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Old 10-21-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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Concrete or cement door sill elevation problem


I'm unsure of what kind of cement or concrete or cement-all to use to create a new door sill. Here's the problem.

After I re-graded and leveled my paver patio the pavers are slightly above the existing door sill allowing water to go under the wood threshold and leak into the enclosed porch. I caulked everything and water still gets through. I need to pour a new cement door sill about 2 inches thick, about 6 inches wide. I'll need to raise the door and install a new threshold.

Any help on what is best material for the cement/concrete. I've asked at home depot and multiple people give different answers. Not sure that's the best place to ask, but online search has not convinced me of the right product that won't crack. Currently I have some cement-all and a piece of rebar to span the length of the sill. I don't want to choose the wrong material and then have to do it over again.
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why not ? that's what most do who frequent apron-vest stores & buy their materials ! you need to resolve the drainage issue 1st im-n-s-h-fo
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Concrete or cement door sill elevation problem


Thanks for reply. When I pour a new sill to be about an inch and a half to two inches above the grade I'm counting on that to divert any water that might otherwise find its way in.
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Are the pavers sloped to divert the water away from the structure, or does the water stand in the spot just a little bit?

With water not draining away you are not going to be satisfied.


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The pavers are not slanted toward the door, actually slightly slanted away. With the door facing west in Ohio the prevailing rains come westward and runs down the storm door over the threshold. If rain is heavy it will run downward past the door. There is no standing water.
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yikes, this an issue that will cause you grief in the future. i have no suggestions for a fix w/o re-doing the pavers.
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Post a picture.
Stop the water from coming in under the threshold, what happens to the rest of the bottom of the wall getting wet?
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this seems like a good stack method..... probably not practical though
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Have you thought about an awning of some type above the door and Wider than the door to divert the rain in another direction?

The water will never hit the door and run down it that way.



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Door sill elevation problem


Thanks for all the responses. Here are pictures from outside and inside. The elevation problem is very slight as the pavers were raised about 3/4 of an inch and there was never a water problem before. Given the onset of our cold weather, I think I may need to put a lot of caulk on the inside to hopefully stop the water incursion and hold me over the winter and then address the problem in the spring.

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so maybe remove/cut that 1st row of bricks and add a drain, they make skinny ones of this

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