Barn door hardware, a popular new hardware style for doors and doorways, is not only stylish, but it is also very strong. For those not familiar with it, a track runs above the doorway with two hangers that attach to the door and roll horizontally on the track. The system is very stable. But what gives this hardware its strength? How can such a simple system easily bear doors up to 400lbs? In this article, we’ll address what it is about barn door hardware that makes it so strong.
Barn door hardware is strong for two reasons: 1) Flat track design; and 2) Solid steel construction
Flat Track Design
This style of door hardware, as mentioned above, is set-up in a way that has a track that is mounted above the doorway extending along the wall with two track hangers that attach to the door and roll horizontally along the track length. The track itself is made of solid steel flat-bar. The bar is approx. 1/4″ thick and 2″ wide. The flat side of the bar stands vertically, parallel to the wall, providing that the track hangers roll along the 1/4″ thick part of the bar. Because of the physics involved, this setup gives the track exceptional strength.
The hangers themselves are made of the same solid steel flat-bar. They are carefully bent and shaped to create the perfect curve over the hanger wheel to provide additional strength and support.
Solid Steel Construction
The track, hangers, and virtually every other part of this system are all made of solid steel. This is critical to the strength, style, and overall life of barn door hardware. But why is this so important? What is it about steel that makes it so special, strong, and long lasting?
Solid Brass Door Hardware
Solid bronze and brass door and entryway hardware is an elegant and durable way to update your existing hardware while creating new and beautiful themes throughout your house. Depending on your specific needs brass door hardware can include doorknob sets, hinges, kick plates, and push and pull plates. Exterior door hardware can also include door knockers, mail slots and doorbells. Solid brass hardware offers a wide variety of patterns and designs that can be incorporated further into your home on cabinets and drawers and is available in several finishes to match your current hardware.
Solid bronze and brass door and entryway hardware is a timeless addition to any home. This style can be extremely simple and traditional or extremely ornate. Solid brass offers a versatility that most materials cannot. It is also an easy way to create a common theme throughout your house. Solid brass hardware is available in several finishes including Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Polished Chrome and Satin Nickel.
Solid bronze and brass door hardware is produced today – allowing you to incorporate new patterns into your home and specifically your interior and exterior doors. This hardware can transform your home into a showpiece but be sure to follow a few simple steps. First, use solid brass hardware on every door in your house (inside and out) to create a common theme. By using similar designs or patterns (such as roped, Eastlake, Victorian themes) you can further tie the look together. Second, be sure to replace other worn hardware in your home, such as cabinet knobs and drawer pulls, with coordinating brass hardware. By adding these simple touches you can completely update the look of any room.
Solid bronze, antique and polished brass door hardware is readily available online as well as in many home decorating catalogs. Search for solid brass (not brass plated) construction and be sure to ask questions. When you work with solid brass hardware you can be sure of high quality construction and durability over time.