Types Of Bottom Door Sweeps Used On Aluminum Storefront Doors
A bottom door sweep is a type of weatherstripping that is located at the foot or base of the door. Bottom door sweeps are mounted to the door and project to the floor creating a seal between the door and floor. Bottom door sweeps are a need for any commercial front entrance door. Today we will explain the types of bottom door sweeps available for storefront entrance doors.
Anatomy Of A Door Sweep
All door sweeps are manufactured from extruded aluminum. The extruded aluminum is often referred to as the "holder." This is because the shape or design of the aluminum extrusion features a channel which is designed to hold the sealing material. Most front entrance doors use a brush bristle type of seal, however vinyl seals are also available. Depending on your application and the gap beneath the door, the holder as well as the sealing material (brush or vinyl) is available in various heights.
Brush Bottom Door Sweeps
Bottom brush door sweeps are by far the most commonly used storefront door sweep. This is because brush door sweeps are very heavy duty and reliable. The brush bristles project from the door holder to the surface of the ground. Brush bristles are very durable allowing them to rub against the floor without tearing or breaking down. A brush door sweep features millions of bristles and each bristle has some flexible properties. This allows the brush sweep to flex and maneuver with ease as the door opens or closes and the brush sweeps rubs against the surface of the floor. This means that door sweeps when installed properly on a storefront door will not add much friction when the door opens or closes.
Benefits Of Brush Door Sweeps
Brush bottom door sweeps carry many benefits. One of the biggest benefits is durability. Unlike vinyl or gasket bottom door sweeps, brush bottom door sweeps do not tear or break down as easily. Vinyl often tears over time of constant door use, whereas the brush bottom door sweeps are unaffected and maintain its structure over time.
Vinyl Bottom Door Sweeps
A vinyl bottom door sweep is identical to a brush bottom door sweep, however instead of nylon bristles in the holder, a vinyl gasket is used. Vinyl gaskets are ideal for entrances that are exposed to rain, snow, or moisture. Vinyl bottom door sweeps come in a variety of models, each varying in the thickness and shape of the vinyl. For example, thinner vinyl material can be used which allows the door sweep to be more flexible, while a thicker vinyl would make the door sweep less flexible as the door opens or closes.
Benefits Of Vinyl Door Sweeps
One of the main benefits of a vinyl door sweep is that it creates a solid door seal. This is especially a benefit when it rains. With the brush bottom door sweep the tiny bristles can allow some water to pass between them. However, with the vinyl bottom door sweep, the gasket is solid and water is not able to pass through the vinyl.
Combination Vinyl Door Sweep With Rain Drip
This type of bottom door sweep combines the functionality of a vinyl bottom door sweep and a rain drip. Essentially, it is a normal vinyl door sweep however the aluminum extruded holder features a rain drip above the vinyl.
Benefits Of Combination Vinyl Rain Drip Sweep
Having the rain drip above the vinyl sweep greatly helps reduce the amount of water on the vinyl gasket. When ever it rains, the rain will hit the storefront door and run down the face of the door all the way to the bottom of the door sweep. This typically results in water running down the vinyl gasket. With the combination vinyl rain drip sweep, the water is rerouted away from the vinyl door sweep, which greatly helps from water getting into the building.
Bottom door sweeps are necessary for all front entrance storefront doors. The benefits are immense. When you need storefront door sweeps we recommend Tahoma brand storefront door sweeps. Tahoma manufactures weatherstripping products designed specifically for commercial storefront doors. This means the products are cycle tested and designed to hold up in all traffic levels of storefront front entrance doors including medium to extremely high traffic. Shop today and receive FAST, FREE shipping!
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