by American Stalls September 05, 2023
No horse barn is complete without sets of Barn Doors. Large Barn Doors are often the first things you and your visitors see upon entering your property. At American Stalls, we build custom Barn Entry Doors of all sizes and designs.
While we offer dozens of customizations, the principles of each set of Aisle Entry Barn Doors remain the same. Each set of door offer you a blend of beauty, functionality, and safety. They ensure that your barn interior is protected from the outdoor elements. They also ensure that your barn is a beautiful part of your sight line looking out in your property.
Whether you're considering an upgrade for your barn or you're simply curious about our Barn Entry Doors, we've got you covered. Dive into our comprehensive FAQ guide to get the lowdown on our luxury Barn Doors.
Q: What is the standard size of a Barn Entry Door set?
A: All of our Barn Entry Doors are custom built to order. For this reason, we build to your specifications. That is case whether you have an existing barn or you are building a new barn with pre-set door openings. That being said, we consider 10’x10’ or 12’x10’ to be standard.
The aisle doors need to be wide enough for a tractor to get through with a little room to spare for maneuvering. Because of this, we do recommend 12 ft at a minimum, or larger if possible.
Q: What type of steel do you use for the doors?
A: We use pre-galvanized (100% American Steel) 2”x2” square tubing on all of our Barn Entry Doors. That being said, we can upgrade your doors to a 2”x3”, 2”x4”, or 2”x6” frame to provide a more substantial look.
Q: Are the doors insulated or weatherproof?
A: No, our Barn Entry Doors are not insulated. All of our Barn Entry Doors are either a Sliding style or Hinged Style. If Sliding, our doors will overlap your rough opening by 2” on both sides. If hinged, Barn Entry Doors will include a corresponding frame that will go into your opening. Weatherstripping is usually not needed as we like to have our barns breathe, but you may want to provide some sort of cushioned rubber weather seal where the doors meet or a brush type seal at the jambs and sill to limit the cold winds and other debris from circulating into the barn.
Q: Can I add lumber to the Barn Entry Doors?
A: Yes! Our standard Barn Entry Doors can be filled with lumber. Wood-based designs will include a welded u-channel on the steel frame. We recommend to use a 1-1/2” thick tongue and groove lumber to install into the welded u-channel in our Dutch Doors. Vertical lumber fill is standard for our doors, but we can also weld our u-channel (at a surcharge) to allow for horizontal in-fill or even a diagonal in-fill.
Q: How wide are the cross bucks on the door?
A: Our cross bucks measure 4” in width, made of pre-galvanized 100% American steel, and are powder-coated to match the frame.
Q: Is it possible to add a glass design to the top door?
A: Absolutely! We offer a glass-design for our Barn Entry Doors. You can either do (1) large glass piece for the entire opening. We also offer a “quad-fill design” where we create a quadrant design with 2” steel square tubing which includes glass window retainers. We then can install 4 separate pieces of glass in these 4 placements.
Glass is a wonderful way to add natural light into your barn. The size and design depends on your aesthetic, but we typically locate these windows starting at roughly human shoulder height so you can see into the aisle when they’re closed. This is essential for convenience and safety. Someone could suddenly open a large door from the outside and spook a horse on the inside if they are unaware of what’s happening on the other side. Plus, some doors can be noisy as they open. We recommend making the glazed opening large but not too large so as to not give a loose horse the idea that it’s open and they can exit thru it. Adding some sort of mullions or design to the glazed portions can help prevent that from happening and also add to the overall design look.
Q: Do I need to provide my own glass?
A: We offer custom-cut tempered glass and installation prior to shipping from our facility. Alternatively, you can source and install the glass locally. Above are two examples of glass-designs for our Barn Doors.
Q: What hardware is included with the Barn Entry Doors?
A: All Barn Entry Doors include 304 stainless steel door handles. If you are choosing a Sliding Barn Entry Door, then it will come with our complete track package – including door stops, door guides, tracks, trolleys, and end caps.
If it is a hinged door (like below), it will include a pre-hung frame and door system which includes stainless steel barrel hinges.
I see that your hinged Barn Entry Doors are “pre-hung.” What does that mean?
A: When a door is described as "pre-hung," it means the door comes already mounted into its frame, rather than just being a standalone door. This pre-assembly includes the door’s stainless steel hinges. Being "pre-hung" means both sections of the door are already hinged and set into the frame. This makes installation easier, as you're installing the entire assembly — door and frame together — rather than needing to align and hang the door slab separately.
Q: How are the doors shipped?
A: Our Barn Entry Doors are carefully stacked on a pallet. The pallet is then shrink wrapped and banded before it leaves our facility.
Q: What type of truck will deliver the doors?
A: We ship our Barn Entry Doors (pallets) on a flatbed truck or hotshot. This truck directly goes from our facility to your farm without any additional delivery steps. This allows us to deliver the entire order safely to your barn.
Q: Can I collect the doors to save on shipping costs?
A: We do offer pick up to our clients whom live in driving distance to our facilities. Our Barn Entry Doors can be picked up directly from our manufacturing facility in Farmington, MO. Please kindly contact your American Stalls Project Manager and they would be happy to arrange this option.
Q: Is it challenging to install the Barn Entry Doors?
A: Installing steel-framed Barn Entry Doors in horse barns is relatively straightforward for someone experienced with construction or door installation. Our hinged Barn Entry Doors will install just like any other residential door. Our hinged Barn Entry Doors’ frame will go directly into your rough opening (RO). The inside of the frame is then screwed into the interior of your rough opening. It's vital to ensure that the door is level and plumb during installation. Use a level and make sure the door frame is square within the opening.
If you have a Sliding Barn Entry Door, then we recommend to install the track system first. All installation instructions are provided though at the time of shipping from your American Stalls Project Manager.
Q: When should I install the lumber?
A: We recommend to first install the Barn Entry Doors into your rough opening without any lumber installed or hang it off the track. This is because the Barn Entry Doors are quite heavy and oversized. Hence, it would be difficult to move with installed lumber. This is why we recommend to install lumber after your Doors are installed into the physical building.
Are you ready to get started on your barn project? If you can dream it, we can build it! Contact us today if you may have any additional questions or would like to speak to someone from our expert design staff. You can contact us for your upcoming Barn Dutch Doors project at (855) 957-8255 or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to bringing your barn vision to life!