Do I need a backer board behind my track?

What is a backer board you might ask?  A backer board is simply a board that is mounted to the sheetrock behind your track hardware.  This is shown in the picture below.  These boards are used to create the necessary gap between your door and the trim on your door opening.

If you have trim around your door opening or your studs are not 16” on center, then you will want a backer board. You can either create a backer board out of 1x4 or 1x6 new lumber and paint it the same color as your wall, or request to have us make one to match your door!

How do I know what size barn door I need?

Opening Without Trim (right)

If you are hanging your barn door over a sheet-rocked doorway we recommend the door be (4 inches) wider and (2 inches) higher than the opening.  If it is a high privacy room such as a bathroom or bedroom we then recommend the  door be (6 inches) wider and (2 inches) higher to ensure full coverage and privacy.

Opening With Trim (left)

We recommend that when your door is fully closed that it completely covers the doorway trim.  Thus the door width and height
should be the same or greater than the widest and tallest point of your doorway trim.

With Trim

Without Trim

Is there a bottom guide of some sort?

We offer many different floor guide styles depending on the application. The most popular and widely used of these is either a floor mounted or wall mounted fin style guide.  This guide rides within a groove in the bottom of your barn door. 

For applications where a groove cannot be cut in the bottom of the door a channel guide is used.  Both floor and wall mounted versions are available. 

What does the back side of the barn door look like?

All of our doors come double sided, so what you see on the front is what you see on the back. On all of our framed doors, though both sides of the door will be framed and finished the same, the texture selection chosen will be represented on the front side of the door only, leaving the back side with the smooth texture.

Do your barn doors warp over time?

Nope! All Signature Woods doors are constructed using professional grade construction methods that are non-warping.  Many construction methods prove to warp over time but with extensive testing we have developed a tried and proven method to keep your door looking good and remaining functional for a lifetime.

Are your barn doors authentic or artificially distressed?

Our barn doors are as authentic as they come! Unlike many other companies who may fabricate new material to look old, all of our materials are reclaimed from structures that are often over 100 years old! After many stages of processing we then hand craft this beautiful lumber into custom statement pieces for your home.

What character marks can I expect in my barn door?

Normal character marks consist of nail holes, small impressions, wear marks, knots, slight color variations, and saw marks. All original nail holes in our barn doors are filled prior to finishing to ensure no pass-through light or peaking! 

Can I install a barn door myself or do I need a handyman or contractor?

With some basic handyman skills and a few common tools, the vast majority of people are able to install the barn doors themselves with little hassle.

What are the different types of handles for?

Our hand-forged door pulls are meant to be a statement piece on the front of your barn door. Our flush mount handles on the other hand are most often recessed into the backside of your door.  This is due to the small amount of space between the backside of your door and the wall.  For spaces such as small pantries or closets where you will not be opening the door from the back side you can opt to omit the flush mount handle.

I only need a barn door - how do I know these barn doors will work with my track system?
  • Our barn doors typically work with most track systems on the market today. Our framed barn doors are 1.65” thick and come with a 0.25” wide groove cut in the bottom for the floor guide system.
  • Our steel framed doors are 2.00” thick and DO NOT come with a slot cut in the bottom. These barn doors require a different style of floor guide.
  • A typical 36” x 84” door weights between 60-100lbs depending on style. It is important to check the weight rating of your existing hardware to ensure it can withstand the weight of our barn doors.
What guides the bottom of the door?

Wood Framed Doors

If you are ordering one of our wood framed barn doors or a track kit by itself, your track kit will come with a standard fin style floor guide. This fin is mounted to the floor and rides in a groove that has already been cut for you in the bottom of your barn door.  If you cannot mount the guide to the floor we also have a wall mounted version as well! 

Steel-Trimmed Doors

If you are ordering one of our steel-trimmed doors, your track kits will come with a wall mounted system that wedges the door tight to the wall. Though the method changes all floor guides are low-profile and perform the same function.

Are your tracks noisy?

Definitely not! There is a lot of noisy hardware out there that sound rough and unfriendly to use. Our track kits on the other hand are top of the line and use high-pressure nylon wheels, sealed ball bearings, and rubber bumper stops that all make for a high-functioning, quality, quiet glide.  We like to encourage our customers, as a test, to open their new barn door with their little finger just to see how smooth it really is.

Can I adjust where my door starts and stops?

Our track kits come with fully adjustable stops so you can adjust your door to start and stop exactly where you need it to!  Just use the provided allen wrench to loosen the set-screws, slide the stop to where you want it and then retighten.  That's it! 

How do I know how long of a track I need?

Single Door System

To select the proper track length simply multiply the the barn door width in inches by (2x).  Then round the length up to the nearest track length selection.

Ex:  If you have a 37" wide barn door you would do the following calculation:

     (37in x 2) / 12in = 6.16ft

You would then round up to the 6.5ft kit.

