What Are Some Common Sliding Barn Door Track Problems?

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Sliding barn doors are in style. From HGTV shows to magazines, they can be seen everywhere. But they aren't without issues. Below is information on some of the most common problems affecting sliding barn doors.

Worn Wheels

A common sliding barn door problem is worn track wheels. These are the wheels at the base of the door, that grip a small piece of metal and are supposed to help close the door easily. Usually, they become worn down by traffic, and may have to be re-leveled and reinstalled.

Door Spring

Another problem is a binding door spring or counterweight. Because they are so large, bar doors often require helper springs to help take up the slack from the top cable. To combat this, regular cleaning and oiling should help. The same is true of the counterweight.


There may also be problems with the track at the top of the barn door. These require cleaning and oiling, and the same is true of the wheels that turn in the track.