by Vince Butler
Door control products provide an important function of a door opening. In addition to complying with the requirements for fire-rated doors and meeting ADA standards, door closers can also prevent damage to the door, frame, and surrounding surfaces. Beyond their functionality, door closers add aesthetic value to a myriad of commercial applications. Since their inception, closer bodies have been redesigned to be sleeker and take up less space on the surface of the door or frame.
Hager door closers offer architects, contractors, and building owners a superior product with proven reliability. Backed by a lifetime warranty, our 5100, 5200, and 5300 Grade 1 closers make them a no-risk choice for practically any building type and can be configured to withstand environments ranging from low to high use frequency, including abusive environments.
High traffic doors are common in malls or department stores, schools or universities, and medical centers. This may include entry doors, bathroom doors, or doors between offices and warehouses. It is important to select the right model for the door-opening conditions when specifying or ordering a door closer. Hager’s Grade 1 door closers offer the following features that ensure their success in various environments.
Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is a non-profit organization of industry professionals that develop the grading criteria for the door hardware industry. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), BHMA develops, publishes, manages, and maintains standards for builders hardware performance standards. Certified BHMA Grade 1 door closers have met or exceeded rigorous requirements for functionality (1,500,000 or 2,000,000 cycles depending on features), efficiency (varies by closer setting) and appearance (salt spray testing to ASTM B117).
Our 5100, 5200, and 5300 Series Grade 1 models are BHMA certified, have been approved to ANSI standard A156.4, and are ADA compliant to ANSI 117.1.
Extreme Weather Ranges
Will your door opening be subjected to a warm, humid, tropical environment or a frozen landscape? Extreme weather conditions factor into the life of a door closer. Our door closers can endure prolonged use in extreme temperatures and remain fully functional in conditions ranging from -40° F (-42° C) to 150° F (66° C).
High-speed wind can grab an exterior door and wrench it open, destroying the hinges, the door, the door frame, the wall – posing an obvious safety hazard. A heavy-duty door closer with a built-in stop in the closer arm, or a separate overhead stop, can resist the wind and protect the hinges, frame, and surrounding surfaces.
Multiple Heavy Duty Arm Options
For high traffic or abusive environments, extra heavy-duty arms can be used. They are manufactured of high strength forged steel and are only mounted in the parallel arm configuration on the push side of the door. Choosing a heavy-duty arm option is key in high traffic openings as they will help maintain the door.
Hager door closers are available with arm variations including Extra Heavy Duty Arm, Extra Heavy Duty Stop Arm, Extra Heavy Duty Hold Open Stop Arm, Extra Heavy Duty Hold Open Arm, Extra Heavy Duty Cushion Stop Arm, and Extra Heavy Duty Hold Open Cushion Stop Arm. The latter two integrate a spring-loaded cushioning device which provides additional protection to the opening as well as increases the life of the closer.
There are many options to choose from when selecting a door closer. Choosing the right function closer and options for the door opening are important code considerations. In addition, selecting the appropriate door closer for the required functionality will prolong the life of the closer and enhance the user experience in all applications. If you have questions one which door closer or option is right for your door opening, please reach out to our technical support team.
Vince Butler is the Product Manager of door controls, trim & auxiliary, and commercial hinges and has been with Hager Companies for five years. When he is not working, he enjoys playing golf and spending his kids’ inheritance on chasing The Rolling Stones across the country.