When it comes to specifying and choosing sliding door hardware, there are a lot of things to consider. From the weight and size of the door to the track system and warranty, there are many factors that can impact your decision.
In this article, we’ll explore 10 factors to keep in mind when selecting sliding door hardware. By taking all of these considerations into account, you can be sure to choose the right hardware for your client’s needs.
So whether you’re looking for a new barn door in a residential home or need to replace the partitions in an office project, read on for everything you need to know about choosing the perfect sliding door hardware.
1. Flow of Traffic
Different types of opening systems are available for sliding door hardware. The type of system chosen should be based on the weight and size of the door, as well as the intended use of the door.
Sliding door hardware comes in many different forms, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. The type of opening system (e.g. bi-parting, pocket, corner, etc) that is used will affect how the door opens and closes, as well as how easy it is to use for the everyday occupant.
Sliding door hardware systems come in many different shapes and sizes, so ask yourself, do you need wide openings, multiple exits, a swing or a slide? The flow of the space will be an important factor when it comes to selecting the right system.
2. Size of Door
The hardware must be able to accommodate the size of the door, or else the entire design and function will be off.
In addition, the size of the door affects how easy it is to open and close the door. A larger door will need more surface area to open, while a smaller space could benefit from a pocket door hardware system.
Therefore, by taking into account the size of the door, one can choose appropriate sliding door hardware that will both support the weight of the door and allow for easy opening and closing.
3. Material of Door
Every material has different properties that can affect how the hardware works.
For example, a door made of a softer material like wood may not work well with hardware designed for a harder material like metal. In addition, the thickness of the door can also affect the type of hardware that is needed. Glass hardware systems are built to support glass doors, and so on.
Thus, it is important to consider the material of the door when choosing sliding door hardware, as different materials will require different types of hardware.
4. Weight of Door
The hardware must be strong enough to support the weight of the door, or else the door will not open and close properly.
For example, our ROLLGLASS+ system can support doors up to 550 lbs, but that may be overkill for smaller systems.
Therefore, by taking into account the weight of the door, one can choose appropriate sliding door hardware that will both support the weight of the door and allow for easy opening and closing.
5. Style of Door
The hardware must match the style of the door, or else it will be very noticeable and possibly even detract from the overall look of the door.
We make sure to have customizations for all types of builds. At KLEIN, you can find systems made from natural oak wood all the way to easily-recyclable aluminum frames in matte colors.
The color of the hardware should complement the color of the door, or else the overall aesthetic of the space will be diminished. In addition, different colors can have different meanings and connotations.
For example, a black door might convey a sense of sophistication, while a white door might convey a sense of purity.
Thus, by taking into account the color of the door, one can choose appropriate sliding door hardware that will both support the weight of the door and allow for easy opening and closing while also complementing the overall aesthetic of the space. Many of our aluminum sliding door systems come in bronze, black, and silver color options.
7. The Track System’s Capabilities
Components of the track system is what allows the door to move smoothly and quietly along the track, without binding or catching. There are many different types of track systems available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Many track systems can be upgraded with soft-closing brakes and controlled glides, while others can pair with a “swinging” mechanism. When it comes to sourcing your sliding door hardware, it is important to ask which features are most important to your project’s needs?
8. The Hardware Warranty
The hardware should be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty against defects in material and workmanship.
Sliding door hardware is subject to wear and tear, so it is important to select a product that comes with a comprehensive warranty in case issues start to occur. Good warranties will ensure that if anything goes wrong with the hardware, it can be replaced or repaired without incurring additional costs.
At KLEIN, all of our sliding door systems are backed by a 5-year warranty.
9. The Installation Process
The installation process for sliding door hardware is important because it needs to be done correctly in order for the door to work properly.
Incorrectly installed hardware can cause the door to be unbalanced, which can lead to difficulty opening and closing the door, as well as potentially dangerous situations.
Thus, it is crucial that anyone who is installing sliding door hardware reads the instructions carefully and follows them step-by-step. One of the most common compliments we get at KLEIN is how simple it is to install our systems.
10. The Price of the System
There are many different types of systems available, and each one will have a different price tag.
Some sliding door hardware systems can be quite expensive, while others are more affordable. It is important to select a system that fits within your budget in order to avoid overspending.
In addition, it is also crucial to keep in mind that the cheaper option is not always the best option. Sometimes, it is worth spending a bit more money on a high-quality system that will last longer and perform better than a cheap system that will need to be replaced sooner.
Questions? We’ve got answers!
Sliding door hardware is a great way to add a touch of style and sophistication to any home or office. But with so many options on the market, it can be tough to know where to start.
To help you choose the perfect sliding door hardware for your needs, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide, but beyond that – our customer support team is here to help!
If you have any questions about choosing or installing sliding door hardware, reach out to a KLEIN product rep today. We’re always happy to help!
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