Threshold Patents (Class 49/467)
  • Patent number: 10954712
    Abstract: The threshold system includes a first support member secured to a walking surface, a second support member secured to the walking surface, and a thermal break joining the first support member and the second support member. A first ramp is removably coupled to the first support member. A second ramp is removably coupled to the second support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Geier
  • Patent number: 10822862
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sill assembly and sill that can be positioned continuously under doorways with swing doors, sidelites, and vertical door frame members such as vertical jambs, and mull posts, or the vertical members of sidelites. One variation of the sill assembly can be used for inswing doors while another can be used for outswing doors. The sill assembly includes a backstop and optionally can include end dams. These in combination with the structure of the sill assembly shed water away from the building structure and allow for the possibility of the sill assembly being installed without an additional sill pan or flashing. The sill assembly can optionally include one or more thermal breaks. The sill assembly can be structured so the thermal breaks of the door, sidelites, and vertical door frame members all align with the thermal breaks of the sill assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Gregory A Header
  • Patent number: 10801240
    Abstract: A sill track for sliding panels such as doors or windows in a door jamb or window jamb. The sill track mounts flush to the surrounding floors and has an integrated drainage system for preventing water from penetrating the sill track. The sill track comprises a base having walls to support flooring, a panel track for receiving a guide of a panel, such as wheels of a sliding glass door, and a weep channel wall forming a weep channel for draining water to below a top surface of the sill track. The walls of the base, the panel track and the weep channel wall are configured such that the flooring installed on the sill track, the panel track and the top of the weep channel wall are all flush with the surrounding flooring on the interior and exterior of the sill track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Fleetwood Aluminum Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. McCoy, Kevin M. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10745961
    Abstract: The threshold system includes a first support member secured to a walking surface, a second support member secured to the walking surface, and a thermal break joining the first support member and the second support member. A first ramp is removably coupled to the first support member. A second ramp is removably coupled to the second support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeff Geier
  • Patent number: 10041289
    Abstract: An example apparatus is disclosed that may include a bottom plate, a front plate coupled along a bottom edge to a front edge of the bottom plate, a top plate coupled along a front edge to a top edge of the front plate such that a channel is formed between the bottom and top plates, a vertical stopping plate coupled along a lower edge to a back edge of the top plate, a hat channel coupled to an inner surface of the channel, wherein the hat channel runs perpendicular to a length of the channel, and a embedding material inside the hat channel, wherein the embedding material is adjacent to a bottom surface of the top plate. An example method is disclosed that may include coupling a closure piece to a floor panel and coupling a track to the closure piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Arlan Collins, Mark Woerman
  • Patent number: 9845633
    Abstract: A composite reinforced mull post is disclosed for use in an entryway assembly. The mull post may engage a door on one side and a side light window on the other side. The mull post may comprise a one or two piece outer portion and one or more internal reinforcing members. The outer portion may comprise a plurality of interlocking pieces. A first internal reinforcing member may be formed of engineered material such as a wood laminate, and a second reinforcing member may comprise a channel that extends partially around the first reinforcing member. The reinforcing member may include orthogonal portions conterminously received within a correspondingly shaped central chamber formed by the housing formed by the joined interlocking pieces. The reinforcing member may include an upper wood portion and a lower durable portion, connected end to end by a glued finger joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PLASTPRO 2000, INC.
