Recently we’ve been contacted by several clients who need to replace doors in areas that require special protection. When we get the same questions over and over, we know it’s time for a blog post!
This month’s blog is all about hardware that will help protect commercial doors from the daily wear and tear they are exposed to.
Protecting Doors for the Application
There is an abundance of door hardware choices, also called door flat goods, for protecting commercial doors. In the following blog post, we’ll discuss how to use the right combination of door stop, door plate, guards, bumpers and coordinators to keep your doors and openings looking great.
When a commercial door is forced open, something has to stop it! Dome Stops and Floor Stops are attached to the floor at the point where the door is to be opened the widest without any part touching the wall.
This is to ensure no part of the door or lock will strike and damage the wall.Dome stops like the one pictured here are by far the most common type of commercial door stop. However, is some cases where the door has an American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant threshold that is only 1/4 inch high, or has no threshold, a floor stop may be required to protect the wall behind it.
Wall Stops add an extra layer of security for your walls and hardware. Wall stops are designed to specifically to keep the lock from making a dent in an interior Gypsum board wall. They are installed on the wall at the point where the lock will touch the wall.
A Kick Down Stop is attached to the bottom of the door on the lock side. A kick down door stop easily flips down to keep the door in the open position temporarily. The kick down stop is a small lever that you use your foot to lift or lower.
Armor Plates and Kick Plates are attached to the door, protecting the face of the door from carts bumping into them as well as people using their feet to open the door. Armor Plates usually are sized to protect the bottom half of the door. Kick Plates are usually from 6” to 12” tall and protect only the lower part of the door face.
Angle Plates are used in exactly the same way as Kick Plates. They just have the added protection of covering the doors edges too.
Corner Guards and U Channels are specifically designed for protecting the doors vertical edges. These are primarily to protect the vertical door edge when the door is in the open position.
Roller Bumpers are used when two doors installed on adjoining walls in a corner and open towards each other. These attach to the top of the door or by the lockset and are intended to stop the doors from banging into each other.
Tear Drop Bumpers can be used in conjunction with Armor Plates in protecting doors from damage caused by heavy bulky carts being pushed into the doors. They are usually installed on the door around the middle where the top edge of the cart would scrape along the door.
Coordinators are used with a pair of doors that have closers attached. Coordinators are installed on the soffit of the frame head. When installed they hold the active door open long enough to allow the inactive door to close first.
Are Your Doors Taking a Beating?
This month’s blog is just a brief sampling of the many ways you can give your commercial doors a fighting chance.
If your project has similar situations or is new construction and you have any questions about metal doors and frames or hardware don’t hesitate, call us today! We will be more than happy to come out to your project and discuss what is really required for your estimate.