Threshold bar: what use is it? How to choose and install it ?

Making the junction between two rooms, the threshold bar is useful in more ways than one. Useful, decorative and reassuring, it is available in several models that can be chosen according to the type of installation or the material. How to choose and install a threshold bar? Nothing too complicated…

Can we do without a threshold bar?

Despite its discretion, this small element has several uses. What would happen if you had no threshold bars?

  • There would be a gap between the parts. Droom to room, floor coverings are not joined. When you pass from the tiling of a hallway to the floating floor of a bedroom, a small difference in level is felt.
  • The coating would be damaged on the threshold. Yes, by dint of moving from one room to another, you inevitably trample the edge of the coating at the level of the threshold of the door… Little by little, it ends up being damaged particularly at this place.
  • It would be ugly. A piece of parquet that floats on a tiled floor, or two linoleums of different colors that rub shoulders a few millimeters apart… Aesthetically, we’ve seen better.
  • Grandma might fall. At certain ages, the slightest unevenness can cause a loss of balance. Crossing a threshold ten times a day with a shift of a few millimeters can create a certain insecurity.

In summary, the threshold bar brings you comfort and safety. It marks the finish of a covering and ensures a harmonious transition between rooms.

3 situations, 3 types of threshold bars

Different models are provided to meet your needs, depending on the coverings of your home.

  • Between two rooms, the covering is at the same level, but the transition is not very elegant… We opt for the level threshold barwhich ensures a nickel finish.
  • Is there a clear gap between two coatings? The level catch-up threshold bar will erase the difference and make your trips safer.
  • In the house, some places do not have a skirting board, such as a French window or a staircase. Finishing can be done using a threshold stop bar. It looks great in front of a fireplace.

3 possible poses, choose yours!

You can choose the type of installation that suits you: screws, glue or invisible fasteners.

  • The threshold bar to screw is used on a flat surface. You just need a drill and the screws that come with the bar. Solid and able to survive many passages, this threshold bar can be reused in the event of a change of coating. Instructions for fixing: drill the holes for the dowels; hammer in the dowels; screw the fixed part of the bar to the ground; the same with the upper part.
  • The adhesive threshold bar is appreciated for its simplicity of pausing, without tools. It cannot be used on irregular coverings such as carpet, linoleum or plant fibre. On the other hand, no problem of installation on a tiled floor, a parquet floor or a vinyl floor. It is applied on a clean and degreased floor with soapy water. Add a few drops of white vinegar if the floor is very dirty. Properly installed, it is as strong as a screwed-in bar.
  • The threshold bar with invisible fixing is anchored in the ground by two possible types of fixing. It can be fixed by invisible ankles, located under the bar and anchored in the ground, which immobilizes the bar between two coatings. It can also be maintained by clips, thanks to a profile fixed in the floor between the two coverings. The threshold bar with invisible fixing is ideal for ensuring the junction between two parquet floors, leaving a space for expansion between the two.

Metal or wood? Choose between 2 materials

There are many models of threshold bars, mainly available in metal or wood. Or even in imitation wood metal… It’s up to you.

Metal threshold bars: aluminium, stainless steel or brass?

  • The aluminum threshold bar is all terrain. It can be applied anywhere and on any surface. We love its modern look and its brushed, matte, shiny or brass-look aluminum finishes.
  • The stainless steel threshold bar also arises everywhere. As it does not fear damp rooms, it is found especially in the bathroom. It carries a brilliance and a modernity that enhances the coating.
  • The brass threshold barmore classic, marries parquet as well as tiling or carpeting.

The wooden threshold bars, the class

Nothing beats a wooden threshold bar to finish off a beautiful parquet floor. Again, three possibilities:

  • The MDF threshold bar comes with a veneer, blond or raw oak, to be chosen according to the parquet floor.
  • The solid wood threshold bar is to be preferred for a solid wood floor.
  • To act as if, we can turn to the aluminum threshold bar with wood decor. Imitation wood has its effect, for a reduced price.

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