Glass Doors and Access Control Tutorial

By Brian Rhodes, Published Sep 16, 2021, 12:31pm EDT

One of the biggest access control challenges is securing glass doors.

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Unlike wood or steel doors that can be modified to work with electrified locking hardware, glass doors present significant hardware challenges.

In this tutorial, we examine:

  • Why Glass Doors Are Tough For Access
  • Planning Ahead
  • The Two Common Types Of Glass Doors
  • Options For Readers, Strikes, Maglocks, and Standalone Locks
  • UV Bonded Glue Systems
  • Why Using Glues and Adhesives Can Be Problematic

Glass *****: ********* ** ****** *** ******

************ *********** ***** ** 'regular' ***** ******** ******** or ******* *****, ******, and ********* ****.

*** ********, *** *** major ****** ** * maglock **** ** ******* to **** *** **** frame *** **** ** order ** ****** *** opening. ** **** *****, mounting ************ **** *** drilling * *** *****, inserting****** (***) *****, *** ******* **** difficult.

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*******, ***** **** ** glass **** ********** ********* requirements. *****, **** ***** tempered *****, ****** ** drilled ** *** **** manufactured. ******* ***** **** durable ** ***** ******, a ***** **** ***** bit ** * ****** warping ** *** **** can ***** * ********, expensive *******.

*** ******** ** *** any ****** ***** *******, because ** **** *****, glass ***** *** '*************** significant' ******** *** ********* with ******** ******* ********. Standard ******** **** ******, exit *******, *** ***** sets *** ***** ******** with ***-*******, ****** ****** designed *** **********, *** security.

**** ** ****, *** latch ****, ***** * strike ******* ** ** keep * **** ******, is ********* *** ******** with ****** ****** *** must ** **** **********.

**, *** ** *** control * **** **** cannot ** ********, *** not **** *****/****** *** mounting *****, *** ****** uses ***-******** ********?

Plan ***** ** *** *******

*** ***** ********* *** 'best *******' *********** ********* for ********* ***** ***** require *** **** ** be *********** **** *******, holes, ** ********** ** mind. **** ****-****** '**********' glass ****** *** **** factory ******* *** ****** hardware ** ******** **** against ******* ******.

***** ***** ******* ** not ********* *** **** and ********** *** **** design ** *** **** with ******* ******** ** mind, ******** *** ********** access ******** **** **** manufacturers ** *** ********* option.

*******, ********** ****** ******* specifications *** *********** *** not ***** ******** ***** enough ** *** ****** process ** ****** **** design. ** * ******, the '*******' ** ************ hardware ** * ****** issue. ** *** ******** that ******, ** ******* how ** ********* ***** retrofit ****** ** ****.

Two ***** ** ***** ********

****** ********* ********* *** two ********* ***** ** glass ********. *** ****** control ******* *** **** widely ***** ** ***** type ** ****.

Thin ******

** **** ****** *********** and ********** *********, ***** doors *** ********* ****** and ******* ** ***** sections.

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***** ******** *** ***** use ******* ****** ******** like *******, ********, ** latch ********** ** **** as '*** *******' ** 'glass **** ***' ******** are ****.

Frameless *****

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*** ***** ****, **** challenging ** **** ****, is '*********' ** ****-******* glass ********, **** ********** called '*********' *** ** a ****** *****.

***** ***** **** ** framing ***** *** ***** no ***** ** *********** hardware *******************.

**** ***** ** ***** used ** *************** *********** or ********** ******** *** can ***** **** ********* to **** ***** **** can ** ********* ******* factory **************.

********, **** ** *** glass ** *******-******** ** mount *****, ********** ** cabling *** ********** ******** can ** ******* ********* since ***** ** ** raceway ** ******** ** conceal *******.

Retrofit ****** *******

******* ********* ** ****** control ******* *** *********, or *** ** ******, to ***** ** ***** doors.

*** ***** ****** ***** we ******* ******* *** thin ** ********* ***** doors:

  • *******
  • *******
  • ********
  • ********** *****

*******

** **** *****, ***** can ******* * **** mullion ** ****-******* ****** to ******* * ***** door. *******, **** ** frame ******, ** ** a ********* ******* ** used, ******* ***** ************ issues *** ** ******* reader ****** ** *** door **********.

