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Champion Sliding Doors

Champion Sliding Doors

Champion Sliding DoorHansen Pole Buildings is a distributor for Plyco Champion Sliding Doors.  Champion sliding doors can be ordered as a part of any complete Hansen Pole Buildings kit package. We do not offer any type of doors by themselves, due to challenges of shipping damage.

While sliding doors are not an answer to all large door situations, they certainly have their place in agricultural applications, most frequently in horse barns and riding arenas. Not every client is interested in a standard steel siding covered sliding door. For aesthetic purposes, some prefer upgraded sliding doors which include cross-bucks and, in some cases, windows.

These doors are available in 36 standard sizes and styles, including both double (bi-parting or split) doors and single door configurations, with or without tempered glass window grids. Standard sizes for single doors range from four feet wide by eight feet tall to six foot by 12 foot. Standard double door sizes range from eight foot by eight foot to 12 foot by 12 foot. Custom sizes are also available. You can pick the size you want. How cool is that?!

Champion Sliding Doors are compatible with all sliding door track and hardware.  Champion Sliding Door components consist of rugged aluminum side rails, aluminum cross-bucks, galvanized steel girts and steel inserts.

All components are pre-cut and pre-drilled, allowing for easy assembly by either Do It Yourselfers or their builders at your building site. Fasteners are included, as are complete assembly instructions. Building owners or builders are required to furnish plywood to appropriately back steel inserts.

Champion Sliding Doors are offered in a myriad of colors. Vertical members and cross bucks are offered in 10 different colors which match Plyco dutch door colors. The steel inserts are available in 14 different colors which also match inserts of Plyco dutch doors.

Want to add some upgraded style to your next post frame building? If so, then Plyco Champion Sliding Doors might be an option to consider.

Cross Bucks on Sliding Barn Doors

Many iconic traditional wooden barns feature sliding doors with wooden cross bucks.
Originally, the cross buck design had a utilitarian purpose, fortifying gates, fences, and large barn doors by providing structural support. However, the X-design on doors appeared in the mid-1800s as part of what was called “Stick Style.” This Gothic-inspired variation of Victorian architecture was a bit less fanciful and ornamental, highlighting instead the barn’s structure and construction through the application of “stick work” in the form of vertically and diagonally placed wood boards.

No one happens to manufacture a prefabricated cross buck for steel covered sliding doors. Over the years I have seen almost as many solutions for sliding door cross bucks as there are people who wanted them. Here are a few of them:

The simple way – use masking tape to mark off the width of cross buck desired, then spray paint them on. The downsides are this does not give a three dimensional look and there is a good chance of the paint peeling off over time.

Order flat steel trims with hems on both sides and screw onto each high rib with metal-to-metal stitch screws. Again this does not give the three dimensional look. Even with the hems, these are prone to “oil can” (look wavy) with changes in temperature. In most instances, these trims are limited to lengths of usually 10’6″ which can result in splices, which may not be desirable.

Dimensional lumber (I would recommend it be pressure preservative treated) can be attached to the face of the steel siding. U shaped steel trim, bent to fit the lumber, with hems on both of the short legs can be used to cover the lumber. This will give the three dimensional look, however will still present some of the same challenges as did the flat steel trims.