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abedj 02-23-2010 03:58 PM

Threshold at the front door and Tile
I would like to put tile in my kitchen and would like suggestions about the threshold from the door to the tile. I saw a similar post at but I am not sure his answer will be the same for me.

I would like first row of tiles to be full tiles. There is one inch from the door to the current floor. With the thinset, hardy back board, thinset, and tile the door might end up being the perfect height so that no cutting is needed :).

I will cut the bottom of the door trim so the tiles will fit under the trim and the first row will be close to the wall. I will remove the current threshold but I do not know the best way to make a seal from the bottom of the door to a new threshold or what a good choice for a new threshold would be. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Current weather stripping is against the threshold.
I will remove the threshold and tile will under the door trim and parallel to the wall extending along this line.
This current height of the door from the current floor is one inch.
Birds eye view of the whole entry way.

oh'mike 02-23-2010 05:48 PM

I think you should replace the threshold with one that will give you enough height to clear ,not ony the new tile , but a throw rug.

That old thresh hold had lived is life and needs to be replaced.

Now is the time,it will be much harder after you tile.-----Mike-----

Ron6519 02-23-2010 06:31 PM

You do not have a real understanding as to what it takes to convert your current flooring to a ceramic tile floor.
To find out if it's even possible would require you to know the exact structure of the current floor. That includes the floor joist size and it's total span length. What is currently on top of the ? You would need to provide at least a 1 1/8" thick subfloor to support a ceramic tile installation. On top of that you could go with a 1/4" cement or hardiboard. The current flooring would need to be stripped down to the subfloor. In sheet flooring, it's generally put over 1/4" luan. If it's an older house you could have multiple layers of flooring. All of these would need to be removed.
If you install ceramic tile over an inadequate substrate, it will fail.

slunn 08-28-2010 03:29 PM

Can the bottom of a door be trimmed if the threshold is too thick after adding tile.

Garage Guy 08-28-2010 03:36 PM

yes it can, but take Ron's advise and do some prilimary investigation.
your wallet will thank you.

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