A Guide To Ordering A Storefront Door Sweep
In this how to guide we go over exactly how to order a door sweep for your commercial aluminum storefront entrance door. Door sweeps are a requirement for all storefront entrance doors. There are factors and considerations that must always be reviewed before making a purchase.
1. Measure The Gap Beneath The Door
The first step is to measure the gap beneath the storefront door. A properly installed storefront door that is level and plum should only have a gap ranging from a 1/4" to 1/2. If the gap is much larger check if a door threshold is beneath the door. ADA compliant thresholds range in height from 1/4" to 1/2". If you do not have a door threshold and the gap exceeds a 1/2", then we recommend adding a door threshold to your storefront door as well. Door sweeps function best when sealing against an aluminum saddle threshold. You want to purchase a door sweep that has a long enough brush or vinyl to seal the gap.
2. Door Width
The rule of thumb when ordering a door sweep is to measure the width of the storefront door. Whatever the width of the storefront door is, will be the length of the door sweep required. The door sweep should always be installed on the exterior side of the storefront door. In some cases the storefront door sweep may need to be trimmed down on site if obstructions do not allow the door sweep to be mounted. For example, if the bottom pivot hinge is in the way of the door sweep, then the door sweep will have to be trimmed down. Trimming down the door sweep is very easy and can be completed with any hacksaw in minutes.
3. Door Environment
Where is the storefront door located? Is it in an environment that is exposed to alot of wind? If so, a brush door sweep would be the best choice, since the nylon bristles prevent obstructions like dirt and leaves from passing through the doorway due to wind. If the storefront door is in an area that gets alot of exposure to rain, then a vinyl door sweep would be the best choice, since vinyl prevents water and moisture from entering the door.
Storefront doors are either clear anodized (silver finish) or dark bronze anodized. The aluminum door holder of the door sweep is available in clear anodized or dark bronze anodized. It is best practice to match the door sweep finish with the storefront door finish.
Door sweeps provide a seal between the bottom of the storefront door and the floor. Understanding what to look for before you purchase a door sweep can save you time and money in the long run. When you need a storefront door sweep we recommend Tahoma storefront door sweeps. Unlike other door sweep manufacturers, Tahoma strictly focuses on storefront doors. This means the Tahoma door sweep is actually designed specifically for storefront aluminum door installations, providing the best performance compared to other brands. Shop today and receive FAST, FREE shipping on all Tahoma storefront door sweeps.
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