    Inventors: Shirley Wang, Sungtse Lin
  • Patent number: 8966823
    Abstract: A threshold with a sill deck, a removable sill extender and a seal. The sill extender slides into a press-fit engagement with the sill deck such that the seal provides a press-fit connection between the sill deck and the sill extender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Van Camp
  • Patent number: 8966858
    Abstract: Floor profile arrangement, in particular for securing floor coverings (10), comprising at least one profiled strip (1) which has at least one retaining means (2) which holds a first segment (4) of a joining means (15), wherein a second segment (14) of the joining means (15) projects over a peripheral region (5) of the profiled strip (1) in the longitudinal direction (L) to join with a further profiled strip (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Küberit Profile Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Frank Sondermann
  • Patent number: 8966841
    Abstract: A door threshold may comprise a main body formed from two feet. In certain example embodiments, a male-female connection between the feet may be used to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In certain other example embodiments, a center bridge insert to be used in connection with two female feet to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In still further example embodiments, one or more center layers may be disposed between two feet, with the size of the center layer(s) determining the depth of the door threshold. Also, the door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween which, in certain example embodiments, may grip the carpet to reduce the ease with which it may be pulled out from between the upper and lower members. Thus, certain example embodiments may reduce and/or eliminate the need for tacks proximate to the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Publication number: 20140338265
    Abstract: An example of a sill assembly for a door frame includes a sub sill extending along a generally horizontal sill axis. The sub sill includes a sub sill upper portion. A base sill extends along the sill axis. The base sill is mounted to the sub sill and clads at least a portion of the sub sill upper portion. The base sill includes at least one base sill clip member. A step sill extends along the sill axis. The step sill includes an axially extending step sill upper surface positioned above the base sill, and at least one step sill clip member removably engaged with the base sill clip member to removably mount the step sill to the base sill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Alpa Lumber Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel Petta
  • Patent number: 8875443
    Abstract: A seal assembly located at the intersection of an extension room and wall of a recreation vehicle, the seal assembly having a flap seal, a bulb snap-in member attached to the flap seal, and a bulb seal member attachable to the bulb snap-in member in a snap-fit manner The flap seal may be made removable from the bulb snap-in member. Two flap seals may be used to attach to either side of the recreation vehicle wall. The two flap seals may be connectable with each other and adjustable via a longitudinal mating shaft on one flap seal and a longitudinal mating shaft receiving member on the second flap seal. The seal assembly may be manufactured by a multi-extrusion process so that various components can be made of different materials, such as different types of plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Trimlok, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Siegel
  • Publication number: 20140318021
    Abstract: A door sill assembly for an entryway of a building can include a substrate having a sill channel. A sill deck can be on the substrate. The sill deck can include a deck and a clip. In an embodiment, the sill deck and clip are a unitary construction. The clip can be operably engaged with the deck. The clip can be removably attachable to the substrate. The sill deck is capable of removable attachment from the door sill assembly before or after the door sill assembly is installed in the entryway without removal or damage to any portion of the side jambs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Brent Van Camp, Andrew Krochmal
  • Patent number: 8857107
    Abstract: A door threshold shield apparatus includes a shield body shaped for covering a portion of a door threshold. The shield body can include a sheet metal or other suitable material. A hook is positioned on a first longitudinal edge of the shield body for retaining the shield body on a first edge of the threshold, and a cap flange is positioned on a second longitudinal edge of the shield body. The cap flange is shaped to be received between a removable cap flange on the threshold and a threshold base, thereby rigidly securing the shield apparatus to the threshold. Once construction is complete, the shield may be removed without removing the threshold base by detaching the threshold cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Key
  • Patent number: 8819969
    Abstract: A doorway threshold sign for use in a door threshold includes a relatively rigid substrate which includes a printed alerting indicia thereon. The substrate is of a length to extend between the door threshold and includes ends which each have a notched surface configured to receive at least a door stop of a door jamb of a door frame when the substrate is disposed on the floor between the door jambs of the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jeanette A. Cissell
  • Patent number: 8813427
    Abstract: A threshold assembly for use with an entryway system disposed within a structure having an exterior and an interior. The threshold assembly has a sill base extending between an exterior side for facing the exterior and an interior side for facing the interior. The threshold assembly has a rail disposed above the sill base and movable between initial and sealed positions. The threshold assembly has a drainage element disposed beneath the rail having a height relative to the sill base and sloping away from the interior side of the sill base such that the height decreases from the interior side to the exterior side for providing positive drainage of any fluid that may infiltrate beyond the rail from the threshold assembly at the exterior side. The threshold assembly has a biasing member coupled to the rail and contacting the drainage element and biasing the rail into the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Meeks
