With Drain Or Vent Patents (Class 49/471)
  • Patent number: 10472882
    Abstract: A modular sub-sill unit to provide improved water drainage is attachable to a bottom part of a sill and to a portion of an exterior wall that corresponds to the bottom of an opening, such as a door, window, or skylight. The sub-sill unit may include a top plate, which provides a plurality of weep holes that allow liquid to pass through and be deposited on an inner deflection wall. The inner deflection wall deflects the liquid into a water trough or channel, which extends across the length of the sub-sill unit at a front edge facing outwardly from the exterior wall. The liquid then exits through a plurality of exit holes in the outer front edge. The inner deflection wall thus creates a dry zone that prevents the liquid from reaching a base plate and protects the fasteners that attach the base plate to the exterior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: George E. Pettibone
  • Patent number: 9920570
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a window sill flashing comprising a base having a substantially rectangular shape. A front flange projects perpendicularly downward from a front edge of the base and at least one side flange extends vertically from a side edge of the base. The side flange includes a front surface. The window sill flashing is made from a rigid homopolymer vinyl film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: PN II, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Patrick Broad, Jay K. McDonald
  • Patent number: 9745791
    Abstract: A corner flashing insert including a one-piece, pre-formed flashing with an outside wall, a recessed jamb leg in the vertical plane and a recessed sill leg in the horizontal plane, the recessed sill leg in the horizontal plane having a rear surface, the recessed jamb leg in the vertical plane having a first vertical height with a first distance from a top of the jamb leg in the vertical plane to the rear surface of the recessed sill leg in the horizontal plane. The corner flashing insert also includes a recessed back leg in the vertical plane having a second vertical height with a second distance from where the recessed back leg in the vertical plane joins the recessed jamb leg in the vertical plane to the rear surface of the recessed sill leg in the horizontal plane. The first vertical height is greater than the second vertical height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Top Industrial, Inc.
    Inventors: John Rohovit, John Stroup
  • Patent number: 9097059
    Abstract: Draining sills, frame assemblies incorporating the draining sills, and methods of using the same are described herein. The draining sills include a primary drain channel and one or more shorter auxiliary channels to capture and control water passing over the sill. The auxiliary channels provide additional fluid control capability to the draining sills which may be useful in locations where the flow rate of water passing over the sill may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: ANDERSEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Scott Flynn, Richard Lee Lang
  • Patent number: 9068355
    Abstract: A floor transition device is provided that allows a ramped transition between two different flooring surfaces. The transition device covers at least one exposed edge of the flooring surface. The bottom is attached to an existing flooring surface. The top snaps down to the bottom, capturing material between an upper biasing surface and a lower biasing surface. A portion of the top is flexible to allow different thicknesses of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: LTI Flexible Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin E Ksiezopolski
  • Publication number: 20150096235
    Abstract: A door sill assembly comprises a door sill comprising a sill crown having one or more upper drain apertures therein, a sill tread defining a stepping surface, and an internal support at least partially supporting the sill crown and the sill tread and having a drainage surface. At least a portion of the drainage surface is sloped, and at least one of the sill tread and the internal support has one or more lower drain apertures therein. The drainage surface defines at least one internal drainage channel in fluid communication with at least one upper drain aperture and at least one lower drain aperture. At least one of the sill crown, the sill tread, and the internal support is separately formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Oded Eddy Rochman
  • Publication number: 20150007502
    Abstract: The swing door assembly disclosed herein is formed and assembled to keep fluids (liquids) in particular (rain) water out of a building such as a home or business. An interoperating accordion screen is also disclosed. Several examples will be provided demonstrating a door that swings inward, a door that swings outward, and an example of each with an accordion style screen provided in the door assembly. Such accordion-style screen assemblies have been known to cause significant problems in transfer of fluid away from the exterior surface of the door and building due in part to the alignment channels needed to keep the accordion screens in proper position when closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: John Poppema
  • Publication number: 20140311039
    Abstract: The invention is a hands-free pivoting ventilation and restraint attachment to the base of an overhead sectional or solid garage door, door, or commercial door and is designed to permit screened air flow and light while impeding passage of debris, small animals, etc. in and/or out of the garage or room when the door is stopped approximately 0?-6?, as designed, from the floor to perform as described, yet deters human entry; and, upon closing the door, the unit pivots flat and out of the way and are designed to function in a garage door application without conflict with the standard automatic, self-opening laser eye “Auto Reverse” garage door operators currently in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Aran Alton Ardaiz