 

Double Door System

To select the proper track length simply multiply the width in inches of one barn door by (4x).  Then round the length up to the nearest track length selection.

Ex:  If you have a pair of 34" wide barn doors you would do the following calculation:

     (34in x 4) / 12in = 11.33ft

You would then round up to the 12ft kit.

 

Bypass System

To select the proper track length simply multiply the width in inches of one barn door by (2x).  Then round the length up to the nearest track length selection. 

Ex:  If you have a pair of 34" wide barn doors you would do the following calculation:

     (34in x 2) / 12 = 5.66ft

        You would then round up to the 6ft kit.

 

How much space do I need between the top of my door and the ceiling?

We recommend the following minimum measurements between the top of your door and the ceiling:

Classic / Top Mount / Spade:  6in minimum

Big Wheel:  9in minimum

Bypass Kits:  12in minimum

Do I need a backer board behind my track rail?

If you have trim around your door opening or your studs are not 16” on center, then you will want a backer board. You can either create a backer board using a new 1x4 or 1x6 and paint it the same color as your wall, or request to have us make one to match your door finish and texture!

What are the different types of handles for?

Our hand-forged door pulls are meant to be a statement piece on the front of your barn door. Our flush mount handles on the other hand are most often recessed into the backside of your door.  This is due to the small amount of space between the backside of your door and the wall.  For spaces such as small pantries or closets where you will not be opening the door from the back side you can opt to omit the flush mount handle.

I only need a track - how do I know this track system will work with my barn door?

Our track kits are virtually universal and should work with most doors. Our kits are built to handle barn doors that are 1.5 - 2” in thickness and weight less than 150lbs per section of rail. If your door fall in those two ranges then it will work!

Do I need extra paneling to compensate for waste?

For perfect square or rectangular walls, only a 5% overage is recommended for installation waste. If you are working around angles or difficult obstacles, 10-15% overage is recommended. For color palettes with a variety of widths such as the Artisan Mix or 3-Dimensional Paneling, 10-15% overage will give you some flexibility with your pattern.

How do I measure square feet for my space?

Calculating square feet is much easier than you would think! In fact there is a square feet calculator on every wall paneling page to help you calculate how much you need.

But for additional reference follow the steps below:

  • Measure the total width and height of your wall and calculate the square feet by using this formula:  

Width (in) x Height (in) =Square Inches

Square Inches / 144 = Square Feet

  • Calculate the total square feet of each individual obstacle such as doors, windows, vents or any other feature that will not be covered with paneling.  Use the formulas above to calculate the total square feet of each obstacle.
  • Now subtract the total square feet of the obstacles from the total square feet of your wall.  This will give you the total surface area you will be covering.
How do the planks come?

All of our paneling products come as individual planks milled to a uniform thickness of ¼ inch, and lengths randomized between 1-4 feet.  Every plank is trimmed to the specified width based on which color palette you choose.  All of our paneling products are ready to install and require no preparation themselves other than final length trimming for your project.  Simply open your box and start applying the planks directly to your wall or surface!

Can I mix different color palettes?

Sure thing! Ordering in 10 square foot increments, feel free to mix and match the color varieties until you have met your desired square footage.  Keep in mind that if you are mixing different palettes it will be easier to install if they are all the same width (Ex.  All 5” or all 4” wide).

Can I use this paneling outdoors?

Though our paneling is produced out of reclaimed lumber which has spent it's entire life outdoors, we do not recommend or guarantee the longevity of this product when used outdoors.  

How do I know how long my mantel should be?

When choosing a mantel length we suggest that you balance the ends of the mantel between the edge of your firebox and the surround on both sides.  Since running mantels the full width of a surround tends to look unbalanced we suggest bringing the length down so the mantel is inside the surround.

What size of mantel should I choose for my space?

Great question! You want to pick a proportionately sized mantel for your space.  Large spaces with vaulted ceilings almost always need a large mantel (6x8 or larger).  Cozier rooms with shorter ceilings will most likely want a mid-small size mantel (6x6 or 6x8).  If you are not sure what size mantel you should choose for your space, feel free to utilize our design services, where we will ask all the right questions and give you our recommendations to pair you with your perfect mantel.

What is a corbel and how do I know if I need them?

Corbels come in pairs and are a decorative support that is often mounted to bottom of fireplace mantels.  You only need corbels if you like the look of them.  Generally they are completely aesthetic, are not load bearing, and are installed as separate pieces.

I need a custom wrap-around mantel, can you do this?

We have done plenty of custom mantel options from surrounds to hearths to mantel-wrapping.  If you know what you would like, please email us with pictures and dimensions of your space and we will send you a custom estimate for your project

How high should I mount my mantel above my fireplace?

Check with the manufacturer of your fire box and your local fire codes to see the minimum height restrictions on mounting a mantel above your fireplace.

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