  • Patent number: 8769874
    Abstract: A sill assembly with an adjustable threshold has: a removable cap; a housing with two vertical supporting walls to receive the cap, with two recessed channels in opposite locations of the walls; two rubber gaskets inserted into the vertical supporting walls' recessed channels; a vinyl substrate for supporting the housing; cap-screws; and adjustment screws. The cap is fastened onto housing by cap-screws which are coupled tightly below with the adjustment screws. The cap's inner walls are supported by the adjustment screws' large diametric disc. When the cap is inserted onto the housing, the interior of the cap's outer walls is compressing two rubber gaskets to create a tight sealing. Being covered by the cap and the housing's vertical supporting walls, the rubber gaskets are less susceptible to weatherization and possible damages, and the sill assembly's aesthetic appearance is enhanced because the visible part of the sill assembly looks consistent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ken Ming Lai
  • Patent number: 8769875
    Abstract: Garages and other large buildings having wide overhead doors are subject to increased maintenance and cleaning as a result of the unwanted entry of moisture, dead leaves and other debris which are often blown along the surface of the yard or driveway and into the door opening. A rigid threshold section with a pair of flanges is directly mounted below using a lag assembly and receives the overhead door therein to block and deter leaves and other debris from entering the opening when the door is being opened or closed. Cars and other vehicles can drive over the threshold section without difficulty or damage thereto due to its shape and rigidity. Multiple threshold sections can be joined to form a threshold of sufficient length for a particular door width in either a permanent or temporary manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Tommy G. Scoggins
  • Patent number: 8739469
    Abstract: A cover for protection of a threshold. The cover includes a first flange. Extending from the first flange is a first portion intended to protect a sill channel or a threshold cap of the threshold. Extending from the first portion is a second portion intended to protect a sill deck of the threshold. Extending from the second portion is a second flange. The second flange has openings in the form of apertures or notches configured to allow water to drain from under the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Fortun, Brent Van Camp
  • Patent number: 8713854
    Abstract: Some aspects relate to weather seal systems for forming water barriers and air barriers. Some air barriers include a sill portion, a frame portion, and a transition portion extending between the sill and frame portions, where the transition portion extends inwardly and downwardly from the frame portion of the air barrier, toward an interior side of an associated door assembly, to the sill portion of the air barrier. The transition portion optionally provides a buffer zone, or transition zone of air at a greater spacing from the water barrier. In some embodiments, the transition zone is equilibrated to external pressures and supplies substantially dry air to air leaks in the air barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventors: Paul D. Schroder, Joseph A. Ritzert
  • Patent number: 8683747
    Abstract: Disclosed is an easy-to-construct window apparatus including to assure easy construction and superior drainage ability. The window apparatus includes a window frame fixing unit including a bottom plate, vertical plates formed at lateral ends of the bottom plate and a rack plate formed at each vertical plate, a window frame support unit including a seat plate on the rack plate, a support plate configured to be supported on the bottom plate, fastening pieces protruding from the seat plate, and a holding groove formed in each fastening piece, a rail unit including a horizontal plate provided with a rail and a coupling piece, and a holding ridge formed at the coupling piece so as to be coupled with the holding groove, a window drive unit including a press-fit structure to be press-fitted into a window, and water discharge holes perforated in the aforementioned units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Soon Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 8661737
    Abstract: A kit, door and method of installing an adjustable horizontal adapter bar for a storm, security, screen or other door to a building involves adjustment of a bar for a bottom or a top edge of a door to get a better fit than a standard door. Adjustable bars may comprise multiple telescoping parts, adjustable width vertical bars and fasteners for coupling the adjustable bar to a door. A kit may further comprise a threshold plate and a bug sweep for further resisting entry of bugs small animals and debris to create a better seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Unique Home Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: John Brogan
  • Publication number: 20130247471
    Abstract: A nosing cover for a door sill assembly of an entryway of a building where the door sill assembly includes a substrate, a nosing, and a sill channel. The nosing cover has a nosing portion with a first wall, a second wall, and a horizontal portion connecting the first wall to the second wall. The first wall and the second wall can be disposed on opposite sides of the nosing with the horizontal portion covering the top of the nosing. The nosing cover also includes a floor portion extending from the second wall to be contiguous with the floor of the sill channel when the nosing cover is installed on the sill assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Van Camp, Andrew Krochmal
  • Patent number: 8499498
    Abstract: Low-profile, self-draining panel threshold assemblies are discussed. The threshold assemblies comprise an interior sill portion, an exterior sill portion, and a drop-down chamber therebetween. The interior sill portion may include a condensation channel, which in one example, includes a roller track centrally positioned therein. The exterior sill portion includes a drain chamber and a reservoir chamber, where the reservoir chamber is positioned below and optionally to the exterior of the drain chamber. The drop-down chamber is partially defined by an elongate exposed weather-strip and an elongate covered weather-strip. In varying examples, a reservoir chamber height is equal to or greater than a water head height at a preselected wind load pressure. In certain examples, an effective threshold assembly height is less than or equal to ¾-inch, such as less than or equal to ½-inch. Methods and apparatuses related to the threshold assemblies are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Heppner
