About Doors

Ever wonder why door hardware is so complicated?

Two Reasons: [1] Doors are a moving part, and [2] people use that moving part.

Sounds obvious at first until you think about the fact that moving parts in a building are limited to doors and windows, and people don’t pass through windows but they do pass through doors.

Considerations include: Security requirements, fire-ratings, handicapped users, exterior doors vs interior doors, and sound barriers. People have many different types of requirements and doors have to adapt to those requirements.

Exterior Doors Have Many Requirements

Quick Tips

Fire rated doors require fire rated hardware.

The top hinge on a door receives the most stress.

A standard commercial door is 1-3/4” thick and uses a lock with a 2-3/4” backset.