Doors vary greatly in how difficult and costly it is to add electronic access control. Bad assumptions about them can cost thousands.
Often the door is inadequately or inaccurately described 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.