Shimstack shims have become more and more common in today’s times for leveling and making minor adjustments. They are a highly affordable and adjustable solution, common in both residential and commercial spaces. Traditionally, shims are used for placing and positioning building elements more securely. Today, they are used also for leveling doors, windows, curtainwalls, storefronts, glass units, and more.

What Are Shimstack Shims and Why Are They Important?

A shim is a narrow piece of plastic used for adjusting and setting building materials in a more leveled way. They are most commonly for installing door and window units. Using a shim makes your door or window:

  • Better Leveled
  • Strongly Plumbed
  • Sturdier
  • More Secure

How To Use Shimstack Shims?

Shimstack shims are used with a variety of hardware products for leveling and adjustment purposes. The top uses of shimstack shims include:

  1. Leveling and plumbing windows
  2. Plumbing pre-hung doors safely
  3. Leveling floorboards
  4. Settling exterior decking boards
  5. Controlling squeaking noises in interior flooring units

Why Are Plastic Shimstack Shims Better Than Wood Shimstack Shims?

Our range of architect-approved plastic shimstack shims is commonly preferred over traditional wooden shims. Plastic shims can be made much thinner and finer with sizes like the CRL’s 1/16” x 2” blue plastic shim, 1/4" x 2” black plastic shim, 1/8” x 3-1/2" red plastic shim, and 1/16” x 3-1/2" blue plastic shim. On the other hand, wooden shims usually aren’t as fine as plastic ones.

Next, plastic shims possess higher water resistance than wooden ones. Wooden shims can easily get damaged and disintegrated when exposed to water. Plastic shims are more durable, even in contact with water, because they are made of high-grade composite plastic.

Lastly, if you want to adjust the length of a plastic shim, you can simply snap it off at your desired length. In the case of wooden shims, you’ll have to go through the extra effort of sawing it off.

The Best Shimstack Shims for You

To give you effective, efficient, and affordable leveling options, here are two of our top shim categories, available in a variety of sizes and colors:

  1. CRL Plastic Horseshoe Shims

CRL’s Plastic Horseshoe Shims are designed to meet your leveling needs as simply as possible. They are all approved by architects for windows, doors, curtainwalls, storefronts, and insulating glass units. Options include 3 sizes, 3 colors, and 3 thicknesses.

  1. CRL Jumbo Plastic Horseshoe Shims

CRL’s Jumbo Plastic Horseshoe Shims are best suited for curtain wall constructions and leveling of large hardware. Each Jumbo Plastic Horseshoe Shim is carefully molded into a jumbo size of 3” x 4” with 3 available colors and thicknesses. These shims are easy to use because they are made for precise horizontal and vertical balance.

DK Hardware is here to meet all your leveling requirements with our easy-to-use, sturdy shimstack shims. Click any links in this blog to be redirected to our wide selection of shims. For any specific questions, feel free to reach out to us!

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