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Sliding Doors Are:

  • Fairly easy to install
  • Come in a vast array of door types, sizes, materials and weights
  • Heavy, but they pass ADA requirements of 5lbf (22.2N)
  • Much easier for people who are mobility-impaired to slide a door open rather than push or pull

Sliding Door Materials Include:

  • Glass
  • Hollow metal
  • Aluminum
  • Wood (solid core, hollow core, MDF, stile and rail)
  • The track, trolleys, and stops are commonly the same for doors of general weight.
  • Normally only the suspension brackets (the parts that attach the trolley to the door) and door bottom guides change with the door material

Sliding Door Soft Closing Mechanisms:

  • Decelerate the sliding doors motion
  • Prevents from slamming
  • Available for either or both directions of door travel
  • Mechanism is contained within the track
  • Has some effect on the minimum door width requirements

Sliding Door Locking Devices:

  • Jamb locks with hook bolts
  • Locking door pull – bolt that is projected into the floor
  • Deadbolt in the bottom rail – locks into a dust-proof strike in the floor
  • Bolt that is projected into a strike mounted in the top rack – wood doors only

Sliding Door Hardware Systems & Tracks:

  • Flat Bar
  • "C" Shaped Tracks
  • "I" Beam Tracs
  • Box-shaped tracks
    • Most prevalent and cost effective
    • Helps to prevent contamination of the track and trolleys from falling debris
    • Trolleys are inside the track so no “jumping the track”
    • Provides extensive mounting versatility
    • Easily conceals doorstops and soft-closing mechanisms
  • Tubular (solid rod and hollow tubes)

Where will you usually use sliding doors?

  • Entry doors to offices
  • Hospital patient rooms
  • Folding doors dividing meeting rooms
  • Bathroom doors in hotel guestrooms
  • Renovation and restoration projects

Why are sliding doors so compatible for renovation and restoration projects?

  • Saves time, money, and space
  • Easy to install in existing buildings
  • Doesn’t require an existing door jamb
  • Can use a vast array of door types, colors, sizes and weights
  • Existing frame conditions and hardware locations aren’t as important
  • Can be installed on the wall or ceiling in front of the door opening
  • Hardware is generally non-handed and the tracks are easily cut-to-size in the field
  • The existing door jams are often removed, covered over, and replaced with cased open frames to create a finished look with a flush appearance

 

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