Although sliding barn doors are not a new technology, their indoor applications are a relatively new concept for most modern homeowners. Our answers to these sliding barn door FAQs should answer any thoughts or concerns you may have, so the only thing you need to worry about is what style you want to get.
Do I need to remove the trim around the doorway before I install a sliding door?
This is one of the most common sliding barn door FAQs we get because almost every home has trim around the doorways. In most cases, you should be able to install the track and header board without needing to remove the trim around the doorway.
Can I hang my sliding door if there are no studs?
You will need to install a header board to safely mount your sliding barn door and avoid having to open up the wall to modify the studs. Luckily, header boards can be installed easily over most doorways.
Will there be handles on both sides of my sliding barn door?
We’ve designed our hardware to keep your sliding barn door as flush to the wall as possible, which means you put handles on the outer side of the door. If you feel that you need a handle on the inside of the door as well, we can easily install a recessed handle for you.
Should I use a header when I install my barn door?
Ideally, you would attach the track for your sliding barn door directly to the studs in the wall to support its weight, but odds are they aren’t properly spaced for that application. We offer the option to include a matching header board with your sliding barn door, which eliminates the need to use studs to install your track.
Will I need a bottom track for my sliding barn door?
We suggest that you use a bottom track to keep your door from swinging out and banging against the wall, but sliding barn door FAQs like this have two solutions. The EZ install bottom guide is for those looking for a, well, easy solution, and the U bottom guide was designed for homeowners who want something a little more permanent.
How do I measure for my sliding barn door?
We could explain it, but it’s much easier to show you. Our ‘How to Measure’ guide should answer all of your measurement questions.
Do sliding barn doors offer enough privacy to be used for a washroom?
This is without a doubt the most popular question on our list of sliding barn door FAQs, and the simple answer is yes! When measured properly, sliding barn doors have a 2-inch overhang on either side to ensure privacy no matter what room they are being used in, and you can also install a privacy latch for additional peace of mind.
Are sliding barn doors loud?
We use nylon rollers for our sliding barn door hardware to ensure they are as quiet as possible. Paired with our soft close sliding hardware that slows the door a few inches before hitting the end of the track, a Viba sliding barn door is about as quiet of a door as you can find!
Are sliding barn doors safe?
You run the risk of pinched fingers with any style of door, but Viba’s patented soft-close technology was designed to prevent exactly that, which creates the argument that our sliding barn doors are actually safer than traditional swing doors.
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Viba has been designing and building custom barn doors since 2013. We are a Canadian owned and operated company committed to sustainability and customer satisfaction.