to consider making the switch to natural stone rather than going with wood, metal or plastic.
The Smoother Transition
Marble can be special manufactured to almost any width, length or depth. If you’re trying to create a smooth transition for wheelchairs and walkers, this is the ideal situation. As a building owner, it also minimizes the risk that someone might trip on the threshold and be hurt. By eliminating the rise going through a doorway, you can rest easy knowing that building inspectors will not be able to find any fault with the threshold. This allows you to easily match the threshold to the floors on either side of the door. This helps lower your liability moving forward, and that’s always a smart idea.
Eliminating the seams makes it easier to keep this area clean. Another problem with seams is that they present a weak spot in the threshold. Doorway thresholds will see regular traffic, and the seams will quickly fill with dirt. When it comes to doorways, you want to eliminate seams if at all possible. When the thresholds are special cut to fit without seams, you’ll ensure that the doorways will be safe for use for many years to come.
Plastic wears down through time and cracks. Wood will start to splinter and disintegrate without proper care. Once it’s in place, you won’t have to worry about replacing it or dealing with extensive maintenance requirements. In addition to being a safer choice, this also makes natural stone the most cost-effective option for thresholds.
Only stone has the durability to last a lifetime.
Ease of Installation with special Thresholds
You could have your crews spend an extra hour on each threshold getting the cuts and edges perfect, or you could just special order the necessary size. You’ll save time, and that helps you save money.
While you will pay a little less to buy standard thresholds and cut them on-site, it’s important to consider the associated investment in time, blades, and polishing compounds. As a contractor, you appreciate the value of working hours. When the thresholds are cut to fit perfectly, you won’t have to worry about losing any time to fitting the thresholds on site.
The Rise Without the Hassle
You’ll still achieve the slightly raised threshold required for keeping water contained, but you won’t have any sharp edges or sudden height increases that might trip people.
If you’re dealing with an area that requires a slightly raised threshold, such as a shower curb or main entry door, then marble is still your right choice. Rather than going with a round threshold that can become a tripping hazard, you can have marble or travertine finished off with angled sides that are gentler on feet and simple for wheelchairs to go over.
Another benefit of natural stone thresholds is that you can have one or both sides beveled for either raising up the threshold completely or matching two different heights. With special finishing options, you can choose the height and specify if one or both sides will be angled.
Beautiful Color that Never Fades
Marble allows you to balance the needs of both parties and ensure that everyone’s happy. While you’re trying to ensure that a building is ADA compliant, you also have to please the potential buyers who want it to look fantastic. It’s ideal for creating smooth transitions that won’t hinder people with limited mobility, and it’s also a beautiful building material that will look incredible in any setting.
The colors offered by Marble-Thresholds.com are neutral enough to work with any décor and almost any color scheme, and the finish will never grow old or tired. When the connecting rooms are redone in future years, the thresholds will still look great and prove to be an asset to the home.
When you need quality merchandise at competitive rates, you will have to go with the companies that have the right experience and services, even if that means placing an order and waiting to have it shipped.
When it’s time to buy the finishing materials for your big project, look beyond the local suppliers and big box stores.
Here at Marble-Thresholds.com, we believe in providing our clients with wholesale pricing along with great retail service. We take pride in our great customer service, and we’ll work closely with you to ensure that your needs are met.
We offer a consistent inventory of stones, so it’s simple to order more windowsills or thresholds when you need them.
Our special thresholds are expertly manufactured by highly experienced artisans. It takes a few weeks to fill the orders, but you’ll enjoy the same low prices and superior quality that you’ll find on our regular sales floor.
And while we carry an extensive inventory of thresholds in stock, you don’t have to choose from our stock items. We’re also happy to fill special orders so that you can have special manufactured door thresholds that perfectly suit your needs.
Contact us today to discuss your threshold needs and have your special order placed.