Feb 12, 2018
Pre-installation of Hardware

Installing door hardware is time consuming and complicated. Not to mention, door hardware comes in boxes of all shapes and sizes that can get unorganized on the job site resulting in lost hardware. Coordination can also be a headache because doors are often installed nearer to the end of the project when the schedule is compressed to meet...

Feb 5, 2018
wheelchair access

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities have certain standards for doors and hardware to provide better access to buildings. Here are just a few quick notes to be aware of. Clear Width Door openings are required to have a minimum clear opening width of 32 inches. The clear...

Jan 29, 2018
Exit device into stairwell

Von Duprin is an Allegion company that manufactures exit devices of various kinds as well as electrical products. Von Duprin is known for bringing the first panic bar type device to the market in the early 1900's allowing for doors to be locked from the outside while allowing immediate egress from the inside. Von Duprin exit devices are...

Jan 22, 2018
Stanley QDC Closers

Door closers are available with 5 different surface mounting options. Each mounting option can be used only when certain conditions are met at the opening. Not every door closer mounting option can be used on every opening. One of the main determining factors for mounting options is the type of closer arm that comes with the...

Jan 15, 2018
Fail Safe versus Fail Secure

Electric locks and electric strikes commonly require you to indicate if you want them to be Fail Safe (FSA) or Fail Secure (FSE). But what do these terms mean? We'll answer that question today and help you understand some of the benefits and drawbacks to both. Fail Safe VS Fail Secure You'll notice that both terms begin with the word...

Jan 8, 2018
Schlage Collage

Schlage manufactures commercial locks and hardware. Their most popular locks in commercial buildings are their Grade 1, L-series mortise locks, the Grade 1, ND-series cylindrical locks, and the Grade 2, AL-series cylindrical locks. These come with many of the most common locking functions as well as several that are unique to Schlage....

Jan 3, 2018
Hallway with doors

The New Year has begun and you have many things you want to accomplish this year. New goals mean new ways of doing things or finding a new purpose for doing them. One of those goals may include fixing those commercial doors in your building that have been causing headaches for you or the people in your building. Why should you bother...

Dec 22, 2017
Santa at the North Pole

The Christmas season reminds us of the joy and love we are blessed with in our lives, now and throughout the year. Christmas can give us a renewed heart to look for ways we can give of ourselves and serve others. We can forget about our differences and come together to celebrate the good that is in the world. For many, this celebration...

Dec 18, 2017
Hollow Metal Door

Commercial hollow metal doors can come in several different metal face thicknesses or gages. Hollow metal doors also come with many options for the door core such as honeycomb or insulated cores. You can read more about hollow metal door cores here. The purpose of this article is to cover the more common door elevations you'll see. An...

Dec 11, 2017
Team at work in the office

As the New Year approaches we look back at our history and remember our legacy as a commercial door company. Beacon Metals was founded in 1966 by John Riches. Just before the founding of Beacon Metals, John worked for Buehner block. Part of his role at Buehner block was working with window bucks and commercial metal doors. When the...


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