Sliding and Pocket Door Hardware provided by ServiceMagic.com.
Most door hardware choices are primarily decorative and focus around the door knob or handle. While these choices must also be made for sliding and pocket doors, their function and design require a more extensive consideration for sliding design and assembly hardware. There are almost surely more design options out there for these types of doors than you would imagine. Often, the difference between a good and great sliding or pocket door installation for your home lies in the choices you make in their respective hardware.
Pocket Door Hardware
Older pocket doors are typically mounted on crude steel rollers that are noisy, bulky, and have a tendency to jump their tracks. Fortunately, we've greatly improved pocket door hardware today, and modern models move smoothly and quietly along Nylon or intricate ball-bearing rollers with deluxe axle-mounts. Typical pocket door hardware supports doors weighing around 75 pounds, but heavy-duty hardware is also available for solid hardwood doors up to 175 pounds or more. Pocket doors are essentially all about the hardware. This is to say, when choosing a type of door slab for your pocket doors, the viability of the door slab boils down to being able to afford adequate door hardware to support the size and weight of the slab.
Sliding Door Hardware
Sliding door hardware is much simpler to navigate. You get what you paid for. Most homeowners are content with hard plastic sliding door hardware, but sturdier metal hardware is available for a slightly higher cost. In fact, if you really want to do it up right, you can get door handles encrusted with silver or gold. More than the material, the biggest decision you'll have to make is the design of your sliding doors. Sliding doors can be straight sliding doors, single sliding, double sliding, folding, and center-folding, amongst other variations. The placement of your sliding doors, where they lead to, and how prominent you want their presence to be in your home can help determine which style of sliding door and sliding door hardware is right for you.