*** ***** ************, * wireless (*******-*******) ****** ** an ******. ******** **** adhesive **** *** ***** batteries ** **** *** unit ** ***** ******* any ******:

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*** ********** *-*** ******, examined ********** ****** ******* **** Reader, ** *** ******. However, ******* ***********, ******* credential ****** *******, *** adhesive ******** *******/***** **** time *** ** * big *********** *******.

******* ******** ****** ** OEM'd ************** ******* ******. *** unit ***** ~$**, *** as ***** ****** ** ***: ***** Buttons ** ******** *******?** ******** *** ******* step ** ***** * button ***** ** '****-**' the **** **** *********** mode ** ***** ** conserve ******* ****.

*******

** *********** *****, ******** strikes *** *** ********* adaptable ** **** **** glass ********* *****. ** design, *** ****** ****** is ** ******** **** of * ***** *** so *** **** ** present *** ** ************** releasing ******* ** ** fitted.

*** **** ******, **** strikes *** **** ** control ***** *****, **** are ****** ******* *** specification **** * **** adjacent **** ***** *** door **** ***** ** not ****.

*******, ** ***** ******** surrounded ** ******** ******, strike ************* ********* **** a '***** **** ********' option ** ***** *** keeper ** ******** ********* *** **** ************** *** ***** **** leaf. *** **** ********* runs ~**% **** ********* than ************ *******, *** still ********* **** **** $500 *** ****.

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************ ******** ** ********* glass ***** *** ** an ******, *** **** when *** **** **** a *** ****. ******* manufacturers ***** ***** * 'saddle' ******** *********** ****** **** **** the *** **** ** the **** *** ** armature ** *****.

*** ******* ** **** approach ** **** ** drilling ** ***** ****** to *** **** ** required, *** *** ****** assembly ** ****** **** the **** ** **** and *** ******* ** energized. ** **** *****, the ******* ** **** in ***** **** * compression **** ******** ** set ****** *** ****** be ***** ** ***** loose.

Door ****** ********

***** *** *** *** door/armature ************ ** **** glass *****, *** *** assembly ***** ******** *** door ** ** ******* in ** ******* ********* a *** ***** ** anchor *** ******:

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***** **** *********** *** be ********* ** **** glass ********, ** ********* is *** ** ****-****** doors ** ***** **** a *********** ************* ********** value, ***** ** **** building ******* ** *******.

Dangerous ******** *** ********

**** ******** *** *** double *********** ******** *** doors ******* *******. *******, these ******** *** ********* not ******** *** *** because ** *** ******* they *******:

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** *** *** ******* is ******* ***** ***** units ***** ******* **** due ** ******* ****** doors, ** ****** ******** occupants ** **** **** from ********. ******** **** the ********* ******** *** cause *** ******* ** jamb * **** ******, or ********* ******* ****** and **** ****** ** consulted ****** ***.

Unnetworked, ********** **** *****

******* ********* **** ********** * ******** ******, card ******, *** ********** deadbolt **** ****** ** a **** ******* ********. Instead, *** **** **** an ********-****** ******** **** that ******* **** *** lock *** ****** ***** to *** ***** ****.

*** *******-******* ********** **** uses ****** **** ** MIFARE *********** *****, *** is *** *********** ** existing ****** ******* *** is ******** ******* *** standalone.

*** ***** **** ********** lock ** ********* **** online ******* *** ~$***, but ** ********* ********** when ********* **** ******* or ** ******.

UV ***** *****

**** ********** **** *********-**** adhesives ** **** ***** lock ****** ** ***** using *****-****** (**) ***** glues ******** **** ** the ********** ********. * manufacturer ************ *** ******* glue ******:

**** **** ******** ***** surfaces **** ******* ********, wearing ********** ******/*******, *** having * ******** **** of ******** ** **** to **** *** **** is ********.

*******, ** **** ** taken ** ******** ****** instructions, ** ****** ******* can **** *** ***** of ******* **** ******* issue.

******** ** ** **** kits ************** ***(~$**) ************(~$**) *** ******** ********* by **** ********* ** mounting ************, *** ***** equipment **** ** ***** and ******** *** ***** sold **********.

