Types of Panic Bars for Commercial Doors
Types of Panic Bars for Commercial Doors
Panic bars are essential safety devices for commercial doors. They allow occupants to easily and quickly exit a building in case of an emergency. There are several types of panic bars available on the market, each with its own unique features and benefits. In this article, we will discuss the three main types of panic bars: rim, surface vertical rod, and concealed vertical rod panic bars.
Rim Panic Bars
Rim panic bars, also known as "crash bars" or "exit devices," are the most common type of panic bar. They are typically installed on the surface of the door and are activated by pushing on the horizontal bar. When the bar is pushed, the latch mechanism is released, allowing the door to swing open. Rim panic bars are easy to install and maintain, and are suitable for most types of commercial doors.
Surface Vertical Rod Panic Bars
Surface vertical rod panic bars are similar to rim panic bars, but have vertical rods that extend from the top and bottom of the door to the floor. These rods latch into the strike plates on the door frame, providing extra security and preventing the door from being forced open. Surface vertical rod panic bars are ideal for use on doors that are wider than standard size, as they provide additional stability and support.
Concealed Vertical Rod Panic Bars
Concealed vertical rod panic bars are similar to surface vertical rod panic bars, but the vertical rods are concealed within the door. This makes the panic bar more aesthetically pleasing, as the rods are not visible from the exterior of the door. Concealed vertical rod panic bars are ideal for use on glass doors, as they do not detract from the door's appearance. However, they are more complex to install and maintain than rim or surface vertical rod panic bars.
Contact Automatic Door and Hardware for Your Panic Bar Needs
At Automatic Door and Hardware, we are experts in commercial doors and door hardware. We carry a wide range of panic bars, including rim, surface vertical rod, and concealed vertical rod panic bars. Our experienced team can help you select the right panic bar for your needs and provide professional installation and maintenance services. Contact us today to learn more!
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