What Does Exit Device Trim Do?
Exit devices come in a wide range of sizes, styles and functions. They all serve the same purpose: to help people leave a building in a simple, swift manner. When selecting the exit devices for your business, you will need to choose an exit device trim. What does exit device trim do, and which design is right for you? We’ll answer those questions and more in this guide.
What Is Exit Device Trim?
Exit device trim is the exterior component of an exit device. On the inside, you typically have a long bar going across the door. To exit, someone simply needs to push against the arm and the door latch will open. The trim is on the other side of the door, the part that does not have a bar. It usually consists of a door handle and a lock so the building can be secured when not in use.
Types of Exit Device Trims
There are different styles of exit device trims to choose from, including:
- Standard Lever: A key can be used to lock or unlock the door at any time.
- Night Latch Lever: Key opens the latch bur does not unlock the door.
- Blank Escutcheon Lever: The door remains unlocked at all times.
- Dummy Trim Lever: The trim does not lock or unlock the door. Rather, it is used as a handle to pull the door open when the panic bar is engaged.
There are also exit trims that are designed to work with electronic devices, such as a card entry device. In this case, the lock that goes inside the trim is actually a card reader that employees or guests can use to get into the building.
Choosing the Right Exit Device Trim
The best way to select exit device trim is to first select the exit device you will use. The trim will need to correspond to the style of exit device you have, so this will greatly narrow your options. From there, consider how the door will function and what security concerns you will need to address. You may need to consult with an inspector or building code enforcer to see what egress regulations you need to abide by.
If you are upgrading your existing trim, you will simply need to find a model that functions like your old one. If there were issues with your old trim you want to avoid, keep those in mind as you make your purchase.
Not All Exits Need Exit Door Trim
If you have a door that serves purely as an exit, you may not need exit door trim. Since the trim goes on the exterior of the door, it is only meant for doors that will sometimes be used as entrances. You will need to verify that your exit device can function without trim, but assuming that is the case, you will not need this extra piece of door hardware.