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Door Hardware Basics
Most door hardware will fit the following door preparation. If you have something different, please contact us so we can help you find exactly what you need.
If you’re building an office, hotel, hospital, or school, you need heavy-duty commercial door hardware. After all, places with higher amounts of foot traffic than residential buildings require higher levels of security. We have an extensive line of lever handles, door knobs, panic bars, and door closers from brands like Falcon, Schlage, EZSet, Deltana, and more. We’re sure that our collection of hundreds of commercial door hardware products will have exactly what you need! If you feel overwhelmed by all of the options, you can shop by product category or narrow your results by brand, style, and function on the left side of the page.
One of the characteristics that sets commercial door hardware apart is its durability. Because it’s made to be used rigorously by many different people in high-traffic areas, it has a longer lifespan than other door hardware. When you’re shopping for commercial knobs and levers, you’ll be able to choose from Grade 1 knobs and Grade 2 knobs. Grade 1 knobs are more durable and offer more protection than Grade 2 knobs, which means they’re better for buildings that need more security, like banks and hospitals. Grade 2 knobs are great for offices and storage rooms holding classified information for small businesses.
Commercial door hardware levers and knobs are available in dozens of different functions, and we’ve made it easy to learn about what those functions are so that you can decide what you need. All you need to do is click on the “Shop by Function” category below to be taken to a page that defines each function for you, and then you can click on the one you need and see a list of related products.
Direct Door Hardware has provided reliable door hardware to business owners, contractors, and developers for 17 years. We have a background in construction, so we know that the smallest details matter the most, especially when it comes to ensuring the safety and security of every person who steps foot into your building. If you’re not sure which product would be best for you, give us a call and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.
Q: Which is the most common commercial door hardware lockset?
A: It’s difficult to say which commercial door hardware lockset is the most common, but some of the most popular options include cylindrical lever locks, mortise locks, keypad door locks, panic bars, and electric strike locks. Each type of business and building has different needs; for example, a doctor’s office might require cylindrical lever locks for each patient’s room but put a keypad door lock on the outside of the building for extra security. In every commercial building, though, there needs to be a fire exit, which might make panic bars the most common commercial door hardware lockset.
Q: What is a commercial door lock?
A: A commercial door lock is like a residential lock, but it has higher security ratings from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Commercial door locks are generally either Grade 2 or Grade 1, and they’re used in high-traffic areas like museums, schools, and hospitals. Because Grade 1 locks offer the most security, they’re used in areas with the highest amounts of traffic.
Q: How high is a commercial door knob?
A: Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the International Building Code requires that all door knobs need to be between 34 and 48 inches higher than the floor. Some exceptions can be made, though. For example, doors that lead to public swimming pools typically have knobs and levers that are higher than the required height in order to prevent small children from sneaking in unnoticed.