  • Patent number: 8492660
    Abstract: Radio-frequency (RF) leakage from shielded enclosures is minimized while ensuring applicable RF attenuation standards and access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by attaching an inflatable bladder to a door of an enclosure. Substantially surrounding the bladder is an electrically conductive material. When the bladder is inflated it makes contact with conductive material which in turn makes conductive contact with the door frame to create an RF seal. The use of the bladder and conductive material provides an improved RF seal and allows for the use of a low-profile threshold that permits ADA access to, and from, the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Dominick Carducci, Glenn A. McNemar, Mary R. Castle, Robert A. Wiatr
  • Publication number: 20130091776
    Abstract: A door sill assembly for an entryway of a building can include a substrate having a nosing and a sill channel. A nosing cover can be attached to the substrate and extending over at least a portion of the nosing and over at least a portion of the sill channel. A sill deck can be on the substrate. The sill deck can include a deck and a clip. In an embodiment, the sill deck and clip are a unitary construction. The deck can be engaged with a portion of the nosing cover. The clip can be operably engaged with the deck. The clip can be removably attachable to the substrate. The sill deck is capable of removable attachment from the door sill assembly before or after the door sill assembly is installed in the entryway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Brent Van Camp, Andrew Krochmal
  • Patent number: 8418426
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8381448
    Abstract: An adjustable door sweep with an upper frame, a lower carrier, and at least one brush is provided. The adjustable door sweep includes diagonally oriented slots in the walls of the upper frame and the lower carrier with attached rotatable rods to assist in vertical adjustment of the extensions, such as brushes. The method of using such an adjustable door sweep is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Special-Lite, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo R. Flory, Andrew J. Seiser
  • Patent number: 8375659
    Abstract: A handicap accessible doorway includes a frame having side jambs and a low profile sill extending between the bottom portions of the jambs. A flexible fin extends along the length of the sill and projects upwardly therefrom to form a water dam. The flexible fin is sealingly attached at each end to a jamb. During a blowing rainstorm, water is contained by the dam and directed to a contain-and-drain water management system, which directs the water away from the doorway to an exterior weep hole or other drain port. The fin, being flexible, yields to the weight of a footstep or a wheelchair thereby maintaining the handicap accessible designation of the sill and the doorway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: David Bogenhagen, Jon Dekko, Duane Fier
  • Publication number: 20120210650
    Abstract: A door threshold may comprise a main body formed from two feet. In certain example embodiments, a male-female connection between the feet may be used to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In certain other example embodiments, a center bridge insert to be used in connection with two female feet to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In still further example embodiments, one or more center layers may be disposed between two feet, with the size of the center layer(s) determining the depth of the door threshold. Also, the door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween which, in certain example embodiments, may grip the carpet to reduce the ease with which it may be pulled out from between the upper and lower members. Thus, certain example embodiments may reduce and/or eliminate the need for tacks proximate to the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Robert RISSONE
  • Patent number: 8230646
    Abstract: A sliding door assembly allowing for varying performance and threshold heights is disclosed herein. A sliding door assembly incorporating a sliding door sill of the present invention can have varying performance and threshold heights while maintaining the integrity of the assembly. For example, the sliding doors do not have to be removed from the assembly, and the door frame does not have to be uninstalled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle A. McDaniel
  • Publication number: 20120180397
    Abstract: A door sill assembly for an entryway of a building can include a substrate having a nosing and a sill channel. A nosing cover can be attached to the substrate and extending over at least a portion of the nosing and over at least a portion of the sill channel. A sill deck can be on the substrate. The sill deck can include a deck and a clip. The deck can be engaged with a portion of the nosing cover. The clip can be operably engaged with the deck. The clip can be removably attachable to the substrate. The sill deck is capable of removable attachment from the door sill assembly before or after the door sill assembly is installed in the entryway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Van Camp, Andrew Krochmal
  • Patent number: 8186114
    Abstract: A door threshold may comprise a main body formed from two feet. In certain example embodiments, a male-female connection between the feet may be used to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In certain other example embodiments, a center bridge insert to be used in connection with two female feet to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In still further example embodiments, one or more center layers may be disposed between two feet, with the size of the center layer(s) determining the depth of the door threshold. Also, the door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween which, in certain example embodiments, may grip the carpet to reduce the ease with which it may be pulled out from between the upper and lower members. Thus, certain example embodiments may reduce and/or eliminate the need for tacks proximate to the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8161685
