Door operation refers to the diverse variety of door typologies and strategies for closing and securing a space. Designed for a range of everyday uses in buildings including homes, offices, retail and public spaces, and industrial settings, the choice of door operation is essential for controlling the environment and the flow of people from the exterior to the interior of a space. Common everyday forms of door operation include swinging doors, sliding doors, folding doors, revolving doors, and overhead shutter doors.
Door hand conventions are descriptions used when specifying door hardware, such as door closers and locksets. Door handings are based on viewing the door from the outside (secure/key side) of a space and differ based on the location of the hinges and the direction in which the door opens.
Left Hand (LH): Hinges on left, door opens into room
Right Hand (RH): Hinges on right, door opens into room
Left Hand Reverse (LHR): Hinges on left, door opens to outside
Right Hand Reverse (RHR): Hinges on right, door opens to outside
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Swinging doors, also commonly known as hinged doors, operate by turning on hinges installed on a side jamb. When pulled or pushed, a swing door pivots around the jamb and the threshold. These doors require designers to verify required clearances of the door swing to make sure that there is enough space for the door to fully open. The swing door is the most commonly used door system because of its convenience in allowing access and passage.
Benefits: Effective for weather proofing and acoustic and thermal insulation
Use: Exterior and interior
Fire Rated: Possible
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