Refine Your Measurements
There are a few further things you can do when measuring to ensure your doors are a perfect fit and will be installed successfully.
Use a Spirit Level – Your wall may be straight but not vertical and a little packing of the lining plate at the time of installation may be needed and help with the finished result.
Use a Straight Edge – This will help you to understand if the wall is flat, undulating or bowed.
Type of Flooring – Most sliding doors fit nicely onto carpet or laminate/hardwood.
If fitted onto carpet there is the danger of the bottom track sinking into the carpet as the doors move along it. If this is the case, the doors may not stay in place and with not roll smoothly. In order to fix this you may want to consider cutting out a section of the carpet in order to fit the bottom track directly onto the floor underneath. however as the bottom track is only around 7mm high you may still incur problems, therefore the preferred method is to fit a base plate to the carpet which gives a good flat, smooth surface for the track to be fitted. Please ensure that in this instance when measuring, you will need to press the tape measure down into the carpet pile to ensure a more accurate height is taken.
If you have laminate or hardwood flooring there are usually no issues with placing the bottom track directly onto it, however for a more fitted look, you may want to consider using a base plate.
- Measure the width at bottom, middle and top of the opening – Report maximum opening width
- Measure height at 1.5m intervals – Report minimum opening height
- If in doubt report all measurements
- Use a straight edge to determine any floor, wall or ceiling bowing
- Use a spirit level to determine if walls are off-vertical or ceiling/floor are off horizontal.
If in doubt, please call our staff who are always on hand to help give advice and support.