Why Don't Pivot Doors Seal ?

The reason why pivot doors don’t seal is that regular door type components are used. There are not enough pivot doors in the market to justify the engineering and manufacturing of unique pivot door seals. Consequently, regular door seals are used to seal pivot doors. This doesn’t work. Modern Steel Doors has addressed each facet of this conundrum. The result is a pivot door seal system that performs better than most regular doors.


There are four sides of a pivot door that require sealing. Each of the four sides has unique conditions that Modern Steel Doors has addressed specifically. 

  1. The threshold is the most important barrier. (See Below) Each Modern Steel Doors’ threshold is tailored to the home’s floor covering with an engineered slope that will evacuate water effectively. The engineered threshold is welded with the door jamb. Welding eliminates the inherent joints present in all doors that have installed a separate threshold. The two benefits are that joints will not leak nor separate over time. Joint separation is a major cause of sagging pivot doors. The threshold has the same powder-coated finish as the door. Modern Steel Doors has created a threshold system that is not available anywhere else.
  2. Dual neoprene sweeps are pre-installed at the top and bottom of the pivot door. This method is aesthetically pleasing and creates less operating resistance. Pivot door weather stripping has the propensity to create too much resistance or not enough seal. Our dual neoprene sweep system is a good balance of seal and resistance.
  3. The vertical door to jamb seals have been engineered. Most doors are sealed with q-lon gaskets. Q-lon gaskets are vinyl-coated foam gaskets and are the industry standard. Heat and UV light tends to break down the vinyl coating 1st and then the foam filling. Q-lon however is inexpensive and readily available at nearly any hardware store. Modern Steel Doors has engineered a gasket to do two things. 1. Seal for a very long time in any climate. 2. Slow down heavy doors right before they close quietly. We turned to the automotive industry to accomplish this because there was nothing available. EPDM, an automotive gasket rubber compound was used to create a custom pivot door gasket that seals and quiets each of our pivot doors. 

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