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Spotlight on Carpet Door Plates for Floor Coverings

“If you can get some carpet door plates by Friday, I’ll fit them and we’ll be done”.  A common request from many a local builder or carpenter when finishing off a new home extension or renovation project. Sounds simple but when you search online for carpet door bars and the like the choice is extensive and the terminology varied.

Inevitably therefore, the world of carpet door plates, door thresholds, carpet door bars and door threshold can all become a bit confusing. So what does your builder mean when he asks you to buy some to finish off the raw edges of your floor coverings across the doorway?

What makes a quality carpet door plate?

  • It covers the gap where one floor covering transitions to another in a doorway or across a room. Either one or both of the floorcoverings to be joined will be a carpet.
  • Protects the raw edges and covers them up, preventing them from damage e.g. frayed edge of joined carpet, chipped tiles, split engineered wood and the like.
  • It should be manufactured from a substantial, robust metal such as solid brass to withstand long-term use without denting or buckling.
  • It fixes to the subfloor and holds in place by screws rather than adhesive. Whilst the carpet door plate fixes over the edges of the two floorcoverings, there are no spiked base plates underneath to hold the carpet in place. Therefore, always use in conjunction with gripper.

Our recommendations:

1. Premier Cover joins all types of flooring including carpets.

Premier Cover plate 38mm polished nickel with matching screws shown connecting a brown floorcovering to wooden floor
Visible screws strike a modern chord for these carpet door bars
  • Fixing: comes with screws to attach into subfloor; these are visible and an integral part of the design
  • Profile: gently convex
  • Metal: manufactured in solid brass
  • Finishes (metal colours): polished brass, antique brass, satin brass and antique bronze plus special options of pewter, black, satin nickel, polished nickel, chrome and brushed chrome
  • Lengths: offered in four lengths (900mm, 1000mm, 1800mm, 2700mm) which should be cut down to size with a sharp hacksaw
  • Fitting: position directly over the join which should be lined up under the door when closed. Cut to measure and screw into subfloor
  • Widths: a useful choice of 30mm, 38mm and 55mm wide
  • Special feature: the Premier Cover joins level floorcoverings and those at a slight height difference from each other e.g. carpet to tile, wood to vinyl, carpet to wood and so on.
  • Suitability: for all types of flooring

2. The Premier Posh with invisible fixing screws

Posh door threshold in antique brass transitioning from tufted carpet to ceramic bathroom floor
Fixing screws remain hidden thanks to the Posh’s matching insert strip
  • Fixing: screws supplied to screw into subfloor; once fitted, cover up with supplied self-adhesive insert strip which matches the metal finish of the door bar.
  • Metal: manufactured in solid brass with inset strip
  • Finishes (metal colours): polished brass, antique brass, satin brass and antique bronze plus special options of pewter, black, satin nickel, polished nickel, chrome and brushed chrome
  • Lengths: offered in four lengths (900mm, 1000mm, 1800mm, 2700mm) which should be cut down to size with a sharp hacksaw
  • Fitting: position and screw in place over the two raw edges of the floorcoverings to be joined.  When the door is closed, it should line up over the carpet door plate with just a gap of a few millimetres
  • Widths: 30mm, 38mm or 55mm to cater for narrow and wider gaps and to cater for different styles of door frames
  • Special feature: the Premier Posh is ideal for both floorcoverings which are flat and those where one is slightly raised above the other; the larger the height difference, the wider the Posh you should choose.
  • Suitability: for all floor coverings including luxury vinyl, laminate, engineered woods, carpet, stone.

3. The SSEP Cover Plate for industrial décor appeal

Extra wide SSEP cover plate Bright Stainless Steel on black background
The extra wide SSEP door plates have a certain industrial look and finish
  • Fixing: use 8mm screws
  • Metal: thick gauge aluminium
  • Finishes: bright stainless steel look or brushed stainless steel look
  • Length: 2000mm (approx. 78”)
  • Fitting: cut to length with a sharp hack-saw, position over the two floor covering edges to be joined and attach to sub floor via the off-centred drilled holes
  • Widths: available in super wide 75mm and 100mm options
  • Special features: super-wide for large gaps
  • Suitability: ideal for joining any type of floorcoverings providing they are level with each other and the SSEP therefore lies flat

Meanwhile, if you are joining hard flooring coverings together, such as ceramic tiles, wood, laminate and stone, there is a wide selection of T Bars, Euro Cover Strips, Ramps and the like from which to choose.

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