Standard vs. Heavy Duty Door Closers

18 Jan Standard vs. Heavy Duty Door Closers

Need to find the right door closer to meet your home or business office needs? As always, it is best to consult a professional to make sure that you are making the best decision. Depending on the type of door you are shopping for, you will have two main options in choice of placement – surface or concealed.

Surface Mounted Door Closers

Surface door closers are the most common and can be the most inexpensive option,as well as the easiest to install. They meet standard specifications for low to medium traffic, and are typically located on the top of the door.

There are a few different types of surface mounted door closers to choose from:

  1. Standard mounts are installed on the side of the door where it is pulled open. This closer has two arms that sit out perpendicular when the door is closed.
  2. Top Jamb closers are installed on the push side of the door. The arms of these closers also sit out perpendicular, but this type of closer includes a spring-loaded box that is mounted on the doorframe.
  3. Parallel closers are also installed on the push side of the door, with two arms that sit on top of the door when it is not in use. Parallel closers are attached to a spring-loaded box that is located at the top on the push side of the door.

Concealed Door Closers

Concealed door closers are often found on “double acting doors” (doors that open both ways). They are, as their name implies, concealed from view. Out of the two options, concealed door closers provide a more minimalist, cleaner look that often appeals to business owners.

Concealed door closers are perfect for busy store fronts, as they are the best option for areas with medium up to heavy traffic. What is also great about these closers is that they aren’t as visible as surface mounted closers. Concealed door closers typically come in two varieties:

  1. Floor concealed closers are located underneath the door and aren’t visible when the door is not in use. These work best with glass doors.
  2. Overhead-concealed door closers can be located inside of the door header. These door closers are also not visible when the door is closed, and can work with glass or aluminum door.

Which Option Works Best

Which option to choose depends on the amount of traffic your business receives daily,as well as your budget. If you are the owner of a shopping mall and need a heavy duty closer, you know that more of your budget is going to go towards the more expensive option. If the door isn’t going to get a lot of traffic, you can opt for a surface door closer. Whichever option you prefer, make sure it meets building and safety standards.

As you can see, there are several options available for standard and heavy-duty closers. The best way to be sure you get the right option is to consult with someone with the experience needed to help guide you with your final decision.One of our staff will be glad to refer you in the right direction to get you the closer you need. Call us at 303-974-0215.

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