Assuming every door can be secured with either a maglock or an electric strike can be a painful assumption in the field. While those items can be applied flexibly with various openings, there are occasions where certain hardware cannot be used.
A common pitfall is inadequately or inaccurately describing the door resulting in avoidable specification mistakes. In this note, we examine how to properly identify a type of opening using industry terms:
- Lites and Transoms
- Door Swing
And we examine common door types often used in access control:
- Steel, Wood, and Glass Doors
- Automatic Sliding Doors
- Rollup Overhead Doors
- Reading Door/Hardware Schedules
Common Door Components
While door sizes, shapes, and appearance may vary, commercial door openings typically contain the same features, elements, and pieces.
Basic door anatomy looks like this:
Below sections clarify individual elements called out above.