    Abstract: A draft excluder for excluding drafts between a door and the floor. The draft excluder is made up of an elongated angled bracket, at least one clip, a flexible covering, and an elongated weight. The flexible covering can take the form of a cloth covering. The elongated angled bracket defines first and second sidewalls with an interior angle there-between. The first and second sidewalls respectively define first and second elongated terminal edges. During normal use the at least one clip holds the first sidewall of the bracket to the bottom of a door such that the interior angle faces downward and towards the floor beneath the door. The flexible covering defines a cover portion that extends between the first and second elongated terminal edges. The cover portion defines an interior surface and an exterior surface. The elongated weight is affixed to the interior surface of the cover portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony J. Salgado
  • Publication number: 20120085037
    Abstract: An adjustable door sill assembly can include a threshold. A threshold cap can be on the threshold and have at least one opening formed therein. A carriage can be beneath the threshold cap and positioned proximate the at least one opening. At least one adjustment element on the carriage is capable of causing the threshold cap to move vertically with respect to the threshold. The adjustment element can be accessible through the opening on the threshold cap. A cap plug can cover the opening, the cap plug being removably attachable with the carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent Van Camp, Andrew Krochmal
  • Patent number: 8132370
    Abstract: Self-draining panel threshold assemblies including a reservoir chamber are discussed. The threshold assemblies comprise an interior sill portion, an exterior sill portion, and a drop-down chamber therebetween. The interior sill portion may include a condensation channel, which in one example, includes a roller track centrally positioned therein. The exterior sill portion includes a drain chamber and the reservoir chamber, where the reservoir chamber is positioned below and optionally to the exterior of the drain chamber. The drop-down chamber is partially defined by an elongate exposed weather-strip and an elongate covered weather-strip. In varying examples, a reservoir chamber height is equal to or greater than a water head height at a preselected wind load pressure. In certain examples, an effective threshold assembly height is less than or equal to ¾-inch, such as less than or equal to 1/2-inch. Methods and apparatuses related to the threshold assemblies are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Heppner
  • Publication number: 20120047808
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present disclosure provides a door threshold system that includes a door threshold and a water barrier structured to be disposed along a bottom of the threshold. The water barrier is additionally structured to prevent water from penetrating a joint formed between a bottom of the threshold and a floor structure to which the threshold is mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Norman Davidson
  • Publication number: 20120011776
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8061086
    Abstract: A threshold system, having a threshold and a flashing removably connected to the threshold is disclosed. The threshold system including a threshold and a flashing removably connected to the threshold. The threshold having a front incline, a front support, an arm, with the front support and the arm forming a portion of the front incline and extending toward a threshold front. the arm includes an underside and a hook, whereby the hook bends back toward a threshold rear. A frontal pocket is defined by a space within a flashing receiving space between a hook upper side and underside of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Tell Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven William Haun
  • Patent number: 8051605
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 7877940
    Abstract: An entryway for disposition in a door opening of a building includes a threshold and a corner sealing member mounted in the door opening between the building and the threshold. The threshold has a bottom facing downwardly and a back extending upwardly from the bottom. The corner sealing member has a middle portion disposed partially below the bottom of the threshold, a first vertical portion extending upwardly from the middle portion adjacent the threshold, and a second vertical portion extending upwardly from the middle portion transversely from the first vertical portion. The back of the threshold defines a recess and the second vertical portion of the corner sealing member is disposed in the recess to allow for adequate sealing between the threshold and the corner sealing member and to allow for proper placement of the threshold in the door opening without interference from the corner sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Meeks, David C. Bryant
  • Patent number: 7874106
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention are directed to a sill flashing assembly configured to fit within a lower portion of an opening in a wall. The sill flashing assembly comprises: (1) a central sill flashing member having a substantially horizontal portion and a substantially vertical portion; and (2) at least one end dam member. The substantially vertical portion extends upwardly adjacent an interior edge of the substantially horizontal portion, and the substantially vertical portion defines at least one channel. The end dam member has a planar base and at least one tab extending at an angle greater than zero degrees from an interior edge of the planar base. The tab has a height that is shorter than a height of the interior edge of the planar base, and the tab engages the channel when the end dam member is installed adjacent an end of the central sill flashing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: YKK Corporation of America
    Inventors: Donald G. Pangburn, Richard Braunstein
  • Patent number: 7788863
