Sliding Doors

A Sliding Door may be used as an individual internal door or as a room divider. A Sliding Door may also be used on the exterior of a building. The most critical part of the sliding door hardware is the sliding door track. This needs to be able to carry the required weight. The sliding… Read more »

The BAU Architectural Fair In Munich

This is the largest trade show in the world and I did not want to miss out. It comes every two years to Munich, Germany and this year attendance was 250 thousand people including my wife and I. There were 2000 exhibitors from 43 countries and I was convinced that I would find a new… Read more »

How To Increase The Size Of Any Room

With square footage at a premium most everybody is looking for ways to make a room larger. Most hotels have these curved shower curtain rods designed to add a few inches to your space in the shower. The hotel bathroom door swings into the bathroom just missing the toilet and shower curtain by an inch.… Read more »

Everything Old Is New Again

Back in the 50’s and 60’s Pella Corp. of Pella Iowa was manufacturing accordion doors of the highest quality. They used real wood faces, concealed hinges and heavy-duty hardware. They also accomplished one very important feature: They saved the room or square footage used by a swinging door. A 3’ wide swing door takes up… Read more »

A Company of Losers That Are Winning

New Start

With no money and a couple of friends, I started Specialty Doors & Automation in November of 1996 (it took 3 months to get a California contractor’s license).