******* ***** *******, ** may ** ******** ** mount '***********' ******** ** glass ***** ********-** ***** ****-******** ************ ******* ******** ******.

High *****

****** ******** * ******* up ** * **** may **** ****, *** installing ** ******** **** glue ***** '****-***'. ********, using *** ******** ***** with *****.

*** ***** ** ***** required ** **** * successful ****, *** *** materials/cleaners ****** *** ******* specific ** *** ********** type *** ****** ** no *********** ** ******* for ***** *************.

******* ********* **** ** be ********* ** **** can **** *** ***** when *******, *** ****** metal ** ****, ***** doors **** ** *********** at ***. ****** *** installer *********** ***** *** armature ***** ** ****, the ******* *** ***** the ****.

Failed ****

**** * **** *****, it ******* ** ** immediate ******** **** *** is **** ********* ** repair **** **** *** hardware.

*** ********* **** ****** simply ** ******* ** sanded ***. **** * glued **** *****, ** often ******* ** *** replacement ** *** **** and ******* ********.

Breakable ****

******* ** *** *** glass ****** *** ********* hammered *****, *** ******* bond ** ***** ******** can ********* ** ******** by ******** ** *****.

***** *** ********* *** generally **** ********* ** jolting ***** **** ***, cold, *********** ******* *********, glued ******** ** ********** to ********* *** ********** to ********** ******** *******.

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*****, **** ***** ******** glass, ****** ** ******* or *** **** ************.

******* **’* ********. *** what ***** ******** *****?

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******** ***** ****** ***. It's **** ****** ** clean ** *********. ****, laminate ***** ** ***** tempered ****** ** ** laminated.

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******** ***** ****** ***.

**** *** ******** ***** literally ******** *** ***** panel **** ********** **** in *** *********, ******* of *** **** ******** stress.

********* ***** **** *** be ********. ** *** be ****** ** *******, but ** ** ** least ********.

*** *******, **** ***** shows ******* **** ******* ***** *** *** with “********** ** ********* glass” *** ******** ********* for *********:

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* ** ******* ** anyone *** *** ********** with *** ****** ********* "V ****" ** * glass **** ***********? *** manufacturer's ******* ***** *** device ***** ******* **** a ** ****. ** my ***** ** ********** I've ***** ***** ** installing * ******* ****** with ****....IPVM Image

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"*******, ********** ****** ******* specifications *** *********** *** not ***** ******** ***** enough ** *** ****** process ** ****** **** design." **** ** ***. For ******* '**** **** they ********?' *******, *** and ****** ******* * vinyl & ***** *****-***** locking **** ***.

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* **** ****** **** and **** ***** **** doors, ********** ** *** main *******, ***** *** architect *** ** ****** "The **********" *** *** building ** ****** *** the *** ****** **** they **** **.

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****** ******* *** "*********" glass ***** ** ******** to ***** ********* ********* in *** ***** ***** the ****.

** **** ****, ** a ****** ********* ***********, a ********* ******* ** the *-****, **** *** active **** ** ***** level, *** ***** ***** were ******** ***** ****** or ****** *** **** (hours) ********* ** "******" passengers. *** **** ********* in **** ***** *** the **** *********** ** the *****, *** **** was ******* ** **** of ********** ***********.

******* ** *** ********** challenged ** "*********" ************ for ********** ******** ("*** effect", ******* *******/******** ***** doors, ***.), ** ****... Even **** *** ***** door ** "*********" ** the ****, ***, *** right *****, (**** "** hinges"), ** ***** ******** (and ******** ** *** initial ********) ** * mechanism "****** *****" *** bottom **** ****** , and * "*******" ******* on *** ******** (********) top ****** (**** **** like * ****-****** *********, where ***** *** ** the ****** ******** ****) We **** ****, *** are, ********** ******* *** such * *********/********** ********* - **** ******* ********** assistance ** ****.

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** **** ****, *** are, ********** ******* *** such * *********/********** *********

*** *** ******* ** open *** **** ** just ****** **?

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*** ***** ** *** are:

********* - ** **** (swing) *** ****.

********** - ** ****** the ****.

*** - ** *** looking *** **** *******...

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