Thursday, November 13, 2014

Flat Track Barn Door Hardware: Your Barn Door Is Open

Cast Iron Barn Door Roller Strap


In a former job, I once witnessed an industry expert make a lengthy presentation on the importance of quality.  All the while his barn door was open.  It was not one of his finer moments and certainly was not an effective technique for promoting Six Sigma quality.  The phrase "your barn door is open" can create great angst when it refers to your pants zipper.  In the literal sense, however, the phrase "your barn door is open" can instill great pride.  Today, we review quality crafted iron flat track hardware for sliding barn doors that will make you exclaim, "Hurray, my barn door is open".

Sliding barn doors are a type of track door.  Rather than swing on door hinges, track doors slide side to side.  Hinged swinging doors can create space and configuration issues that are eliminated by a sliding track door.  Like pocket track doors, rolling track barn doors hang on carriers that roll on an overhead track.  Pocket doors slide in and out of a pocket in the wall.  When a pocket door is open, the door and its hardware are hidden in the pocket between the walls.  Conversely, when a sliding barn door is open, the door and its hardware is exposed.  In this case, exposure caused by an open barn door is appreciated.  The flat track and rolling carrier hardware add a rustic charm that appeals to homeowners and interior designers.  Unlike a pocket door, installing a rolling track barn door doesn't require ripping out a wall to create a pocket.  The exposed track is mounted to the wall with lag screws instead.

In addition to the barn door, there is some specialized hardware required to make barn doors slide.  Obviously, there is a track.  The track is mounted to the wall with "stand-offs" which also serve as spacers allowing the door to slide on the track without rubbing against the wall.  Wheel and carrier assemblies (or "roller straps") attach to the top of the door.  The roller straps have a wheel that rides on the overhead track permitting the door to roll side to side.  Stabilizers can be used on the bottom of the barn door to prevent swing.  Anti-jump blocks are used to prevent the door from jumping the track and end stops are used to prevent the door from rolling off the end of the track.

Shop 4 Classics offers complete rolling barn door flat track hardware kits that include all of the hardware required for a single door installation.  The rolling barn door flat track hardware kits include track, standoffs, wheel and carrier assemblies, stabilizers, end stops, and anti-jump blocks.  Each kit is available in various track lengths.  Track splicers can be purchased to join tracks end to end for a longer track or multiple doors.  Shop 4 Classics offers sliding barn door hardware kits in a smooth iron finish or distressed iron finish.  Color choices include traditional black or dark bronze.  Basic style kits have square end roller straps while the Designer style kits have rounded end roller straps.  All components are also available separately; although the complete kits are more economical and ensure that you have all of the correct parts to complete your project.

Visit Shop 4 Classics' Sliding Barn Door Hardware department for a complete selection of barn door flat track hardware.  Our quality crafted iron flat track hardware for sliding barn doors creates a memorable impression whether your barn door is open or closed.

Cast Iron Rolling Track Barn Door Hardware