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The Ultimate Guide for Durable Thresholds

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Why use solid oak thresholds? 

Solid oak thresholds are used for various practical and aesthetic reasons in the construction and design of buildings, particularly in doorways. Here are some of the main benefits and reasons for using solid oak thresholds: 


Oak is a dense and durable hardwood, known for its strength and resistance to wear and tear. Solid oak thresholds can withstand heavy foot traffic and are less likely to warp or crack compared to other materials.


Due to its durability, solid oak thresholds have a longer lifespan than many other threshold materials, making them a cost-effective choice in the long run.


Oak has a beautiful natural grain pattern and a rich, warm color that adds a touch of elegance to any space. It enhances the overall appearance of the doorway and complements various interior styles.

Sturdiness and stability

Solid oak thresholds provide a stable transition between different flooring materials (e.g., hardwood to tile or carpet to wood), preventing uneven surfaces and tripping hazards.

Wear resistance

Oak is resistant to scratches and dents, making it an ideal material for high-traffic areas where other thresholds may show signs of wear more quickly.

Easy maintenance

Oak thresholds are relatively easy to clean and maintain. Regular dusting and occasional polishing can keep them looking new for years.

Environmental considerations

Oak is a renewable resource, and if sourced responsibly, using solid oak thresholds can be an environmentally friendly choice.

Sound insulation

Oak is a dense material that can help with sound insulation, reducing noise transmission between rooms or spaces.


Solid oak thresholds can be easily customized to fit specific doorways and design preferences. They can be stained or finished in various ways to match the surrounding décor.

Historical and traditional appeal

Oak has been used in construction and woodworking for centuries, and using solid oak thresholds can add a sense of timelessness and tradition to a building’s design.

It’s worth noting that while solid oak thresholds offer many advantages, they may be more expensive than other threshold materials like engineered wood or metal. However, the benefits they provide in terms of durability, aesthetics, and longevity often justify the higher cost for many homeowners and builders. 

How to fit solid oak thresholds?  

Fitting solid oak thresholds is a relatively straightforward process, but it requires some precision and attention to detail.

Tools and materials you’ll need: 

  • Solid oak threshold 
  • Measuring tape 
  • Pencil 
  • Saw (hand saw or circular saw) 
  • Chisel 
  • Sandpaper 
  • Wood glue 
  • Hammer 
  • Nails or screws (optional, for extra securing) 

Note: When fitting solid oak thresholds in areas where there might be changes in humidity or temperature, leave a small gap (about 1/8 inch) between the threshold and the flooring to allow for natural expansion and contraction of the wood. 

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines when using tools and materials. If you’re unsure about any step of the installation process, consider seeking the help of a professional carpenter or installer. 

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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to fit solid oak thresholds:

Step 1: Measure the doorway 

Start by measuring the width of the doorway where you intend to install the oak threshold. Take accurate measurements, including any bevels or uneven spots in the doorway.

Step 2: Trim the threshold to size 

Using the measurements from Step 1, mark the threshold with a pencil where you need to cut it to fit the doorway. Use a saw (hand saw or circular saw) to carefully cut along the marked line. Remember to cut at a 90-degree angle to ensure a proper fit. 

Step 3: Check the fit 

After cutting the threshold, place it in the doorway to check its fit. Make any necessary adjustments with a chisel or sandpaper to ensure the threshold fits snugly and evenly. 

Step 4: Prepare the subfloor 

Ensure that the subfloor is clean, dry, and level. If there are any high spots, sand them down to create a smooth surface for the threshold to sit on. 

Step 5: Apply wood glue 

Apply a thin, even layer of wood glue on the bottom side of the oak threshold. This will help to secure it in place and prevent it from shifting over time. 

Step 6: Install the threshold 

Carefully place the oak threshold in the doorway, aligning it with the edges. Press it down firmly to ensure good adhesion with the subfloor. If necessary, use a hammer to gently tap the threshold into place. 

Step 7: Secure the threshold (optional) 

If you want extra stability, you can secure the threshold to the subfloor using nails or screws. Pre-drill holes to prevent splitting, and then drive the nails or screws through the threshold into the subfloor. 

