commercial door closer

Need help choosing a door closer? Commercial buildings constantly have traffic coming through them, from workers to clients to owners and beyond. This in-and-out flow of people could put your business at risk if you do not have the right security measures in place. Door closers can effectively protect your building and lower your energy bills at the same time. Let’s take a look at the importance of automatic door closers for commercial buildings to find out if this door hardware is right for you.

What Are Automatic Door Closers?

Automatic door closers pull a door closed once someone goes through it. Some doors will naturally shut on their own because of the way they are installed or the pressure from wind outside, but there is no guarantee that those doors are closed when you want them to be. With an automatic door closer, you can rest assured that the doors going in and out of your commercial building will shut when not in use.

Benefits of Door Closers on Commercial Buildings

Door closers serve several purposes in a commercial building:

  • By ensuring the doors stay shut, door closers reduce the energy bills for the building. There will be no excess air coming in or going out because a door was left open.
  • Door closers keep a building secure. You can still have a keypad or other device to lock the door, but the closer will make sure that only the person entering the building has access. Once the door closes automatically, unwanted intruders will not be allowed in the building.
  • Door closers control how quickly a door opens or shuts, preventing the door from flying open or slamming shut on a windy day. This creates a safer environment for your workers and puts less strain on the door itself.
  • Most commercial doors are heavy and difficult to open without some assistance. A door closer acts as an aid for opening the door so people do not struggle to get out of the building.
  • In the event of an emergency, a door closer can be pushed open to allow for a steady flow of traffic. You do not have to worry about employees being trapped in the building.
  • Door closers create a better sense of security for people who enter the building, which improves the work environment as a whole.

Choosing a door closer

Meeting Guidelines

Manufacturers (like Tell, Detex, LCN and Norton) make door closers with different size springs and features to fit varied commercial door applications. Some are made for specific brands of doors and others can fit a variety of doors. The wider or heavier the door, the larger the spring must be to work properly. Since federal building codes regulate commercial doors, performance and durability requirements for door closers are classified as Grade 1, 2 or 3. Further requirements are spelled out by BHMA and ANSI standards to make sure you adhere to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines.

Choosing a door closer Type

If you have a working door closer, it’s a no-brainer to choose the same style when it comes time to finding a replacement door closer. If it is a new door, you’ll have to choose which type of door closer meets your specific door the best. Most door closers fit one or more specific door types. The most popular door closers are either surface mounted, overhead concealed or floor mounted concealed. When making your choice; you should consider the weight of the door, type of opening, door swing – and, most importantly how much traffic it must handle. Surface mounted and overhead mounted are usually designed for low to moderate traffic while floor mounted concealed are usually high traffic applications.

surface mount door closer
Surface Mount
overhead concealed
Overhead Concealed
floor mount door closer
Floor Mount

How Much Do Commercial Door Closers Cost?

Automatic door closers range in price from $80 to $400, with some models priced well above $1,000. The prices vary based on the construction of the door closer and how much weight it can support. For instance, a door closer for a standard entry door would be less expensive than a closer for a large door used in a high traffic area.

The benefits of door closers greatly outweigh the cost in most instances. If you are choosing a door closer, you can easily find a product that suits your budget and your needs at the same time. The door hardware experts at WR Hardware would be happy to assist you with this process.

Patio Doors

How to Winterize a Patio Door

You may not use your patio door as much in the winter, but that doesn’t mean cold air can’t seep through it. In fact, patio door frames and windows are some of the most common sources of cold drafts in the winter time. Not only does this decrease the temperature of your building, but it also increases your energy bills. Thankfully, there are some cheap and simple fixes to prevent that.

This guide explains how to winterize a patio door so your building can stay warm all winter long.

Check the Weather Stripping

weatherstrippingWeather stripping is the soft seal that goes around your sliding door frame. Weather stripping comes in a variety of types including full threshold, door sweeps, tubular, and magnetic strips. It closes the gap between the door and the frame itself, so air and bugs cannot get in. Over time, the stripping will lose its elasticity, which means that it cannot expand to fill the entire gap. If the stripping is made of foam, chunks of it may come off and leave sizable gaps in the seal.

Weather stripping is very inexpensive, and it is easy to install. Simply remove the nails or adhesive holding the old stripping in place. Then follow the instructions on the new stripping to secure it to the door frame. You can get just about any color and style you need for your stripping, so it will blend seamlessly with the door and protect your building in the winter.

Replace Broken Parts

Sliding doors have a lot of moving parts. After extensive wear and tear, those parts may need to be replaced. A broken patio door lock may prevent the door from shutting fully or staying shut, which will let in cold air. This also puts your home’s security at risk, so it is important to take care of patio door repairs as soon as you notice them. Worn or broken rollers are another area to inspect.

WR Hardware sells replacement patio door parts for almost every style of door imaginable. If you need help finding the right part for your doors, contact our helpline at 800-225-2517. We have many hard-to-find parts that are not listed on our website, so you can get the perfect piece you need for your patio door to function properly.

patio door caulkingCaulk drafty gaps

You should inspect the framing around the patio door for gaps – both inside and outside. Caulk or use foam insulation to any areas that don’t impede the door’s movement.

Remove Pet Doors

If you have a pet door insert for your sliding glass door, you may want to remove it for the winter. The flap on the door will let in a tremendous amount of cold air, and so will your pet every time he comes in and out. Even if you put the locking door over the flap, there will be air coming through the gaps. You can put the insert back once the weather starts to warm up. Alternatively, you can look for a product called draft sealer which is specially made to seal the area between the pet door and close off the gaps.

Clean Debris in the Track of your Patio Door

patio door tracksLeaves, dirt and other debris may get stuck in the track of your patio door. The door will most likely glide over these items with ease, but that doesn’t mean you should let that happen. As the door moves over the debris, it may lift slightly off the track. This creates a thin pocket for air and bugs to get through in the winter. The movement may also damage the door and the track over time, decreasing the lifespan of your sliding patio door. Keep a small broom near the door so you can quickly sweep out the dirt as needed.

Use the right decor

A nicely fitted rug in front of the patio door will help prevent drafts (or a door snake). Likewise; using heavy or insulated drapes will help mitigate the flow of cold air. They will also block the sun, so, you must weigh the advantages of sun versus drafts.