A Step By Step Installation Guide On How To Install A Bottom Door Sweep On A Commercial Aluminum Storefont Door
A bottom door sweep is a type of weatherstripping that is located at the base of a storefront door. There are many benefits to bottom door sweeps including energy savings, heat conservation in the Winter, retaining cool temperatures in the Summer, keeping dirt and debris from entering the building, and much more. Unfortunately, many storefront entrance doors do not have bottom door sweeps, or the bottom door sweep they have is worn down and needs to be replaced. In this guide we will explain step by step how to install a commercial storefront door sweep. So if you are a building owner and you are looking to add a door sweep to your storefront door, or just replace an existing door sweep, then this article is for you!
Clean Bottom Rail Of Exterior Side Of Storefront Door
Before installation it is best to clean the bottom door rail of the exterior side of the storefront door. Depending on the bottom door sweep you purchased, the footprint of the door sweep will vary in size. Carefully clean all scuff marks and debris off of the bottom of the door to ensure a smooth installation.
Mark Holes For Installation
Most door sweeps come standard with predrilled holes in the aluminum door holder. If the door sweep does not have holes in the aluminum holder, carefully space out and mark holes on the holder. Drill out the holes with 7/64" drill bit. Next, close the door and align the door sweep in the proper position. The door sweep should not touch the door frame and should not impede the door from closing. The bottom bristles of the door sweep should be slightly touching the surface of the ground. Remember, you want a seal. With that being said, the bristles should not be bending or compressing any way from touching the ground. If the bristles are compressed or bent, then the door sweep is placed to low on the door rail. Find the right placement for your application and with a pencil mark each hole location on the door.
Drill 7/64" Holes In Bottom of Door Rail
Next using the 7/64" drill bit, drill each marked hole in the bottom of the door rail. Carefully attach the storefront door sweep to the bottom rail of the door using screws provided with the door sweep.
Check The Door
Open and close the door to check that the door sweep is not causing too much resistance when opening the door. Verify that the door sweep allows the door to close fully.
Peen Corners Of Door Sweep
Next, open the door and using a hammer hit each corner of the door holder that holds the bottom brush sweep. This will ensure that the bottom brush sweep will not slide out of the door holder when the door opens or closes. If this is not done, overtime the brush sweep will slide of the door holder causing the door to not close properly and damaging the brush bristles.
Installing or replacing a bottom door sweep is an easy way to lower your commercial building's energy bills and reduce debris and bugs from entering the building. When you need a storefront door sweep we recommend Tahoma brand storefront door sweeps. The majority of door sweeps on the market are not commercial grade and are actually residential grade. This means the brush bristles on those door sweeps will come apart after a week of installation on a commercial storefront entrance door. Don't let this happen to you! Tahoma brand door sweeps are designed specifically for storefront aluminum doors. From low to extremely high traffic, Tahoma door sweeps last. Shop today and receive FAST, FREE shipping!
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