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    5 Things To Know Before Installing A Sliding Barn Door

    Installing Sliding Barn Door

    So you’re thinking about installing a beautiful Canadian-made sliding barn door in your home! For many households, this is a great option,  not only due to its stunning look but also because of its functionality and ability to save space in the home. If you’ve never installed a sliding barn door before, you may have a few questions about the new experience. Here’s what our experts want you to know before installing your first sliding barn door. 

    1. Use Quality Materials 

    Like anything that you wish to install in your home, the quality of your sliding barn door matters. The better the quality of the door and the hardware, the longer it will last and the nicer it will look. At Viba Barn Doors, we individually make the most high-quality sliding barn doors made of properly kiln-dried and hand-selected 100% Canadian wood.  This ensures that Viba doors don’t warp with seasonal humidity changes.  A Viba door will last for years and will continue to look beautiful. 

    1. Handles And Latches Are Helpful

    Many of our first-time customers ask us if they can achieve the same privacy as offered by a traditional swinging door with a sliding barn door, and the answer is yes! Our soft-close mechanism keeps the doors from accidentally opening when casually bumped., and you can also choose to install a privacy latch, This way, you can achieve all the privacy and accessibility of a traditional swinging door. 

    1. The Right Space Is Key 

    Installing a sliding barn door can’t be done just anywhere. You first need to make sure you have the right space for your door and its hardware. As a sliding barn door must be mounted on a track, you want a wall space that can accommodate the door movement. This is why it’s important to measure your space before ordering your door. 

    1. Structural Support Is A Must 

    It’s vital that you have proper structural support for your barn door Simple anchors are not enough to mount a sliding barn door. If you are framing a new opening, support can be added between the studs before your drywall is installed. If you have an existing opening you would mount a header board on your wall. The header board is secured to your studs allowing the hardware to your header board to give the necessary structural support.

    Check out our handy structural support guide!

          1. The Door Should Be Wider Than The Doorway 

    A common mistake when ordering a sliding barn door is ordering a door the size of your door frame when in reality, it must be larger than the opening, for both esthetic and safety reasons. . As a general rule, we recommend that the door be a minimum of 2 inches wider on either side than the opening itself.  If you have wider trim, you can make your door wider as well.

    Want to know more about installing sliding barn doors?
    The team at Viba Barn Doors is always ready to help! 

    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. 

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    Why Nylon Wheels Are The Best Option

    Why Nylon Wheels Are The Best Option
    Viba sliding barn doors aren’t just beautiful, they’re also incredibly durable, functional, and easy to use! Part of the reason that our doors and hardware are so well-liked is because of their nylon wheels; nylon wheels bring both stability and elegance with their strength and their ability to roll quietly.

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    Our Designs: Divided Panel Barn Door

    Our Designs: Divided Panel Barn Door

    When looking at our Divided Panel Barn Door, it’s easy to see why so many people have fallen in love with it. It is absolutely one of our most versatile designs that can be incorporated seamlessly into any style of interior decor, and will look right at home wherever it is installed! 

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    Soft Close Barn Door Hardware

    Soft Close Barn Door Hardware

    Almost all of our barn door hardware uses soft close technology which makes our doors safer and quieter than many other products on the market.

    Our barn door hardware is similar to the soft close drawers found in many kitchens. The hardware is constructed to slow the door to a complete stop during the last three inches. This prevents the door from bouncing off the end of the rail and practically eliminates the possibility of pinching your fingers between the door and wall. 

    What also sets our soft close barn door hardware apart is that our wheels are constructed of industrial nylon. Unlike metal wheels that are noisy and can reverberate throughout the home, our unique nylon wheels are whisper quiet, allowing you to enjoy custom barn doors without any noise disturbance.

    We carry a large selection of barn door hardware to fit your specific design aesthetic, from classic to modern styling. We’re also able to offer more sizes than anyone else in the Canadian market—up to a 16-foot track for 8-foot wide single doors. 

    Our clients are often pleased to learn that we also use an EZ install bottom guide that attaches to the wall instead of the floor, making it perfect for basements, tiles, or any other application where you don’t want to drill holes in the floor. 

    We include easy-to-follow installation instructions with all of our doors, but if you ever have any questions about our soft close technology, or how to properly install the hardware for your Viba barn door, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We always answer our phones during business hours and are prompt to reply by email. 

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    We've been building custom barn doors since 2013. All of our wood is sustainably sourced from the Kitchener-Waterloo area and our doors are constructed at our workshop in Mississauga. 


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