How to Choose the Best Commercial Door For Your Property

28 November 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


The doors you have installed around your commercial property are actually more important than you may realise; you may be legally obligated to have certain types of doors in certain areas, such as specialised fire doors. Doors can also help to insulate your space and add to a building's security. You may have more options than you realise when it comes to commercial doors, so note a few of those options here so you make the best choice for your property.

1. Acoustic doors

Acoustic doors are made with specialised insulation and a seal package or outer layer that is specifically designed to absorb sound, rather than allowing sound waves to pass through hollow metal or wood. Acoustic doors are typically used in music studios, but they can also be good to choose for offices where you need to protect confidential conversations. They're also good for when the area outside the door is particularly noisy, such as offices that are attached to shops or warehouse areas. Acoustic doors are also good to use in conference rooms or classrooms, where occupants need to especially focus and shouldn't be distracted by outside noise.

2. Escape doors

Escape doors are those that are locked but which allow exit from the inside, without having to unlock the door itself. Many will have a deadbolt that closes securely, but which then opens automatically when the handle on the inside of the door is turned. This type of door is used for areas that may be prone to fires and other such risks, so those needing a quick exit won't be trapped because of being panicked and not realising how to unlock the door.

3. Bullet resistant and security doors

Not all metal doors should be considered bullet resistant or secure; the steel used for many commercial doors may be very thin and hollow, and large calibre bullets may easily pass through them. Also, a door's hinges are important to consider when it comes to bullet resistance and security. Cheap plastic hinges can be shot out very easily and the door can be removed from the frame, or the hinges can be tapped out or otherwise pried open quickly and easily.

If you're concerned about improved security for your building, you want to ensure you choose a bullet resistant door that has a solid steel core and which is thick enough to withstand any type of blast. The door should also have piano hinges that sit inside the frame so that they cannot be accessed by any type of tool or weapon.