Our customers at LockNet have a wide range of questions regarding their door and lock hardware, but the main question almost everyone asks is how long we expect their purchases to hold up in high traffic areas. While I wish we could give a solid answer every single time, there are myriad of factors.
One of the main things you should consider is whether or not you’re in a high traffic area. Of course, proper grade hardware is a must for combatting the wear and tear that comes along with high traffic, and that alone can save the customer hundreds of dollars in the long run on their door and lock hardware purchases. As a customer of LockNet, we investigate your hardware grades.
Then we track the warranty on your door and lock hardware. We keep track of all of that information in-house so it’s easy for us to make sure you get the most out of your warranties. Eric Eastwood and I even did a two-part video in a recent video newsletter that you can access here.
We don’t just focus on your hardware grade and warranties, though. There are a few other ways you can increase the durability of your door and lock hardware in high traffic areas.
What You Need for High Traffic Entryways
Door closers are a big deal for LockBytes. They are key in many situations but especially in entryways where you may experience a lot of traffic. When you have customers opening and closing your doors several times throughout the day, this can cause the average door closer to weaken over time and eventually lead to the slamming of your door.
Can you imagine listening to a door slam hundreds of times throughout the day? I would probably pull my hair out.
A heavy duty door closer is going to prevent that. It’s built to withstand the number of customers who come in and out a high traffic area. The weaker your door closer, the faster your door is going to slam, the faster you damage your door and lock hardware. That is definitely something you want to avoid.
Pricing on heavy-duty door closers is a little more expensive up front, but that is offset by the cost you would spend on repairs and replacements of your door and lock hardware if you were to buy a regular door closer.
Heavy Duty Hinges
High traffic areas can put a great deal of strain on your hinges, and that, my friends, can be very bad news. Many hinges aren’t built to withstand a lot of use, so, before long, you may notice squeaking or screeching sounds. Worn out hinges can also lead to misaligned doors and that can cause your door to drag causing damage to both the door and the hinges ON the door.
A heavy-duty hinge, on the other hand, is going to be able to handle that type of weight and pressure. This is why these are perfect options for door and lock hardware used in high traffic areas. Again, heavy-duty hinges are going to cost you more money in the beginning, but the savings will be made up in the long run and something to keep in mind while putting together your budget for your facility.
Spring Assisted Dead Stops
A dead stop absorbs the impact from the door arm and prevents the door from opening far enough to cause damage. If you’re dealing with customers coming in and out all day long, this is definitely something you need. Otherwise, on top of dealing with scratched up door and lock hardware, you’re also going to have to caulk and repaint certain areas on your wall where the door constantly bangs into it.
If you get a door closer with a spring assisted dead stop, it will have an arm that slowly absorbs the impact from the opening door and saving your building walls from the inevitable nicks and dings. This is also helpful if you have a door that is constantly getting caught by the wind and blown open. The amount of force exerted onto the arm is decreased and your walls are safe.
Most people forget about the protective hardware they can apply to their doors that can help in high traffic areas. Kick plates and armor plates are great options if you are tired of scuff marks and damaged doors.
These plates are almost always made of metal and placed at the bottom of the door. They help protect the door from any damage caused by rolling carts, shoe scuffs, and any other items that may crash into the door.
These are heavily used in healthcare facilities, restaurants, and other busy facilities that endure a lot of foot traffic. This is a great and inexpensive way to help keep your door and lock hardware in good shape over time.
Getting the Most Out of Your Door and Lock Hardware
If you’re interested in beefing up your door and lock hardware, we’d love to show you how. We understand that getting the most out of your money is important and we’re happy to help and that includes giving you guidance where you might not be sure.
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