Steel doors and frames are often specified as a standard product. However, design professionals are increasingly putting a new twist on an old classic by modifying them for better aesthetics or performance. These are the most common steel door upgrades. Click the images for more information and a list of manufacturers.
Fire rated doors and frames play a vital role in keeping people safe and minimizing property damage during a fire. Hollow metal is the only material widely available as a 3 hour fire rated door. We offer a variety of resources to help bring you up to speed on fire rated doors and frames.
Many military, government, and industrial facilities are at risk of an explosion, whether accidental or intentional. Blast resistant assemblies protect the occupants and the interior of the building from devastating shrapnel. They are also available fire rated, bullet resistant, and with vision lights.
You’ll most likely never need a fire extinguisher, but you’ll be really glad to have one if you ever do. The same applies to bullet resistant doors. School and government architects are specifying BR doors to keep building occupants safe in the event of an active shooter situation.
Architects are keeping the peace by specifying acoustical doors in noisy buildings. Places like schools, offices, hotels, and concert halls all benefit from reduced sound transfer. And there’s no need to overspecify here either. A little sound resistance – say, STC 42 – can go a long way.
These door systems have been tested to keep bad guys out. There’s a misconception that forced entry resistant doors look like detention doors, but they actually look just like standard steel doors because the heavier gauge steel and hardware reinforcements aren’t obvious to the casual observer.
These sturdy steel doors have been engraved with a wood grain pattern and stained to look just like wood. People often don’t even notice they aren’t wood unless they stop to inspect the door. Wood grain steel doors are ideal for high use openings that would benefit from the appearance of wood.
Steel is incredibly versatile and durable. Custom steel doors and frames may be specified for function, perhaps with a unique width, height, or thickness. They may also be selected for aesthetics – to bring a unique design element to a building.
There is an average of more than 1,000 tornados in the United States each year, most of which can easily destroy standard doors. Steel is the only readily available door material that passes the FEMA 361 and ICC 500 tornado test (250 mph wind speeds).
Meet the requirements of ANSI A250.13 and the Florida Building Code with steel door assemblies that can withstand winds from 110 to 170mph. Hurricane rated doors are available flush, paneled, or glazed, and can also be prefinished with a durable coating.
On the cusp of meeting your energy efficiency goals? Thermal break frames have a lower U-factor and can be the difference maker for your project. Its separator material breaks the thermal transfer of outside temperatures to reduce energy costs and increase comfort.
Reduce prep time at the jobsite and ensure a quality paintjob with prefinished doors and frames. These commercial-grade finishes comply with the ANSI/SDI A250.3 requirements for weather resistance and adhesion. They are available in a range of standard colors and custom selected.
Specified for their sleek appearance, stainless steel doors are also rust resistant, hygienic, and require little maintenance. Architects often choose stainless steel for buildings with a modern design, or where moisture or cleanliness are a concern such as a processing plant or hospital.
Lead-lined doors are used in clinics, hospitals, and other imaging centers to protect people from the radiation that emits from x-ray machines. They are also used for radiation shielding where security is a concern, such as aerospace and defense environments.
In the event of a fire, temperature rise doors minimize the heat transfer to the non-fire side of the door so people can safely escape from a burning building. These doors are built with a specifically designed core and are commonly found in the stairwells of high rise buildings.
You may also want to see our Specialty Steel Doors course for more information. View a PDF of the course now or take the course for AIA credits.