Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How Does a Pocket Door Work?

How Does a Pocket Door Work?

What is a Pocket Door

    A pocket door is an interior door that when opened slides into the framework of the wall. It is a great space saver, giving you about 10 square feet more room than with a traditional door. Pocket doors are not just plain wood anymore, either. They can be found with beautiful etched-glass panels to match any decor. These fancier doors can be used for office, laundry room or pantries. You can also dress up a room by installing double doors that come in from both sides. They come in various sizes and can be custom-made to fit any doorway opening. When used in new construction, pocket doors can save money by reducing the amount of square footage needed to make up for the square footage wasted by swinging doors. It's a great thing to consider when building a new home.

Installing Pocket Doors in an Existing Home

    If you're thinking about installing pocket doors in your home, there are some things you need to find out first. You need to know what is in the wall where you want the door to go. There could be water lines, electrical lines or studs to a load-bearing wall. You must consider the time and cost of relocating these things to decide whether it's worth it to install the door. If you are going to install a double door then you must check both walls. In order to install this type of doors, the walls where they are going must be demolished in order to install the framework for the door. Then the wall would have to be rebuilt. Installing the door is not that difficult, but it can cause a mess and some inconvenience for a while. If the wall is a load-bearing wall it is not advisable to put in a pocket door yourself. You should hire a licensed contractor to do the work for you.

Quality is Important

    When selecting your new door, find a door with the studs wrapped in metal. This will prevent warping and trouble with opening and closing the door later on. Some companies guarantee the wheels will not fall out of the track on the frames and this is important as it can lead to constant repair. Lastly, make sure the frame is high quality and comes with a guarantee that it will last and is perfectly straight. If the wood in the frame is warped, you will have nothing but trouble with your door. This is one of those cases where it pays to make sure you have high-quality materials for your project. It will save you a lot of money and aggravation in the long run.

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