Exit Devices can Add Functionality and Security to your Doors, Cemmercial or Residential
Exit devices have now become a part of life necessities. Everybody is aware of their significance in helping people escape fire and various other accidents that may occur in big buildings. They are also helpful in preventing break-ins. You can get so many benefits from just one device!
These the help of these devices any door can be opened from inside. The doors that are equipped with these devices swing in the people’s direction thereby giving them more space to move. Another benefit of these devices is that it saves people from hurting themselves in emergencies when they may be in hurry and state of panic, hence the name panic bars.
Various types of exit devices are not only being used in commercial buildings, but also in offices, retail stores and hospitals. Another useful feature of these safety devices is that it keeps the door locked from outside, while allowing it be opened from inside. Many commercial clients utilize these devices for after hours exits of people who would not generally have a key to lock and unlock the door.
Things to consider when buying exit devices:
1. First, you should consider safety and security. When buying an exit device, you should make sure that it fully confirms to ANSI Grade 1 specifications. Aside from that, it should be equipped with adjustable strikes, hex dogging, hardened steel latches and concealed mounting screws.
2. Next, you should select only those devices that can be installed easily and have adequate adjustments. It is easy to work with crossbar rim safety devices. They can be installed on the stiles that are as narrow as 1 inch and can also be converted for the right hand or the left hand operation. You can also opt for latest push bar rim devices that have lesser parts and require minimal maintenance, which is necessary for doors in high traffic areas.
3. Some of the best devices are equipped with lots of useful options. These days, crossbar rim devices have been successful in gaining wide popularity because they are now available in various architectural finishes and colors. This is very useful feature in the retail establishments and upscale offices, many manufacturers also offer alarms and access control integration.
You should also check that crossbar styles are field adjustable as it is easy to fit them in any door width. You will not get pushpad devices in wide range of finishes as with crossbars, but still many companies now offer good varieties in metal based finishes. You can buy panic bars in 30″, 36″, 42″ and 48″ lengths and many models also have electrical options for enhanced security. Some of the exit devices are also available for the fire doors.
4. You should also decide on the exterior option for the exit devices. There is no need for a trim if door is not be opened from outside. Otherwise, a pull handle can be installed on the door.
You should always buy only quality exit devices from reputable manufacturers to avoid repeated maintenance issues. Good devices provide quite and smooth operation. You should do adequate research and choose the products that have Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label as this indicates that device has been properly tested for reliability and functionality.
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