  • 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: 8800226
    Abstract: A drain system, in an elevator system, is an open system wherein extinguishing water penetrating through a shaft door sill having bores meets a catch plate arranged underneath the shaft door sill and can be substantially discharged along at least one shaft wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Hanspeter Bloch
  • Patent number: 8800223
    Abstract: A water restrictor adapted to control water diversion from one or more channels in a lower member of a fenestration unit, such as a prehung sliding door or window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron J. Ryan, Jonathan S. Hoogland
  • Patent number: 8695293
    Abstract: A window sill pan flashing or a door sill pan flashing with drain. The sill pan flashing has an inclined base, and window or door continuous or near continuous sill supports which can be extruded as part of the base unit. Sill pan flashing offsets provided in the rear sill pan flashing wall and in the front flange create a flow path for water to drain from the sill pan flashing to the exterior of the building. The base may be solid or hollow with window or door supports extending vertically through the base. Extension couplers are provided to join a plurality of sill pan flashing base sections. The sill pan flashing base sections and extension couplers may be manufactured by extrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Mishko Teodorovich
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130305610
    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: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: James W. Meeks
  • 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: 8448384
    Abstract: A doorway with a sill attachment that increases a sill DP rating includes spaced vertical jambs, a head jamb, and a sill, all of which form a door frame, and a door panel mounted in the frame. The sill is a substantially hollow contain-and-drain type sill with a nosing provided with drainage openings. a substantially hollow sill attachment is mounted to and extends along the nosing and the attachment projects downwardly to a position below the openings in the nosing of the sill. The drainage openings communicate with the interior of the extension. Weep holes that communicate with the environment are located in the sill attachment at a position below the openings in the nosing of the sill. The sill and sill attachment may be formed as a single component, or as separate components assembled either in the factory or the field. The attachment increases a column height of water that can be accommodated by the sill before leakage occurs, and thus enhances the DP rating of the sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Wernlund, Jon Dekko, Duane Fier
  • Patent number: 8375658
    Abstract: A water restrictor adapted to control water diversion from one or more channels in a lower member of a fenestration unit, such as a prehung sliding door or window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron J. Ryan, Jonathan S. Hoogland
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8336268
    Abstract: There is provided a floor drainage assembly for inhibiting water from passing from an upper floor of a building to lower floors of the building. The floor drainage assembly includes a stairwell drain and a stairwell trough connected to the drain. The stairwell trough extends along the stairwell threshold. Water from the upper floor entering the stairwell threshold is at least partially captured by the stairwell trough and directed to the stairwell drain. The assembly inhibits the water from damaging lower floors thereby. An angled threshold plate that is isosceles trapezoid shaped in cross-section may extend across the stairwell drain. The floor drainage assembly may also include a hoistway drain and a hoistway trough extending along the hoistway threshold. Water from the upper floor entering the hoistway threshold is at least partially captured by the hoistway trough and directed to the hoistway drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel N. J. Delaquis
  • Patent number: 8276320
    Abstract: A system for impeding air or liquid penetration through an entry into the interior of a structure includes a door mounted to a door frame. The door frame includes at least one integral cavity. The system also includes a dual-sealing system between the door and the door frame. The dual-sealing system includes an inner seal and an outer seal. A drainage cavity is defined by a region bounded by the inner seal, the outer seal, the door, and the door frame. A gap is formed in the outer seal that permits equalization of pressure of the cavity with external atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Erbrect, Stan Nowak, Pete Strycharske
  • Publication number: 20120174490
    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: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company, d/b/a Marvin Windows and Doors
    Inventor: Thomas J. Heppner
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8117789
    Abstract: A window sill pan flashing or a door sill pan flashing with drain. The sill pan flashing has an inclined base, window or door continuous or near continuous sill supports which can be extruded as part of the base unit, and corner elements which can be snapped or otherwise attached to the base. Sill pan flashing offsets provided in the rear sill pan flashing wall and in the front flange create a flow path for water to drain from the sill pan flashing. The base may be solid or hollow with window or door supports extending vertically through the base. The sill pan flashing may be manufactured by extrusion, and corner pieces may be injection molded or otherwise fabricated. The base may be fabricated from fiberglass, metal, or plastic. A window sill support means is provided in a horizontal orientation so that the base can be extruded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Mishko Teodorovich
  • Patent number: 8033056
