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What Is The Difference Between Panic Bar and Push Pad?


What Is The Difference Between Panic Bar and Push Pad? - Automatic Door and Hardware

What Is The Difference Between Panic Bar and Push Pad?

Commercial doors require hardware that is reliable, durable, and easy to use. Two types of door hardware that are commonly used on commercial doors are panic bars and push pads. While they might look similar at first glance, there are some key differences between the two that can affect which one you choose for your building. In this article, we will explore the differences between panic bars and push pads to help you make an informed decision.

What is a Panic Bar?

A panic bar is a type of door hardware that is used to secure an exit door while still allowing for quick and easy exit in case of an emergency. Also known as an exit device, a panic bar is typically installed on doors that are required to meet local building codes or safety regulations. When the bar is pushed, the door latch is released, allowing the door to swing open easily.


What is a Push Pad?

A push pad is a type of door hardware that is similar to a panic bar in that it is used to secure an exit door while still allowing for quick and easy exit in case of an emergency. The main difference between a push pad and a panic bar is that a push pad is activated by pushing on a large, flat pad instead of a horizontal bar. Like panic bars, push pads are typically installed on doors that are required to meet local building codes or safety regulations.

Key Differences

While panic bars and push pads serve similar functions, there are some key differences between the two:

  • Activation method: Panic bars are activated by pushing on a horizontal bar, while push pads are activated by pushing on a large, flat pad.
  • Installation: Panic bars are typically installed in the center of the door, while push pads can be installed at any height on the door.
  • Aesthetics: Some building owners prefer the look of a push pad over a panic bar, as push pads can be less obtrusive and blend in better with the door.
  • Certification: Both panic bars and push pads must meet specific certification requirements, but there may be different requirements for each depending on local building codes and safety regulations.

Which One Should You Choose?

Choosing between a panic bar and a push pad will depend on several factors, including building codes, safety regulations, and personal preferences. In some cases, local building codes may require the use of a panic bar over a push pad, while in other cases, a push pad may be a more aesthetically pleasing option. It is important to consult with a professional installer or building inspector to ensure that your chosen hardware meets all relevant codes and regulations.

Conclusion

In conclusion, both panic bars and push pads are effective options for providing easy and safe egress from a building, but they differ in their applications and functionality. Panic bars are commonly used in high-traffic areas, while push pads are often used in low-traffic areas where a more discreet solution is desired. Choosing between the two ultimately depends on the specific needs of the building and its occupants. At Automatic Door and Hardware, we offer a wide selection of panic bars and push pads to meet your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our products and how we can help you ensure the safety and security of your building.
Commercial door panic bars and exit device hardware are available at www.autodoorandhardware.com.

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