Sliding Door Hardware

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Installing sliding door hardware and sliding doors--sometimes called pocket doors--is generally easier than installing a traditional hinged swinging door. Sliding doors are perhaps most frequently used for patio entrances. Natural light and traffic flow considerations contributed to this development. Sliding doors are also often seen between two rooms--usually the dining and living rooms--in older "railroad" car floor plans. They arose as a way to maximize space in a room, when swinging doors might take up too much space.

Types of Sliding Door Hardware

The track mechanism, along which lateral door movement travels, is the first and most important piece of sliding door hardware. It is almost without exception made of aluminum. The primary mechanism is fastened to the top of the door frame. There may be no bottom component, or a threshold, or a threshold track.

The profile of the track varies depending on a number of factors. Among these are the weight of the door itself, the width of the door, the expected use and the span of travel. Sliding doors are typically either three-quarters of an inch or one and three-eighths of an inch. Tracks with timber headers allow sliding doors to be installed at the same height as traditional hinged doors.

Other sliding door hardware includes the lock, the pulls and possibly door handles. These are all available in a variety of finishes. Among such finishes are rubbed bronze, oiled wood, brushed steel, gloss brass and satin chrome. You can without doubt find sliding door fixtures to blend harmoniously with your overall room decor.

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