    Abstract: A doorway with anti-bubbling sill drain includes spaced vertical side jambs, a head jamb, and a substantially hollow contain-and-drain sill, all of which form a frame. The sill has an outside nosing provided with weep holes and weep doors and a threshold portion that directly underlies a closed door mounted in the frame. A drain insert is mounted within an oblong hole in the threshold portion of the sill for allowing water collected on the threshold portion to drain into the sill and for allowing air within the sill to vent. The drain insert has a top cover, from the end portions of which a pair of drains depend. The tops of the drains are spaced from the underside of the top cover to form drain entrances. An open vent space is formed between the two drains and terminates at its upper extent in drain holes formed through the top cover. When installed, the drains extend down into the interior of the sill with the drain entrances being flush with the floor of the threshold portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Wernlund, Jon Dekko, Duane Fier
  • Publication number: 20110185657
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a floor drainage assembly for inhibiting water from passing from one floor of a building to an other floor of the building. The one floor is disposed above the other floor. The one floor includes a stairwell threshold. The building has a stairwell connecting the one floor to the other floor. The one floor is in communication with the stairwell via the stairwell threshold. The floor drainage assembly includes a stairwell drain and a stairwell trough. The stairwell trough extends along the stairwell threshold. The stairwell trough is in fluid communication with the stairwell drain, whereby water from the one floor that enters the stairwell threshold is at least partially captured by the stairwell trough and directed to the stairwell drain. The assembly inhibits the water from damaging the other floor thereby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel N. J. Delaquis
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100300001
    Abstract: A doorway with a sill attachment that increases a sill DP rating includes spaced vertical jambs, a head jamb, and a sill, all of which form a door frame, and a door panel mounted in the frame. The sill is a substantially hollow contain-and-drain type sill with a nosing provided with drainage openings. a substantially hollow sill attachment is mounted to and extends along the nosing and the attachment projects downwardly to a position below the openings in the nosing of the sill. The drainage openings communicate with the interior of the extension. Weep holes that communicate with the environment are located in the sill attachment at a position below the openings in the nosing of the sill. The sill and sill attachment may be formed as a single component, or as separate components assembled either in the factory or the field. The attachment increases a column height of water that can be accommodated by the sill before leakage occurs, and thus enhances the DP rating of the sill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Chad Wernlund, Jon Dekko, Duane Fier
  • Publication number: 20100192469
    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: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Kyle A. McDaniel
  • Patent number: 7669369
    Abstract: A door threshold water return system, comprising: a lower sill; an upper sill; a rear wall; and a front wall forming a chamber, wherein at least one baffle is provided projecting into the chamber from the rear wall, a first gap is provided in proximity to the rear wall and between the upper sill and the rear wall, and a second gap is provided in proximity to the lower sill and between the lower sill and the front wall, whereby water introduced into the system through the first gap exits the system through the second gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Henry, Ann Henry
  • Patent number: 7634880
    Abstract: A frame corner joint includes first and second frame rails having hollow interiors of predetermined contours and ends in mitered abutment. A corner key has legs inserted into the mitered ends of the frame rails. End portions of the legs substantially fill the hollow interiors of the frame rails forming a substantially closed cavity within the frame rails and between the end portions of the corner key legs. Solidified resin foam is disposed within this cavity rigidifying the corner joint, while the remainder of the interiors of the frame rails preferably is substantially free of solidified foam. At least one end portion of at least one leg of the corner key preferably has a flexible wall portion to permit escape of foam from within the cavity in the event of excess foam pressure. The hollow interiors of the frame rails preferably are mirror images of each other, and the legs of the corner key, including the end portions of the legs, preferably are mirror images of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Milgard Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Phil Sironko, Leslie Kirk Walters, John W. Carless, John J. Klein, Cliff Chiang, Michael Krushlin
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20090199486
    Abstract: A doorway with anti-bubbling sill drain includes spaced vertical side jambs, a head jamb, and a substantially hollow contain-and-drain sill, all of which form a frame. The sill has an outside nosing provided with weep holes and weep doors and a threshold portion that directly underlies a closed door mounted in the frame. A drain insert is mounted within an oblong hole in the threshold portion of the sill for allowing water collected on the threshold portion to drain into the sill and for allowing air within the sill to vent. The drain insert has a top cover, from the end portions of which a pair of drains depend. The tops of the drains are spaced from the underside of the top cover to form drain entrances. An open vent space is formed between the two drains and terminates at its upper extent in drain holes formed through the top cover. When installed, the drains extend down into the interior of the sill with the drain entrances being flush with the floor of the threshold portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Chad Wernlund, Jon Dekko, Duane Fier
