When you realize that a hanging system track is likely to survive the life of the building in which it is installed, track selection is worthy of a little extra consideration. A review of various attributes can ensure versatile functionality for years to come, and ultimate satisfaction. Let’s review the four main factors related to hanging system track selection. The four primary factors to consider:
The primary attribute that affects the relative “discreet quotient” of a track is whether the track is “closed-face” or “open-face” in design.
Closed-face track hides the fasteners that mount the track to the structure and allows a clean, smooth appearance. On the other hand, an open-face track, allows the fasteners to be seen. While it is true that most prefer highly discreet track designs, too much can be made of this attribute. One of the mitigating issues that will lessen the impact of an open-face design, causing it to be perceived as more discreet, is the height at which it will be mounted. Tracks mounted high on a wall or ceiling, above the normal line of sight will diminish the visual impact. Lighting in the area where the track is attached also has significant impact on perception. Generally, if the track is mounted above the line of lighting, the track will recede into the background. Also, avoid downlighting and wall wash lighting where a hanging system track could cast shadows on the wall. Lastly, most track options come in various finishes. To minimize the visual impact of a track, select a finish that blends into the surrounding color palette.
Our Wall Track (See Cable System or Classic System) offers solutions when strength is a factor to be considered. It can be seen as the left profile in the above photo. This is an “industrial strength” track, as it is rated for up to 300 lbs. per six-foot length. This capacity can yield future benefits when needs change. By comparison, the right profile in the above image is our Click Rail track. It is rated for up to 78 lbs. per six-foot length.
For some applications, track selection isn’t about being discreet or requiring high weight capacity. For some it is a track that offers paramount convenience – convenience to reset a display several times a day if need be, as in a gallery. With this criteria in mind, our Wall Track or Contempo® Track is the best bet. These tracks are compatible with rods in addition to cables. Rods are extremely easy to use. This is because, being rigid, one can usually grasp the rod while standing on the floor and manipulate the rod in and out of the track. No ladders are needed. However, even if you prefer to deploy cables, as compared to rods, you will likely find an open-face track, such as Wall Track or Contempo Track, to be more convenient (easy to use) than Click Rail track.
That leads us to our last major track-selection attribute, “Versatility”. Our Contempo Track and Wall Track both offer incredible system versatility, since both may deploy either cables or rods. However, the Contempo Track may still hold the upper hand in this factor because it also may be deployed on curved walls, something no other track, from any vendor, may claim.
If you have questions, or wish to learn more on how proper track selection can improve your next design project, please contact our Customer Support at email@example.com, or give us a call at 866 935-6949 (toll free) or at our local number 450 619-7999.
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