Step 8: Clean up excess glue. 

Wipe away any excess wood glue that may have squeezed out during installation. Use a damp cloth or sponge for this task. 

Step 9: Finishing touches 

If desired, sand the edges and surface of the threshold to ensure a smooth and polished finish. You can also apply a wood finish or stain to enhance the appearance and protect the wood. 


Different profiles

Oak thresholds come in various profiles, each designed to serve different purposes and accommodate specific flooring transitions.

Here are some common oak threshold profiles: 

Flat Threshold (Square Edge – Flat Trim)

This is a simple, flat piece of oak that spans the gap between two rooms or different flooring materials. It has a straight edge and is typically used for areas where the two floors are at the same level or have a minimal height difference. 


Ramp Threshold (Beveled Edge)

The ramp threshold has a beveled edge on one or both sides, creating a gentle slope between two floors with different heights. It helps to reduce tripping hazards and provides a smooth transition. 


T-Profile Threshold

The T-profile threshold resembles the shape of a “T” when viewed from the side. It is suitable for doorways where two different flooring materials meet at the same level. 


Reducer Threshold (Sloping Edge)

Reducer thresholds are used to create a smooth transition between floors of different heights. They have a sloping edge that gradually tapers down to meet the lower floor level. 


End Profile Threshold (L-Shape)

This type of threshold is designed to finish the edge of a wooden floor, providing a clean and attractive transition between the floor and an exposed edge. 


Square Nose Threshold

Also known as a stairnose, this threshold is specifically designed for use on stairs, where the flooring material needs to continue along the edge of each step. 


Bullnose Threshold

This threshold has a rounded, bullnose edge that provides a smooth, curved transition between floors or along the edge of stairs.


It’s essential to choose the right profile to suit the specific needs of your flooring transition. Consider factors like the height difference between the two flooring materials, the level of foot traffic, and the aesthetic appeal when selecting the appropriate oak threshold profile for your project. 


What’s the benefits of prefinished oak thresholds? 

Prefinished oak thresholds offer several advantages that make them a popular choice for homeowners and builders alike.

Here are the benefits of using prefinished oak thresholds: 

Time and Labor Savings

Prefinished oak thresholds come already coated with a protective finish, such as varnish or polyurethane. This means you don’t have to apply a finish yourself, saving you time and effort during installation.

Immediate Use

Once installed, prefinished oak thresholds are ready for immediate use. There’s no need to wait for any finishes to dry or cure, so you can walk on them and use the doorway right away.

Variety of Finishes

Prefinished oak thresholds are available in various finishes, allowing you to choose one that best matches your interior decor and complements your flooring.

Consistent Finish Quality

Prefinished oak thresholds are manufactured in a controlled environment, ensuring a uniform and consistent finish across all thresholds. This results in a professional-looking appearance with no variations in the finish.

Enhanced Durability

The pre-applied finish on these thresholds provides an extra layer of protection against wear, scratches, and stains, making them more durable and able to withstand heavy foot traffic.

Convenience and Less Mess

Finishing wood on-site can create dust and a mess. With prefinished oak thresholds, you eliminate the need for sanding, staining, or varnishing during installation, resulting in a cleaner and less disruptive process.


While prefinished oak thresholds may have a slightly higher upfront cost than unfinished ones, the overall cost may be lower when considering the savings in labor and finishing materials.

Longer Finish Lifespan

Prefinished oak thresholds are often treated with multiple coats of finish in a controlled environment. This professional finishing process can result in a longer-lasting and more durable finish compared to what might be achieved on-site.

Reduced VOC Emissions

Some prefinished oak thresholds use low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) finishes, which are better for indoor air quality and contribute to a healthier living environment.

Overall, prefinished oak thresholds offer convenience, time savings, and a high-quality finish, making them an excellent choice for doorways and transitions between different flooring materials. However, it’s essential to choose a reputable supplier to ensure the thresholds have a durable and well-applied finish. 

Here at Parker Wade we offer a range of different thresholds, which we can stain to match the floor you order from us, or we have prefinished/ unfinished oak thresholds, and we can offer free next day delivery on these products, any questions please call or email: 01752 262469 /




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