  • Publication number: 20090038230
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a formed construction element for providing drainage from beneath an entry door threshold. The formed construction element comprises a rectangular base having left and right sidewalls, a back wall and a front edge to which a front flange attaches. The rectangular base is adapted for attachment to a subfloor and for receiving a threshold. Further, the rectangular base has an upper planar surface comprising a plurality of channels extending from the back wall to the front edge, and the channels are pitched to carry fluid by gravity flow from the back wall front edge of the rectangular base. The front flange comprises a plurality of vertically oriented ribs for creating a drainage volume between the front flange and an attached kickboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: James R. Sargent
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080110100
    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: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas J. Heppner
  • Patent number: 7062881
    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 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 6912813
    Abstract: A flashing structure for mounting onto a roof surface and used for receiving shingles. The flashing structure includes a first drainage channel extending longitudinally along the flashing structure. The flashing structure also includes a securing lip positioned over the first drainage channel and extending along the same, a gap being defined between the securing lip and the first drainage channel, the gap being shaped and sized for receiving the shingles. The flashing structure also includes a second drainage channel extending longitudinally along the flashing structure, the second drainage channel being fluidly connected to the first drainage channel. These features can be adapted to various flashings used in the metal roofing industry, including, but not limited to gable-end flashings, end-wall flashings, and valley flashings, as well as other related flashing structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Paul Grizenko
  • Patent number: 6789359
    Abstract: A sill assembly for doors and windows that provides a weep system for channeling water away from the sill assembly. The sill assembly includes an elongated frame member formed with a longitudinally extending upwardly open channel that defines a rear wall, a front wall and a floor that extends laterally and slopes downwardly from the rear wall to the front wall, and a sill that extends laterally from the front wall to a forward edge of the frame member. An end plug is securely mounted to one end of the elongated frame member and has a laterally extending drainage ramp disposed at a location flush with and immediately adjacent to the floor of the channel. The ramp leads to a drainage chamber which in turn has an opening closed by a hinged weep door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Merrill Millwork, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Bauman, Mark R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6789358
    Abstract: A threshold assembly includes a unitary compression molded plastic composite body formed to define an upwardly open threshold cap channel, jamb boots at its ends, and a support substrate outboard of the channel. An extruded aluminum sill plate is snapped into place on the plastic body and a vertically adjustable threshold cap is disposed in the upwardly open channel. Drain channels may be formed in the plastic body to direct water outwardly and away from the threshold assembly. The plastic body forms a stable foundation that will not rot, swell, or rack in the presence of moisture and fabrication of the assembly is greatly simplified as compared to traditional threshold assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce I. Procton, Joel S. Bennett
  • Patent number: 6763639
    Abstract: An entryway system includes an elongated threshold assembly and a pair of plastic jamb boots attached to the ends of the threshold assembly. The jamb boots have flat level upper faces and a pair of jambs having square-cut bottoms are secured to the jamb boots and extend upwardly from the threshold assembly. A head jamb completes a door frame. The jamb boots may be formed with integral drains that receive water from within the threshold cap channel of the threshold assembly and direct it away from the entryway. The plastic jamb boots prevent rotting and eliminate the need to mill the bottoms of jambs with haunches configured to fit the threshold assembly. Plastic mull post boots also are provided for supporting square-cut bottom mull posts in sidelight or double door entryways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel S. Bennett, Victor T. Massey
  • Patent number: 6665989
    Abstract: An improved corner pad for sealing the bottom corner of a closed door has a sloped upper surface that forms a reservoir between the closed door and the jamb. Rainwater that is blown up the weather strip by wind is collected in the reservoir until the wind subsides, whereupon the water simply drains out. As a result, leakage into a dwelling at the bottom corner of the entryway is managed and contained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Bennett
  • Patent number: 6662518
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for transitioning between a first floor covering and a second floor covering wherein the transition device includes an elongated core and a covering. The elongated core has a top, a bottom, opposing sides and opposing ends. The covering is attached to the elongated core and covers the top and opposing sides of the elongated core. The present invention also provides method for manufacturing the transition device. In addition, the present invention provides a system having an elongated core and a covering as described above. A first floor covering is attached to the floor and abuts one side of the transition device. Similarly, a second floor covering is attached to the floor and abuts the other side of the transition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Arbor Contract Carpet, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul H. Devereux
