Daniella Barn Door May 16th, 2018 - 09:29:05
Barn door hardware is the best choice for your custom made doors. Why take away from the beauty and craftsmanship of a specialty project by putting it on hinges? Or worse yet why chose to make it a pocket door that wont even been seen for the majority of its life. Make your custom doors extra special with sliding hardware. This hardware style also known as flat track hardware is very popular among homeowners right now who are looking to spruce up their homes. Its rustic and simplistic nature is the perfect compliment to any room. Whether you have custom wood glass or any other type of doors barn door hardware adds just the right touch.
Its sometimes referred to as "flat track hardware" because the track itself is made of solid steel flat bar. This gave the track strength and rigidity. Now instead of a vertical hinge system large doors had a horizontal track system that supported them. The horizontal design allowed for the weight of the door to be spread out more evenly across the entire system giving it more strength. It also allowed for the large doors to slide back and forth into position instead of having to swing out. More strength more space more overall ease of operation- that was why this style of hardware was developed and used. And that is where the name "barn door hardware" comes from.
The classic 5" barn door hinges offer basic effective use for interior doors. These are a no frills no thrills kind if hinge for general use. A step up from the basic 5" hinge is the colonial 6" hinge. These are more ornamental in nature and feature a more decorative look. They are also more heavy duty and feature a more robust hinge pin. For half doors a large drop latch can be very effective. These allow you to keep your door closed thus preventing animals from escaping yet they can be easily opened by anyone.
Additionally the vertical arrangement of the hinges causes an unequal amount of stress to be placed on the different hinges. This can over time cause the hinges to warp bend and even break if not properly treated. Also when a door is on hinges it must swing out over a large area to move into the open position. This can sometimes be inconvenient and tedious especially if youre trying to conserve on space. Flat track sliding door systems were developed as a solution to some of the problems larger barn doors were having. The door is affixed with two track hangers at opposite ends that hang on and roll along a large piece of track above the doorway.