    Abstract: An astragal boot is mounted onto a lower end of an astragal disposed on a free end of a semi-active door in a double-door set disposed over a threshold. The astragal boot includes a platform and a pair of lateral fins spaced from one another and being flexible and projecting downwardly from the platform to seal against the threshold. Primary fins are flexible and project downwardly from the platform a greater distance than the lateral fins and are joined to and extend between the lateral fins. The lateral fins are joined to the primary fins and hold the primary fins into sealing engagement with the threshold to prevent the penetration of water between the astragal boot and the threshold. The lateral fins hold the primary fins against the threshold because the primary fins are thinner thereby minimizing the effort required to close the semi-active door over the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Pepper, James W. Meeks, Brian S. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 7775011
    Abstract: A sill assembly includes an integral sill assembly having a sill base and an inclined threshold. The sill base is overmolded in an injection molding process onto the inclined threshold. A rail assembly is adjustably secured to the sill base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. Baczuk, Matthew D. White
  • Patent number: 7694471
    Abstract: An astragal boot for mounting onto a lower end of an astragal includes a platform, a first and second lateral fin spaced from each other and projecting downwardly from the platform, and an auxiliary fin disposed between the first and second lateral fins. The auxiliary fin defines an auxiliary fin edge extending from the first lateral fin to the second lateral fin for sealing engagement with the threshold. The auxiliary fin includes a hub portion and a first and second leg portion each extending from the hub portion to the first and second lateral fins, respectively. The first leg portion extends along a first direction defining a portion of the auxiliary fin edge along the first direction and the second leg portion extends along a second direction at an obtuse angle relative to the first direction defining another portion of the auxiliary fin edge along the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Meeks, David C. Bryant
  • Patent number: 7681372
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 7600346
    Abstract: A threshold assembly is disposed below a closure. The threshold assembly includes a sill having a first end and a second end spaced from each other and having an entry portion sloping downwardly from a proximate end to a distal end between the first and second ends. A pair of jamb pedestals are disposed at the first and second ends of the sill, respectively. Each jamb pedestal supports a jamb spaced above the sill. A first wall extends upwardly from the proximate end of the entry portion and a second wall extends upwardly from the sill and along the first wall to define a channel extending longitudinally between the jamb pedestals. The first wall defines an opening which establishes fluid communication from the channel to the entry portion of the sill between the jamb pedestals for directing water from the channel away from the threshold assembly along the entry portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventor: James W. Meeks
  • Patent number: 7536833
    Abstract: A sill assembly includes an integral sill assembly having a sill base and an inclined threshold. The sill base is overmolded in an injection molding process onto the inclined threshold. A rail assembly is adjustably secured to the sill base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. Baczuk, Matthew D. White
  • Patent number: 7472516
    Abstract: A threshold assembly includes a base defining a channel, a plurality of nuts slideably engaged in the channel, a rail disposed on the base and defining a plurality of holes, and a plurality of threaded fasteners rotationally retained in the holes and threadedly engaging the nuts. The channel has a neck and a pair of opposing sides angling outwardly from the neck into the base. Each nut presents opposing contact surfaces complimentary to the opposing sides of the channel such that the nut is slideably engaged in the channel. The nut also includes an elongated platform such that when the threaded fastener is rotated, the elongated platform and the opposing contact surfaces of the nut engage the opposing sides of the channel such that the height of the rail relative to the base is adjusted in response to rotation of the threaded fastener relative to the nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Pepper, James W. Meeks
  • Publication number: 20080222961
    Abstract: A threshold assembly is disposed below a closure. The threshold assembly includes a sill having a first end and a second end spaced from each other and having an entry portion sloping downwardly from a proximate end to a distal end between the first and second ends. A pair of jamb pedestals are disposed at the first and second ends of the sill, respectively. Each jamb pedestal supports a jamb spaced above the sill. A first wall extends upwardly from the proximate end of the entry portion and a second wall extends upwardly from the sill and along the first wall to define a channel extending longitudinally between the jamb pedestals. The first wall defines an opening which establishes fluid communication from the channel to the entry portion of the sill between the jamb pedestals for directing water from the channel away from the threshold assembly along the entry portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: QUANEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: James W. Meeks
  • Patent number: 7350336
    Abstract: A threshold system includes modular plastic substrate sections of predetermined lengths that are attachable together end-to-end in a number of configurations to form substrates of various total lengths. A threshold assembly of a desired length is assembled by attaching selected substrate sections together to form a support substrate having a length corresponding to the sums of the lengths of the substrate sections, mounting an extruded aluminum sill to the support substrate, and mounting a threshold cap in the upwardly open channel formed by the attached substrate sections and the sill. A nosing strip may be secured along the inside of the finished threshold to cover the intersections between joined substrate sections and to provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance from the inside of a building in which the threshold is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel S. Bennett