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
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.