We often receive emails from interested parties asking us why we don’t show our prices online.
A very good question. the answer is simple. We are not a “shopping cart” outfit. We have a team of experienced door and hardware professionals that are here to walk you through every step so you get it right the first time.
A good portion of our business is from customers that ordered online shopping cart style. On several occasions what was ordered has to be returned or trashed because it was the wrong product for the job.
We find that even door companies are not that familiar with sliding door hardware and they insist on talking to an expert before placing an order.
The easy way out for any company is to build a shopping cart site and process the orders without helping the customer.
If the customer makes a mistake, they are on their own; they eat it.
We want to walk you through, step-by-step, so every detail is covered.
Our team of professionals cover the phones from 7 AM to 7 PM Pacific. This is a costly expense vs a shopping cart. However, we still Guarantee The Lowest Price.
Our best advice is: Don’t take a chance on getting it wrong.
We continue to get calls from upset customers who are confused about who they are buying from. A company called Rustica Hardware copied our “barndoorhardware.com” website by adding an “s” to door. This is a cheap and unimaginative attempt to capture a market we helped to create. We are finding the vast majority of people believe this is unfair and misleading to the consumer and refuse to deal with Rustica.
With square footage at a premium most everybody is looking for ways to make a room larger. Most hotels have these curved shower curtain rods designed to add a few inches to your space in the shower. The hotel bathroom door swings into the bathroom just missing the toilet and shower curtain by an inch.
So how can you grow a room without increasing its size? Use a sliding door instead of a swing door. Some folks still call them barn doors.
When you think about it one standard 36” wide door takes up about 16 square feet just for clearance to swing it. So if you use the hotel example instead of saving inches, you’ve just saved several feet.
If you do that to enough swing doors you’ve just added a new room for the modest price of some barn door hardware. Sliding door hardware is cooler than ever and some folks even call it, “Jewelry for my doors.” I liked the idea so much I started Specialty Doors.
Back in the 50’s and 60’s Pella Corp. of Pella Iowa was manufacturing accordion doors of the highest quality. They used real wood faces, concealed hinges and heavy-duty hardware.
They also accomplished one very important feature: They saved the room or square footage used by a swinging door. A 3’ wide swing door takes up to 16 sq.ft.
Pella stopped producing this product many years ago because it was too expensive to make and the margins didn’t match the market place.
Today, retro is in and bigger than ever. Two great companies are now manufacturing accordion doors; Woodfold in the northwest and Panelfold in the southeast. These companies make custom sized folding doors that are extremely functional. Not only do they save floor space, but they also reduce heating and energy cost by a huge amount. In today’s economy we have seen folks taking on roommates by using accordion doors as room dividers.
The very latest is called the “Nuvo Designer Series” by Panelfold. This modern accordion series includes translucent, full lites or transparent lites with white “frosted” squares. One of the coolest features of the Nuvo Series is that it can allow light in while still providing visual privacy. Great for bathrooms!
So it’s true, old ideas resurface in time and become new again.