Thinking about installing a sliding door in your house? You are probably struggling with how to find the right hardware for it. Luckily, you can choose from several different types and categories of hardware. All you need to do described in our step-by-step guide below.
Step #1 Get informed
There are a lot of different hardware options available, and it only depends on you which type of hardware you will purchase for your sliding door. If you want to get a customized option, you can choose individual components and arrange them into a kit. That way you will get exactly what you need, but it may end up a little too expensive (if you’re worried about the budget). On the flip side, you can purchase a hardware kit which contains the essential components (guides, screws, handles, pulls, etc.) you can install on your sliding door. The most popular kit is the flat track, but you can choose between several other styles as well. If you are working with heavy duty, you might want to use box rail kit which comes with it. For a touch of creativity and elegance, you can choose between architectural or industrial series kits.
Step #2 Measure
After you collect all the information about sliding door hardware, you might want to measure the opening height and width. That way you will get the precise data that will help you decide which hardware do you need for installing sliding door.
Step #3 Select door material
Door material can also affect the type of hardware you need when installing sliding door in your house. There are usually three types of material used with sliding door: glass, wood, and metal. If you’re thinking about a metal door, for example, you need a hardware that can handle the weight and the pressure. That means you will choose kits that are designed to handle the heavy duty. On the other hand, a regular wood door needs reliable hardware that can be made of stainless steel, which will give it a nice touch.
Step #4 Compare hardware
Since there are different manufacturers and retailers of sliding door hardware, the smart thing to do before purchasing a hardware kit is a comparison. You can do that online (type “sliding door hardware” on Amazon page or directly on Google) or you can go to your local hardware shop and compare on spot. If you’re doing an online search, set up the criteria for comparison, such as price, material, durability, design, etc. and compare different kits based on that. Otherwise, going in a local hardware shop can give you an advantage of having a professional help on the spot. Just ask the shop clerk anything you need to know before you make your final decision.
Step #5 Select the kit for you
After you’ve gone through all the previous steps, you’re ready to select a hardware kit for your door. Just follow the guidelines and recommendations you got from professionals and you won’t end up short. Remember to choose a hardware that is reliable and durable first, and then look for different styles and design.