Did you know that your door thresholds (or kickboards) below exterior doors are the most vulnerable wood items in your house? You may not have. Many homeowners aren’t thinking about the kickboard when it comes to home maintenance for spring, but you should and here’s why.
Keeping things out…
The primary purpose of an exterior door threshold is protection against the weather. It should provide a seal underneath your door which should protect your home against air drafts and water pouring in. A drafty door can result in high energy bills as you work to keep air conditioning or heat inside your home, depending on the day here in Kentucky. With all of the rain and snow lately, your threshold may be feeling the damage. A damaged threshold could allow rainwater to flow right into your home, under your front door.
While it doesn’t fixing it doesn’t cost a lot, not getting it fixed could. A threshold allowing water in could result in mold, mildew or even a pest problem. That’s right! Your door threshold isn’t just protecting you from drafty doors or a leak, it could be protecting your home from unwanted pests just crawling in. The threshold works as a barrier to keep those creatures out. Without a threshold, there would be a gap left between the door and the floor, which looks like an exciting invitation to bugs, snakes or even small rodents.
Keeping the air in…
The door threshold isn’t only meant to keep air, bugs, and water out, it’s also meant to keep the air you buy, in. A damaged kickboard doesn’t just allow the outside chill or heat to flow in, it allows the air from your HVAC unit, to slip right out the door- again resulting in high energy bills.
Save on your energy bills and protect your home, by checking and possibly replacing your door’s threshold this spring. To find service in your area, Click Here