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.

What Kind Of Fasteners Come With My Sliding Door Hardware?

bi-134-w-d1 For most of the sliding door hardware, you’re going to get two packages.

The track comes in a long tube that generally just has the track in it.

Then you’ll get a second box that has the sliding door hardware.

It will have the rollers and the brackets and all that sliding door hardware in there.

For the stainless steel sliding door hardware, for the MWE sliding door hardware or the tubular track, that will come with the track length that is double the width of your door.

You’ll get the spacers that project your track off the wall.

You’ll get lag bolts that you use to attach your track to your wall.

You’ll get one pair of rollers per panel that you have. Continue reading

Which Type Of Sliding Door Hardware Is Cheaper?

stainless_steelBox track typically.

It’s usually less money, even though it holds more weight.

Flat track or any of the exposed ones are designed to be exposed.

They’re designed to be seen.

It’s more of a showcase thing, so it’s more expensive.

Large Acoustical Sliding Doors

Large acoustical sliding doors are sometime called “Stage Doors” or “Elephant Doors”.

These are used when a swinging hinged door is not practical because of its size, but the sound needs to be controlled.

We have sold these systems all over the world and continue to do regular quoting.

It has become apparent that there are limited sources for these systems.

the vast majority are electrically operated due to their size.

The most common sizes run around 18′ x 20′ or higher.

Our Sound Transmission Class (STC) is around 53, which is excellent performance on this job.

Being located in Southern California, the movie capitol of the world, we were a natural to supply the studios with what the industry calls “Elephant Doors”.

To date, we have supplied acoustical sliding doors to all the major studios, including Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, Culver Studios, and Manhattan Studios.

One of the reasons for our world wide success with acoustical sliding doors is how the operator and door panels are engineered to work as an integrated system.

The electric operator drives a roller chain that is concealed in the track, so no visible chain or cable is exposed.

Our panels are shipped in 4 to 5 foot widths so they are easier to handle and install at the site.

Each panel has it’s own trolley and when they are all hung they are bolted together to operate as a single element.

The larger the sliding door, the better for us.

30′ to 40′ high is not out of our scope of work.

We also provide constant pressure key switches, relays, safety edges, or any other control required.

The sounds test we have preformed at the job site have exceeded our expectations and in some cases, tested higher than in the lab.

Years ago, sound stages used doors made up of 8″ of concrete and 4″ of instaquilt.

These were extremely heavy and if a problem occurred, even a forklift would not move the door.

Our style test better acoustically than concrete doors did and if there is a power failure, then can be manually operated with little effort.

We often supply acoustical swinging doors with frames, hinges, and gaskets to complete a sound door requirement for our customers.

The sound rating we achieve is 53 STC with a 1 3/4″ door panel and frame.

We have also provided curved or radius hardware in both manual and electrical operation.

We have come to be known as the company that can do anything that slides.

Can I Use Glass For A Sliding Door?

Yes. There are a lot of options and some limitations to be aware of.

Standard Flat Track On Glass Panels
Standard Flat Track On Glass Panels

Most of the sliding door hardware requires some type of bolt, which requires holes in the glass.

We’ll supply a bolt that you can give to your grazier, so that they can put the holes in the right place.

The hangers have to accept glass, which is usually thinner.

If you are going to use flat track, we don’t have the right fasteners for that.

You’ll have to get them on your own. You can get them from Lowes or Home Depot, or pretty much any sliding door hardware store.

You just need a shorter carriage bolt and you’ll have to put some sort of grommet inside the hole.

That way the metal bolt isn’t touching the glass where it goes through the door, because that will eventually chip it. Continue reading

Is Installing A Sliding Door As Easy To Install As A Swing Door?

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It’s easier to install a sliding door than a swing door.

There’s a lot more on a swinging door that could go wrong than on a sliding door.

With a swing door, the door has to fit right in the opening.

You have to worry about hinge placement, whether you’ve got mortised or surface mounted hinges and you could vary the width of your door.

You have to worry about strike plates and your latches.

You have to worry about the door hitting the stop.

Then it has to fit squarely into the opening.

A lot of time you’ll have a wall or an opening that isn’t perfectly square. Continue reading

How Much Does Sliding Door Hardware Cost? How Can I Get It Cheaper?

broken You get what you pay for.

It costs anywhere from 100 dollars to 3500 dollars depending on what style of sliding door hardware, the length of the track and how many panels you need.

The owner of our company has gone around and found the highest quality sliding door hardware that he could find.

The standard flat track, the exposed track, is the least expensive.

We do have some sale sliding door hardware on German sliding door hardware that comes in kits. Continue reading

Can I Get The Same Products Cheaper Somewhere Else?

No. We guarantee the lowest price.

If you find a competitor with a lower price and you come back to us, we will beat their price.

We are the largest distributor in the United States of MWE sliding door hardware.

We have the best cost from the manufacturer and we pass that on.

Because we buy so much from them, we get a really good deal on the sliding door hardware.

We are the biggest sales distributor for their sliding door hardware, so we sell a higher quantity, they gives us a better rate, and we pass that on to you.

You can get similar products with less quality cheaper somewhere else, but we don’t sell poor quality products.

What Kind Of A Seal Does A Sliding Door Have Against The Wall?

Typically, they don’t have any seal.

They just slide on the face.

If you want to make it air tight, you’ll have to add something to the door or to the wall so that when it’s shut, it seals.

Basically what we normally recommend is just a door sweep, something that goes along the bottom of a swing door and seals between the floor and the bottom of the door. Continue reading