Exit Devices For Commercial Doors
Exit devices, or more commonly known panic bars or push bars, enable people to open doors easily in the event of an emergency. Exit devices are operated from inside of the door where a bar is pushed to retract the latch and open the door. They are designed to allow people to move quickly through the door opening and are often required through building code for public access buildings. There are three main types of exit device: rim, mortise, and vertical rod.
- A rim exit device is typically used on single, out swinging doors where the strike is mounted to the door frame and the latch extends from the device. When a person approaches the exit, they press on the push bar mechanism to open and exit. They are commonly used for exit-only doors, classrooms and storerooms. If a double door application is needed, a mullion is installed between doors with rim exit devices attached on either side.
- A mortise exit device includes a mortise lock that requires a pocket to be cut into the edge of the door where the lock is fitted and the strike plate is mounted to the door face, controlling the mortise lock. These are commonly used in high traffic areas or where high security needs exist.
- Vertical rod exit devices are most commonly used for double doors with top and bottom rods that extend into the door frame. When the panic bar is pressed, the rods release the lock and open the door. Both surface vertical rods and concealed vertical rods are available, depending on aesthetic desires.
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