Origins of the Threshold :: The Construction Management Pro

Origins of the Threshold

Did you ever wonder were some building component names come from? Well I have. Here is the answer to one of them.

In the 1500s floors were principally dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt floors. Hence the saying “dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet. So, to combat that problem, they spread straw (also know as thresh) on the floor to help with their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance way. This was soon know as a “thresh-hold.”

Home Depot carries more than 700 different thresholds! You can find them made of wood, metal, plastic, composite materials, marble, bamboo or just about any material. They are mostly used to assist in closing the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor as well as acting as a transition from one floor type to another (think hallways to bathrooms). Check your exterior thresholds as they are a primary area for not only heat loss, but an inviting avenue for unwanted pest to invade your home or property.

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