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Door Closers For Commercial Building Front Entrance Doors

Automatic Door and Hardware is the leading supplier of front door closers throughout the nation. And here is why. We provide customers, building owners, business owners, and contractors quality made door closers that can withstand real world traffic or abuse commonly found on commercial front entry doors. On paper any door closer may appear "good enough" for the job of a building's main entrance door, but our front door closers are not hypothetical, instead each one is designed for heavy abuse, high traffic, and outside weather, while still functioning and operating like the first day it was installed. Order your front door closer today and receive FAST, FREE shipping!
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What Is A Front Door Closer?

A front door closer is commercial product used on main entrance doors in public buildings, office spaces, warehouses, businesses, and more that automatically close the entry door once the person has passed through it. Front door closers are different from normal door closers, since they require extra durability. A commercial front door can see thousands of pedestrians a day. In some environments, the front entrance door can see heavy abuse from pedestrians carrying shopping bags, or other objects. Front door closers are rated for high traffic and heavy abuse doors.

The Purpose Of Front Door Closers

1. Front Door Closers Help Prevent Injuries Among Disabled Pedestrians, Children, and The Elderly

Among the top reasons for installing a front door closer is definitely safety. As a building owner, business owner, or any person of authority at your building, safety is always a concern. After all, you don't want anyone getting hurt entering your store or building. Injuries can often turn into law suits, which is something no one wants to be a part of. A correctly installed front door closer can regulate the closing speed of the door, once it is opened, safely allowing pedestrians to enter or exit your building. Also, the front door closer is designed with an internal tensile spring that compresses as the front door is pulled or pushed open by a pedestrian. This makes it difficult for a pedestrian to swing the door open too fast, due to the internal door closure spring, helping prevent any damage to your front door. After all, a broken front door could mean turning away customers if you are a commercial retail store. Also, without a front door closer on the main entrance door, a pedestrian exiting the door could open the door too quickly, potentially hitting another person trying to enter the building. Likewise, other factors such as wind, could catch the front door and swing it open to unsafe speeds causing pedestrians near the door to get hit or their fingers smashed if the wind pushes the front door closed too fast. Many dangerous situations can arise if a front door closer is not used on a building's main entrance door.

2. Reduce Building Energy Consumption

During cold Winter months, buildings use a furnace system to generate heat inside of the building keeping it warm for employees or customers inside. Similarly, during warm Summer months, a building's HVAC system provides cool air within the building to keep the temperature tolerable for all. A front door closer on the building's front entrance doors will ensure that they are always closed and latched when customers or employees are not using them. This results in massive energy savings in your building. After all with an open front door, air from inside the building will rush out, causing the HVAC system to work much harder in order to maintain the desired temperature on the thermostat, resulting in very high utility bills.

3. Provides Accessibility To The Disabled

According to the ADA or the Americans With Disabilities Act, an ADA compliant interior door 1) Must not require more than 5 lbs of opening force and 2) Must take atleast 5 seconds to close from the 90 degree full open position to 12 degrees. The 5lb opening force specified in the ADA requirements refers to interior doors, and no exterior front door opening force requirement is specified. However, it is an industry standard that exterior front doors require no more than 8.5 pounds of opening force. Of course this can vary with your local jurisdiction. It is essential that the front door requires a low opening force in order to ensure that a person in a cane, wheelchair, or walker will be able to open the door. A front door with a greater opening force such as 30lbs could result in the disabled pedestrian not being able to open the front door. As a business owner, you never want to have your business inaccessible to any pedestrian.

4. Provides Security To Your Front Door

When you think of a secure front door, you think of a door that is locked and only accessible to specific personnel. It can be argued that a front door closer is the most important door component for door security. It is not uncommon for a front door to have some form of electric lock such as an electronic magnetic lock or electric strike lock. With this type of front door after hours access is achieved by a key pad with a special pin code that must be entered, or a card reader that requires an employee to present an authorized card near the card reader device. Having a front door closer on the main entrance door, ensures that the door is always latched and closed after an authorized employee uses the door. Without a front door closer, once the door is unlocked unauthorized people could piggy back into the building.

How To Order Front Door Closers

1. Identify Front Door Type

Is this front entrance door a wood door or metal door?

At Automatic Door and Hardware all of our front door closers include both hardware sets so you can install the door closer on a wood entrance door, or install it on a metal entrance door such as a security steel door or aluminum storefront glass door.

2. Identify Mounting Type

Front Door Closers can be mounted in 2 ways:
Top Jamb: Front door closer is mounted at the top of the door frame on the push side (interior side) of the door.
Parallel Arm: Front door closer mounts to the top of the door on the push side (interior side) of the door.

At Automatic Door and Hardware all of our front door closers come with all components so that the front door closer can be mounted in any of the 2 configurations listed.

3. Identify Traffic Level At Front Door

Ask yourself how often is this front door used? Is this a front entrance door into the building that gets a ton of traffic, such as school entrance door? Or is this a front door for a small private business that is only accessed by a handful of employees?

At Automatic Door and Hardware all of our front door closers are ANSI/BHMA Grade 1, the highest door closer grade a manufacturer can achieve. This means that our front door closers have been tested for over 2 million door cycles. With that being said, these front door closers have well exceeded 2 million door cycles, however the door closer grading process uses the 2 million door cycles as the benchmark to qualify for a Grade 1. You can expect a life time of use out of our front door closers. It is important to note that Grade 2 and 3 door closers are much lower grade door closers that have only been tested to pass lower door cycle counts and should not be used on commercial front doors. Door closers without a listed grade, are untested door closers for any amount of door cycles, and should not be trusted on a commercial front door.

4. Identify Duty Cycle Needed

What kind of abuse does this front door see. Is it a door that is vulnerable to vandalism such as a gas station entrance door? Or is it a front door for a yoga studio which is a non-abusive environment?

Automatic Door and Hardware offers 2 types of front door closers:
Commando Front Door Closer: This door closer is a heavy duty front door closing device. It's slim line closure body allows it to fit on nearly any front door type and will hold up in normal duty to heavy duty applications.

Commando HD Front Door Closer: This door closer is an extreme heavy duty front door closing device. It's a larger closure body with a protective cover designed to shield the closer body from any abuse. It's primary use and function is for a front door in a school or institution where abuse and vandalism is high. It features larger internal gears and springs designed for extra duty. It can also be used on front door applications with high winds.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Difference Between A Front Door Closer and A Normal Door Closer?

Although a front door closer may look the same as other door closers that are not specified as front door closers, be aware that there are big differences. Front door closers are more heavy duty than standard door closers, and feature a more durable closing spring, higher quality o-ring seals for heavy traffic, and a special synthetic hydraulic fluid for all weather types found on a front door. Installing a normal door closer on a commercial building's front door often results in a broken door closer such as leaking oil, the door slamming, etc.

Are Front Door Closers ADA Compliant?

Yes, the front door closers we sell at Automatic Door and Hardware are ADA compliant.

My Front Door Is An Aluminum Framed Glass Door. Can I Still Install A Front Door Closer?

Yes, our front door closers can easily be installed on aluminum framed glass doors. Metal self tapping screws are also included with the front door closer, so that it can be installed on aluminum door applications.