If you are trying to get your interior design on track with just the right unique touch for that space, consider interior barn door track, stocked locally at A.D. Moyer Lumber. Interior sliding barn doors have quickly grown in popularity in the interior design world thanks, in large part, to popular home-improvement television shows and Pinterest.
Their initial popularity was due to the fact that they added a rustic spark that little else can. However, creative designers quickly expanded from rustic to modern and eclectic, covering nearly every design taste. Track manufacturers quickly followed suit and demand by offering modern hardware in stainless steel and a myriad of complimentary hinge styles with multiple additional hardware options. Now it seems that one is only limited by one’s imagination.
According to sales staff at A.D. Moyer, many area builders and developers are incorporating sliding barn doors into their new home construction as well as remodeling projects. Since the track and doors are sold separately, hundreds of options are available to fit the décor and taste of the homeowner or business.
Some of the most popular applications are in place of traditional double French doors between rooms, offices, pantries, closets, and large room dividers. Sliding barn doors have also increased in popularity where pocket doors would commonly be installed. Pocket doors require planning ahead and special framing methods and hollow studs to hide the door inside of the wall. Sliding barn doors require the same amount of operating space and same length of track, but install on the surface of the wall rather than inside of the wall.
Sliding barn doors are not just functional, but quickly have become functional wall art, adding to the appeal of the room. Many people make custom door panels to hang on the track, especially if rustic is the look they desire. However, more common in area homes are the Craftsman style door panels which can allow light through the top panes while still providing privacy on the lower portion of the panel. Full-light French doors, stained and etched glass doors, and numerous other decorative door panels are also common.
One thing to be aware of when considering installing sliding barn doors is that they do not seal tightly. They hang off of a track approximately 1” – 2” from the surface of the wall at all times. This will leave gaps where light, air and sound can pass through when the door is in the closed position. Another thing to carefully consider is the quality of the hardware you install. The weight of the door and the amount of use both factor into the track and roller longevity.
Quality hardware like that from Goldberg Brothers is precision manufactured from heavy-gauge material including stainless steel ball bearings and will hold extremely heavy doors, while operating smoothly with just the touch of a finger. Lesser quality 'knock-off' brands are made of lighter-gauge materials and use nylon ball bearings which do not roll smoothly and will flatten on one side over time, causing 'bumps' when operating the door panel.
For more information and inspiration on installing sliding barn doors in your home or business, stop by your local A.D. Moyer, located in Pottstown, Gilbertsville, and Bethlehem. On the web at admoyer.com.