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Forum topic by RJ2 posted 04-14-2014 01:19 PM 891 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2014 01:19 PM

I had posted this same note as a reply to another posting but decided , I have been asked about this carriage style barn roll up faux doors a few times and it warrants its own posting .Therefore, I am About to redo a 7 X 10, stamped steel door with a custom wood overlay carriage /Barn style wood . If it was done in solid 3/4 cedar, at 123 lbs a cubic ft, I am figuring that divided by 12 rollers it is only adding 12 lbs each at the most. I can weld up some more hangers on the track , but would the gauge of track itself be fine. I am assuming so , but did not want to put a squeeze play on the wives Beemer. I at one point was looking for a faux type lightweight plastic wood, but I remember how heavy the real wood doors were I was replacing back in the 60’s, . It would be interesting if someone has attacked this , roll up carriage style door craze that seems to be going on now. I was figuring weight on the 3/4 ” wood but will go with a 3/8 background and 3/4 rails and stiles. Thanks RJ


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#1 posted 04-14-2014 02:31 PM

Generally the doors I have seen this done to are masonite (heavy wood doors). I would have no fear as long as the door was installed right to begin with. Remember that the door needs to be set back 3/4” to allow clearance for the applied trim to clear the header and what not. If it were me I would build it with 1/4” back. I would pocket screw as many of the joints as possible and then staple the cedar it the 1/4” panel from the back. I would attach the assemblies from the inside of the garage door with screws and PL polyurethane.

I have not done it like this before, but I have done it on a wood door.

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 03:48 PM

I would not worry about the track/rollers so much as the lift mechanism.
If you have spring assist, most do, be sure to increase the balance force high enough to compensate for the added weight or you will be replacing the drive very soon.

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 04:06 PM

You could do a trial run by fixing some weight to the door (without any vehicles underneath) to see how the door, track and opener will handle the additional weight. Sometimes a little experimentation can go a long ways towards assuring the soundness of your calculations.

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#4 posted 04-16-2014 12:39 PM

Thanks All, think I might bite the bullet and get started . Could not find a design that matched my Entrance doors , and did not especially like the the $6700 price quotes.


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