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Specialty Door Hardware for Architectural Applications

Specialty door hardware, as its name implies, is a unique category of building products for sliding and swinging doors used by the architectural market for commercial, industrial and residential design.

Specialty Door Hardware Includes:
  • Heavy Duty Sliding Door Components,
    • Track, brackets and hangers (door trolleys)
  • Sliding Door Hardware Kits
  • Slide-Fold Hardware Kits
  • Standard Strap Hinges
  • Industrial Strap Hinges
  • Heavy Duty & Extra Heavy Duty Cremone Bolts
  • Bolts, Latches & Miscellaneous Components
B & O Railroad Museum

B & O Railroad Museum
Massive Doors on Sliding Track Hardware allow antique locomotives access to the museum rail yard. Each door weighs over 600 pounds.

How is it Different?

What distinguishes specialty door hardware from standard door hardware? Unique niche applications, heavy duty strength, and superior quality are terms that come to mind.

Specialty Door Hardware Products are fabricated from a heavier gauge of steel for better product quality and longevity.

Tighter tolerances are standard, and the finish for both interior and exterior applications is thicker and superior to standard hardware coatings.

Significant Considerations

Further, two elements are significant for these products: the ability to hold heavier door weight capacities from 200 lbs. to 5,000 lbs. and the ability to contain larger sized doors from 7’ – 24’  in height or higher, and 50’ wide or wider.

 Special considerations have to be given to:
  • weight distribution
  • mounting
  • support mechanisms for doors
Where is it used?

Commercial applications of specialty door hardware encompass many types of buildings and also unusual architectural elements, such as sliding exterior walls or even sliding curved walls to partition interior spaces.

Specialty door hardware is used in theaters for stage doors and curtains, acoustical panels, and light rigging. Panels can be used to reduce stage size for smaller productions.

Another common use for sliding door hardware is in schools and summer camps to divide auditorium and gym space and to screen cafeterias during down time.

Other moveable panel applications include product showrooms, room dividers, chalkboards, and conference room video walls.

Adaptive Reuse ApplicationsGoogle Works Art Gallery

Adaptive reuse of factories and warehouses is another application for door hardware. It is used for entrances, moveable walls, or other inventive designs.

For example, the repurposed factory (shown right) has been turned into an art museum with studio space for resident artists. Special panels were mounted to sliding door track to create moveable galleries and rotating exhibits.

References

Goggle Works Art Gallery
Capitol Camp
Smithsonian Museum
Mercersburg Academy
B & O Railroad Museum
Wye Hall
Salisbury House
Aurora Fire Museum