Jul 17, 2017

Exit devices have been around since the early 1900’s after several disastrous events took the lives of hundreds of people trapped inside buildings. Exit devices are now required by code at certain openings based on a room’s occupancy type and load. Getting the right exit devices can be critical for life safety. You may have…

Jul 10, 2017

Gasketing is another term used for perimeter seals or weatherstripping. But what the heck is it? Gasketing for doors has to do with the seals that are installed around the perimeter of the opening. Doors do not create a perfect seal against the door frame when they are shut. Depending on where the door is…

Jul 3, 2017

Hollow metal doors are made of a variety of components. One of the most important parts is the core material. Here are 5 of the standard core types used in hollow metal doors: Honeycomb Polystyrene Polyurethane Steel Stiffened Mineral Core Standard Cores 1. Honeycomb Honeycomb cores get their name from the honeycomb shaped cardboard that…

Jun 28, 2017

In this quick guide to wood doors we’ll focus on some of the basics that can often be overlooked or missed on commercial projects but that should be addressed early in the project to avoid delays. A lot of specifications will be so generic that they miss the important pieces required for ordering the doors….

Jun 19, 2017
Detailed Hollow Metal Frame

Openings in commercial buildings that require heavy duty durability and security are where you will typically find hollow metal frames. Metal or wood doors are most commonly installed in hollow metal frames. The frames are considered “hollow” due to the open throat that allows the frame to anchor to the wall around it. Here we…

Jun 12, 2017

Our discussion on the door hardware basics concludes with this final article which will cover part 4: protecting the door. Protect The Door Hardware that will protect a door is crucial for the longevity and endurance of the door in the opening. Protecting the door can also protect the building and individuals going through that…

Jun 5, 2017

So far you’ve learned about the first 2 door hardware basics that must be covered for a door to function properly: to hang the door and to secure the door. The next step in meeting the 4 basic needs of a door is to control the door. Control The Door Controlling the door mostly deals…

Jun 2, 2017

We began this four part series briefly reviewing the 4 basic functions of door hardware: To hang the door To secure the door To control the door To protect the door We previously covered the first function that needs to be taken care of before anything else which is to hang the door. In this…

May 30, 2017

Door hardware serves 4 basic purposes or functions. The 4 basic door hardware functions are: To hang the door To secure the door To control the door To protect the door In this article we will cover the first basic purpose of hardware: hang the door. 1. Hang the door Doors will not be able…

May 24, 2017

Division 8 in construction covers doors and windows in a project. Doors provide access, security, control, and safety to the occupants of a building. Windows can provide added light to a building as well as provide security and visibility. Doors and windows add an aesthetically pleasing architectural finish, a life safety function, and protect the…

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