When you're running a business, every expense has a purpose. You wouldn't install light fixtures or furniture you don't need, and the same is true for door hardware. The reason so many buildings have a variety of hardware features on their external and internal security doors is because each piece of hardware is necessary for different reasons, not always for security. Today, we're going to quickly look at three types of commercial door hardware that you may not have considered and why they are important for commercial buildings.
A panic bar makes sure that no matter how tightly locked up your facility is, people cannot get trapped inside. People who are inside during lock-up is not an uncommon thing. An employee is working late in the storeroom or back office, someone gets 'stuck' in the bathroom around closing time, or the manager locks up early without doing a check. The panic bar ensures that you don't find late-staying employees or guests living off break room snacks when you get in on Monday.
Door closers, on the other hand, have the opposite effect for external security. Doors don't always close completely on their own. To do so, they have to be properly weighted, balanced, and the hinges maintained. A door closer, on the other hand, pulls the door closed gently behind anyone who opens it. This ensure that employees can hold a door open if they need to, but your external doors always default to securely and firmly closed to prevent undetected security problems from doors left hanging open or improperly latched.
Then, of course, there is the handicap entry feature. It's surprising how few commercial doors overall have a handicap entry feature but it is the kindest thing you can do for anyone with mobility limitations. From employees on crutches from a recovering sprained ankle to wheelchair-bound customers, a handicap entry makes it possible for handicapped people to get in and out without the help of others. It also happens to be pretty convenient when you're carrying a large armload into the building.
Are your commercial building doors properly equipped? If all you have is a deadbolt, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Contact us today to find out more about how to install the commercial door hardware your business needs.