By Gene and Katie Hamilton
To add a touch of class and finish off a new flooring installation, use a door threshold made of marble instead of the traditional metal or wood strip. A marble threshold bridges the gap between unlike flooring material and provides a handsome transition from one material to another. The long-lasting quality of marble makes it an excellent choice to create safe footing in any passageway, particularly where ceramic, stone or marble tiles are used.
Marble thresholds are sold at most home and flooring centers in stock sizes. Go online for a wider selection of sizes and shades. For instance, at www.marblethresholds.com we found them from 4 to 6 inches wide and from 24 to 36 inches in length, with single and double bevels. Others are available with a deeper bevel on one or both sides, and they come in a range of colors. When choosing a color for a marble threshold, find a shade that blends with one or preferably both of the floor surfaces. You don’t want to call attention to the threshold, it should blend in with the flooring.
A floor installer or carpenter will charge $81 to install a 4-inch wide,the 36-inch long marble door threshold, which includes the labor and material. If you have some carpentry experience and tools, you can buy the threshold, thin-set mastic and caulk for $32 and install it, and save 60 percent. You’ll need a trowel, straightedge and utility knife.
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If the threshold doesn’t fit the opening, you’ll need a tile cutter, which you can rent, to custom cut the threshold so it does.
The average price install a marble threshold noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.