Choosing Door Hardware for High-Traffic Applications

Every public/commercial building is likely to have at least one high traffic door.  Some buildings may have two or more.  High traffic doors are those which get used frequently and regularly throughout a typical business day.  Usually these are the doors that the public uses to enter and exit your place of business, such as the front/main door.   These doors receive significantly higher use (and abuse) than service doors, warehouse entrances, and secondary emergency exits.

Door hardware that is applied to high-traffic doors needs to be able to handle frequent openings and closings.  You may be able to get away with choosing less expensive door closers or exit devices for secondary doors.  But when it comes to high traffic entrances, it usually pays to invest in high quality hardware.

When choosing door hardware for high-traffic applications, be sure to consider these three things:

1) Grade: ANSI (The American National Standards Institute) and the BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) have partnered together to create, implement and regulate standards regarding the manufacturing of commercial hardware, including door hardware.  Manufactured products which are voluntarily submitted for evaluation receive a grade of either 1, 2 or 3.  High-traffic doors should always be outfitted with hardware rated grade 1.  Products which have received a grade of 1 are the most durable, efficient and dependable.  They will be the most suitable for standing up to frequent use and even abuse.

2) Brand name:  Not all brand names are created equal.  Stick to brands which have proven themselves in the market over time.  Von Duprin, LCN, Glynn-Johnson, Monarch and Dor-o-Matic are just a few of these reliable labels.

3) Warranty:  Choose products and manufacturers that come with strong guarantees and warranties.  This helps to ensure that you’ll be able to get help, support and service down the road if issues arise.

4) Label specifications: Products that are intended for use on high-traffic doors will usually say so on the label, product information leaflet, or in the catalogue description.  Conversely, if the label recommends that a particular product NOT be used on a high-traffic door, heed that recommendation.

Remember, it’s worth spending a little bit more to know that the commercial door hardware that you are using will be reliable and will last for many years.

~ by pixiejen on March 17, 2009.

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