  • Patent number: 6637158
    Abstract: An entryway system includes an elongated threshold assembly and a pair of plastic jamb boots attached to the ends of the threshold assembly. The jamb boots have flat level upper surfaces and a pair of jambs having square-cut bottoms are secured to the jamb boots and extend upwardly from the threshold assembly. A head jamb completes a door frame. The jamb boots are formed with integral drains that receive water from within the threshold cap channel of the threshold assembly and direct it away from the entryway. The plastic jamb boots prevent rotting and eliminate the need to mill the bottoms of jambs with haunches configured to fit the threshold assembly. Stops are provided in one embodiment at the bottoms of the weather strip kurfs to position the bottom ends of weather strips above the sill of the threshold to prevent weather strip wicking and consequent leakage in wind-blown rains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Bennett
  • Publication number: 20030005644
    Abstract: An entryway door system comprising a frame and a door slab positioned to move from an open to a closed position on a hinge installed in the frame. At least the hinge side and bottom having weather-strip segments cooperating with a threshold member to provide a weather tight seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventors: Joseph Guy Reithmeyer, Brian John Babka, Todd William Bruchu
  • Patent number: 6401401
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved multi-component flashing system for controlling water and air that intrudes at windows, doors, louvers and other wall penetrations. It accomplishes this through the use of several known commercially available products which are applied to the areas to be protected in a unique manner thus saving time and providing a heretofore unknown measure of protection. The first product is an elastomeric adhesive sealant which readily bonds to most building materials as well as the components of this system. The second product is a clay coated polyethylene film which can be folded, cut and shaped to fit various opening conditions. A third, optional component, is a uniquely designed preformed flexible termination accessory which also readily bonds to the clay coated film material through the use of the elastomeric adhesive sealant. The clay coated film material is readily available in roll form and can readily be hand cut to the dimensions of the particular job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Mark F. Williams
  • Patent number: 6401402
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved flashing system and method for controlling water and air intrusion around windows, doors, louvers and other wall penetrations. More specifically, the invention utilizes commercially available products such as coated polyethylene sheet material and elastomeric rubber adhesive sealant in a unique manner. It has been found that this polyethylene coated material can be creased and folded to form a flashing component and serve to control water and air intrusion. Prior to this invention, a separate pre-molded termination accessory was required to effectively seal corner areas around window and door rough openings. Additionally, the invention provides for full perimeter flashing and supplemental sealing at selected joint locations prior to installation of a closure member in the opening to prevent water and air intrusion around windows, doors and other building openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Mark F. Williams
  • Patent number: 6385925
    Abstract: Window drain comprises, in general, a base having a horizontally extending lower surface and a sloping downwardly and outwardly upper surface. To the base are connected: a front flange, an upstanding rear rib, an end flange at each end, window supports and spacers attached on the front flange. In one embodiment, the window drain is made for a window of a specific width. In another embodiment, the window drain, is versatile so it can be used for windows of different widths. In a third embodiment, the window drain can be made, in situ, for different window widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Scott Arthur Wark
  • Patent number: 6371188
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to door frame assemblies and door sill assemblies. One aspect relates to a door sill assembly having an open fluid receiving trough in its sub-sill. Another aspect relates to a door sill assembly having a tread structure that includes a lip for supporting a rectilinearly movable door panel with a groove adjacent the lip for guiding fluid on the tread structure to opposing ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventors: Eric Baczuk, Daniel A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6308475
    Abstract: A sill for supporting a wall panel such as window panels for a modular solarium comprises a forward or outer sill, an intermediate rail, an inner channel, and an inner flange. The intermediate rail extends laterally inward from the outer sill. The rail includes a ramp and a raised surface. The ramp defines an outermost portion of the rail and extends upwardly from the outer sill to the raised surface. The rail terminates at the channel. The channel extends laterally between the rail and the flange. The bottom of a wall panel fits over the rail and has an inner leg which extends into the channel. Fasteners secure the inner leg on the wall panel to the inner flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Modern Builders Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Crish, II, Jack Marstellar, Mark Back
  • Patent number: 6219979
    Abstract: A threshold assembly comprising a sill and a pair of lateral brackets which are upwardly extending and oppositely facing. Each lateral bracket is attached at the lower, outside part of each jamb of a door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Helmut Lohr