Marble Thresholds The Perfect Solution For Defining The Change Between Different Floorings
Marble thresholds are extremely durable, elegant and stylish, making them ideal for defining changes between
marble floor tile
and your other flooring.
You can also choose a threshold which matches both your marble floor tile and the flooring in the adjoining room, by blending the style of the threshold to avoid clashing of the two floors.
These beautiful thresholds, are strips of marble. They are also commonly known as marble saddles, marble door thresholds or transition thresholds.
Not only can these thresholds provide a beautiful, elegant, and safe way to transition between marble floor tiles and the adjoining floor. It can also be the perfect solution for separating other different flooring's other than marble.
A marble threshold could have a bevel on either one. or both long top edges. This provides a safe, nice finish.
If you are installing marble tiles and using the threshold to end a floor, it would only have one long side beveled. However, if you are installing marble tiles and using the threshold as a transition piece, two long sides would be beveled.
There are 2 types of bevels on these prefabricated thresholds. The Standard bevel and the Hollywood bevel.
The Standard bevel is most commonly a 1/4” bevel. This type of threshold is mostly used after installing marble tiles, just to provide an ease at the edge of the threshold.
The Hollywood bevel is also known as a handicapped bevel. It is a larger bevel which is 1 to 1 3/8 inches, and It create a ramp effect. The ramp effect makes it easy for wheelchairs to pass over the threshold. This makes them very common for use in commercial projects.
Marble thresholds are used in such places as, hotels, restaurants and resorts. These thresholds are usually 4 inch wide thresholds, they are also known as hospitality thresholds. Almost all residential projects require these thresholds, especially for the main entrance and bathroom entries.
you can use a matching color threshold to either your marble floor tiles or to both your marble floor tiles and your other flooring material.
The most preferred colors for these thresholds are
Polished Cream marble
Pure White Marble
and Black Granite
These are the most preferred colors by designers for matching flooring, due to their natural and neutral colors.
The Bevels and the top surface of the thresholds are polished. These thresholds are a product of natural stone, so the Natural design and shades will vary from one piece to another. No two will be alike.
Sizes Of Thresholds
Marble Thresholds have different standard sizes. In Southern States, 2”x36” is the most common size with a simple 1/4" bevel.
In Northern States, standard width is mostly 4” or 4 1/2". 5" or for some projects even 6". Hospitality projects mostly use 4" thresholds.
The thickness of the thresholds can be 3/8” ,1/2", 5/8" or even 3/4" depending on the width. The standard length of a threshold would be 36 "; however, other lengths could be necessary depending on the size of the doorway.
Cutting The Threshold
When you're installing marble thresholds one of the most difficult parts of the process is cutting them. Marble is very strong and durable, but if it is not cut carefully it tends to shatter.
It is very important that you get the size of your threshold exact, You will be
installing your threshold
after your done installing marble tiles up until your last row. Your last row of marble tile will meet up to your threshold, so be sure if needed to cut your last row of marble floor tile, just before you are ready to install your threshold.
It is extremely hard to reduce the size of marble, because it cannot be sanded down as easily as wood, and if it is too small any filler substance will look unsightly next to your quality marble.
The first thing you'll need to do is to find the right size threshold to cut.
You'll want to measure for the width of the threshold by measuring your doorway, this way you'll only need to cut the length of your threshold.
Some stores will cut your marble threshold for you. However this can be expensive, and is easy to do yourself if you use the right tools.
*A marble threshold should be cut to the length and the width of your door frame. The width of marble thresholds will usually be between 2 to 4 inches wide.
*Choosing the depth of your marble threshold is also very important. Common thicknesses are between half an inch and three quarters of an inch.If your threshold has a deeper inset, you can cushion the marble by laying some extra wood underneath.
*Be sure to to measure and mark your line and recheck it again, before cutting your threshold. This will ensure the correct cut. Use a wet saw to cut it. This will give your threshold a nice clean chip free finish.
*While you are cutting the threshold with your tile saw keep your speed consistent.
*After you have cut your threshold, be sure to clean out all the dust from the recess.
*For polished marble exposed edges from cuts should be sanded smooth and painted with clear lacquer
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