Solving Commercial Door Problems

Finding solutions to commercial door problems requires taking the time necessary to discover the causes of the problems.


Doors that are adjacent to a perpendicular wall can become damaged when the door is swung open too hard. The knob or lever can break the drywall material if no hard stop is installed. Keedex has protectors for locks in lexan polycarbonate material as well as stainless steel to prevent the damage caused by the door lock. The stainless steel versions are available in different sizes.

Protecting The Locks

Solving commercial door problems can also include increasing the level of security by upgrading the locks. For most installations of battery powered, electronic standalone locks, the outside and inside assemblies cover the standard door preparation. For example, Schlage AD and CO lock assemblies use the same door prep as most commercial mechanical lock hardware. If the existing lock installation is larger than the new lock, remodeler plates can be installed to cover existing door preparation.

To provide protection for exterior door latching mechanisms or to increase the security level by installing larger strike plates, there is Pro-Lok Entry Armor. Latch protection is available for cylindrical, mortise and narrow stile aluminum door locks for outswing and inswing doors. A number of different size and function strike plates are available to resist forced entry.

If the strike plate or the jamb is somewhat loose, replace mounting screws with longer screws. Drill a pilot hole to avoid splitting the wood before installing the longer screws.

On alley or dock doors, the door hardware often suffers from the cart and hand truck traffic. If the door or doors are equipped with exit devices, the end caps often get bent or torn off. Sargent has introduced a cast end cap to help prevent the problem. If the exit device is equipped with surface vertical rods, there are products that protect the lower rods from accidental collisions.

Finding solutions to commercial door problems requires taking the time necessary to discover the causes of the problems. Carefully listen to the end user’s concern. Think about the different ramifications and come up with solutions. Your customer will appreciate your expertise when you can use the proper methods to solve their problems.

Important: Good business practices will make choosing the correct commercial door products by what is right, not what is the inexpensive alternative.

For More Information

Don-Jo Mfg., P.O. Box 929, Sterling, MA 01564. Telephone: 800-628-8389. Web Site: www.don-jo.com.

Keedex, 510 Cameron Street, Placentia, CA 92870. Telephone: 714-993-4300 .Web Site: www.keedex.com.

McKinney Products Company, 225 Episcopal Road, ,Berlin, CT 06037. Telephone: 800-346-7707. Web Site: www.mckinneyhinge.com.

PEMKO Manufacturing Company West, 4226 Transport Street, Ventura, CA 93003. Telephone: 800 283-9988. Web Site: www.pemko.com

Pro-Lok, 655 North Hariton Street, Orange, CA 92868. Telephone: 714-633-0681. Web Site: www.pro-lok.com.

Rixson Specialty Door Controls, 235 East Lies Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188. Telephone: 866-474-9766. Web Site: www.rixson.com.

Select Products Limited, 9770 Shaver Road, Portage, MI 49024-6732. Telephone: 800-423-7107 Web Site: www.select-hinges.com.

Steelcraft, 9017 Blue Ash Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242. Telephone: 513-745-6400. Web Site: www.steelcraft.ingersollrand.com.

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