Why Use A Sliding Door? Do Sliding Doors Save Space?

Typically, on a 3 foot door, you save about 15 square feet in your home.

It does save a lot of space by not swinging into the room.

When you figure out the radius and the square footage, it’s about 15 square feet.

A lot of times you don’t have that space.

If you’re in a hallway or something, it’s tight.

If it’s a bathroom off a hallway and you don’t have a lot of space inside, you don’t want that door swinging in towards the toilet or making it difficult.

Sliding doors help with people who are handicapped and in a wheelchair.

It’s a lot easier to slide a door than it is to swing a door toward you or away from you.

A lot of hospitals are going to sliding doors.

One, to save space, but two, they are a lot easier to open from a wheelchair.

They look better.

Some people have called our hardware “jewelry for my door”.

Now that flat screen TVs are everywhere, many people are using our hardware to slide an object, (art, tapestry, or a door) in front of the television.

Why Buy From Specialty Doors?

This kind of product isn’t something that you just order and have shipped to you.

It’s usually custom made. You want to make sure that you get the right sliding door hardware for your application.

You want somebody who’s going to be there and that you can ask questions of.

You want someone whose going to get you the right product for your application and we do that.

We’re friendly.

We’re going to give you all the right information, get the right information from you to get you what you need, so you won’t have problems.

If you don’t get professional advice, you might have issues with the product you receive.

What is the difference between box track and flat track?

c994hanger1Box track is a U shape and the rollers roll inside of the track.

It’s like pocket door sliding door hardware or closet door sliding door hardware.

Flat track sliding door hardware is where the roller sits on top of the track.

The track is literally just a quarter inch thick piece of flat bar that the roller rolls back and forth on top of. It’a made to be seen and exposed. Continue reading

What Do I Need To Mount The Door In The Ceiling Or Wall?

Technically it depends on the weight of the door.

For most interior applications, the door is going to be less than 200 pounds or so.

Usually you can put a 1 by or a 2 by up along the face of the wall, behind the track, on the room side of the wall, in between the wall and the track, where you mount it and that will support it.

If you don’t mind cutting a hole in your drywall, or pulling your drywall out, you can go up and install blocking in between the studs of your wall. Continue reading

What Can Box Track Be Used For?

Image_147Box track can be used for bi passing, bi parting, folding.

Pretty much any type of application, you can use Box track with it.

It’s not exposed. You see the box, but you don’t see the roller on the track.

It’s very versatile.

We have box track that will handle huge amounts of weight, 5000 pounds.

It’s more of a commercial product I would say. High cycling. Automation as well.

If you wanted to automate the door, you would probably want to go with box track.

Can I Use Flat Track For Bi Passing Doors?

We really discourage it.

scan0001-1It’s possible, but the results are usually not satisfactory.

It’s not as safe as box track and flat track doesn’t really work right for bi-passing doors.

It’s difficult to hang on the wall.

It’s not made or designed to do bipassing, so you have to turn one set of rollers backwards.

It doesn’t look right.

If you ask us for bipassing, we’ll tell you to use box track. Continue reading

What Can Flat Track Be Used For?

3063 Large Flat Strap HangerFlat track is all about the design. It’s all about the look.

Usually it’s for smaller doors.

It’s a design thing more than a function thing.

It just looks nicer.

You want to do a sliding door, but you don’t want to hide it.

You don’t want box track.

You want some kind of design feature or art.

It’s a more visual thing. It’s more show than go.