May 6, 2019
LCN Closers

Parallel arm closers are available with many control options. In this brief article we'll review what some of those arm options are and the benefits of each. Parallel door closers are different than "regular" arm closers because of the way they are mounted to the door and the way the arms are made. The main distinction between the two...

Apr 22, 2019
Fire Rated Window Frames

Hollow metal windows, or borrowed lites, are available in many sizes and configurations. The most common hollow metal window frames are four-sided frames and have one or more sections of glass installed. When multiple sections of glass are specified they are separated by "mullions" when built. Hollow metal windows can be fire...

Apr 8, 2019
Auto Opener

Automatic door openers use electricity to power a motor inside the unit to open the doors. The auto opener is often referred to as an auto operator or low energy operator (read this previous blog post on the basics of auto operators). Low energy refers to the speed and force of the door opening swing. Auto openers will slowly open the...

Apr 1, 2019
April Fools

As we enter the new age of technology and witness futuristic dreams of the past becoming realities, it is not hard to notice that the next big thing in tech is automatic sliding doors such as those seen in the popular TV series Star Trek. It won't be long until these automatic sliding doors are commonplace in public and at home. The...

Mar 18, 2019
Introducing Rex

To our Valued Customers, We are pleased to announce the merging of Rex W. Williams & Sons with Beacon Commercial Door & Lock. This is a merger of two highly compatible companies that share the values of producing excellent service with an emphasis on honesty and integrity. This is an exciting event for our companies, our...

Mar 11, 2019
Mullions

A mullion is a metal channel that divides up two sides of an opening. A mullion can separate two pieces of glass, two door panels, or separate a door and a piece of glass. When a mullion is used to separate two doors in a pair of doors, this mullion can be fixed or removable. A fixed mullion is an integral part of the door frame and...

Feb 25, 2019
Falcon Closers Post

Door closers from Falcon meet ANSI grade 1 requirements and are available with the common arm functions and controls. Falcon also offers a line of cylindrical door locks, mortise locks, and exit devices. In this post we will focus on their door closer line. There are three different door closer series that we will look at from Falcon....

Feb 12, 2019

Hollow metal doors have an edge seam on both sides of the door. This edge seam is visible and is caused by the fact that, when fabricating the doors, two sheets of metal are wrapped around the core material. There are 3 types of edge seam options for hollow metal doors. We will briefly discuss these in this post. Hollow Metal...

Jan 28, 2019
Rim x Rim Exit Device

Rim exit devices are a type of panic device that is used on out-swinging doors. This exit device hardware can have trim or levers on the other side of the door. They can be labeled as fire rated or just labeled as panic hardware. Rim exit devices can be used on single doors as well as double doors. In this blog post we will take a look...

Jan 17, 2019
Astragals and Weatherstripping

Astragals are often rigid pieces of metal that are installed on the edge of one door in a pair. The long strip of metal will then overlap the other leaf when the doors are closed. This helps close the gap between the pair of doors. There are options from some manufacturers (such as National Guard Products offered from Beacon CDL)...

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