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What is the difference between rim and mortise panic devices?

Difference between Rim and Mortise Panic Devices

When it comes to commercial doors, panic devices are a necessary safety feature. Panic devices allow people to exit a building quickly and easily in the event of an emergency. There are two main types of panic devices: rim panic devices and mortise panic devices. While they serve the same purpose, there are some key differences between them that are important to consider when choosing the right panic device for your commercial door.

Rim Panic Devices

A rim panic device, also known as a rim exit device, is a panic device that is mounted on the surface of the door. Rim panic devices are the most common type of panic device and are often used on commercial doors that do not have a mortise lock installed. They are also a good choice for doors that have glass panels or other decorative features that would make it difficult to install a mortise panic device.

One of the main advantages of rim panic devices is that they are easy to install. They are mounted on the surface of the door, which means that there is no need to cut a hole in the door for installation. Rim panic devices are also easy to replace or upgrade, as they can be removed from the door without causing any damage.

Rim panic devices come in a variety of styles and sizes, making it easy to find one that will fit your specific door. They are also often less expensive than mortise panic devices, which can make them a good choice for businesses that need to install panic devices on multiple doors.

Mortise Panic Devices

A mortise panic device is a panic device that is installed into a mortise lock that is built into the door. Mortise panic devices are often used on commercial doors that have a mortise lock installed, as they provide a higher level of security than rim panic devices.

One of the main advantages of mortise panic devices is their high level of security. Mortise locks are built into the door and provide a stronger and more secure locking mechanism than surface-mounted locks. This makes mortise panic devices a good choice for doors that require a higher level of security, such as exterior doors.

Another advantage of mortise panic devices is that they are less visible than rim panic devices. Since the lock is built into the door, the panic device is less noticeable from the outside. This can be an advantage for businesses that want to maintain a certain aesthetic while still providing a safe exit option for their employees and customers.

One potential disadvantage of mortise panic devices is that they can be more difficult and expensive to install. The mortise lock must be built into the door, which can require more time and expertise than simply mounting a panic device on the surface of the door. Additionally, if the mortise lock fails, it can be more difficult and expensive to replace than a surface-mounted panic device.

Choosing the Right Panic Device

When it comes to choosing the right panic device for your commercial door, there are a few factors to consider. First and foremost, you should consider the level of security that you require. If you need a high level of security, a mortise panic device may be the better choice. Rim and mortise panic devices are both popular options for commercial buildings and facilities, but they each have their unique advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, the choice between the two will depend on the specific needs of the building and the preferences of the owner or manager.

At Automatic Door and Hardware, we offer a wide range of panic devices, including both rim and mortise options. Our team of experts can help you determine which device is right for your building and guide you through the installation process.

No matter which panic device you choose, it’s important to ensure that it is installed properly and maintained regularly. Panic devices are a crucial component of any commercial building’s safety and security system, and should not be overlooked. Contact Automatic Door and Hardware today to learn more about our panic devices and how we can help you keep your building safe and secure.

Commercial door panic bars and exit device hardware are available at www.autodoorandhardware.com.

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