Steel door sets offer a secure and functional solution for many different workplace environments. They are extensively used as both external and internal doors in office buildings, hospitals, warehouses, education, retail and leisure. What many potential buyers may not be aware of is the variety of different steel door types and the uses suited to each one. Many people are surprised at how ubiquitous and common, steel doors are.
This industry is enormous with a market sector of about £300m in the UK alone and truly an industry in its own right, with businesses devoted exclusively to designing and manufacturing steel doors. This article offers a brief buyers’ guide aimed at business purchasers looking to equip their premises with steel doors. It is important to be aware of the type of door you need for your facility or business in order to make sure you can select a door that is fit for purpose.
There is a traditional misconception about steel door sets that they are invariably ugly, expensive and extremely heavy; giving a building the look of a military compound or bunker. While there may have been a modicum of truth in this once, steel door construction techniques have moved on significantly since. Modern steel door sets are available in a wide variety of styles and can be designed to blend in with the style of the building concerned.
These concerns are going to be at the forefront of the mind of any building owner, especially when it comes to commercial premises. The presence of valuable computer equipment, customer data and other property make offices vulnerable to break-ins and theft. At the same time, multiple electric ports, high-temperature IT suites and the strong possibility of human error in an office setting make fires more likely, and more damaging than they would be in a domestic environment.
For these reasons, a buyer should consider fitting steel door sets on areas vulnerable to fire or intrusion. These may include generator rooms, server rooms, external fire exits, kitchens and so on.
This may appear to be an obvious question, but there is a lot more that goes into steel door manufacturing than simply welding some rectangular slabs of metal together. Manufacture of such a product requires highly accurate precision engineering to include both the frame and the door blade, handles, locks, closers, vision windows and so on. The doorset then is usually finished in a colour powder coat or paint finish.
Then there is the type of steel to consider, the strength of the door and the insulation value. The choice of which will depend on what you need to use the door for.
A number of different metals are used depending on the purpose of the door. The four most common types are as follows:
Door skin thickness is an important criteria for consideration if security doors are required. Door skin thicknesses are typically 1.0mm, 1.2mm, 1.5mm, 2.00mm, 2.5mm and 3mm. The door manufacturer will be able to advise you on this criteria when they know what level of security you require. Bear in mind that doors manufactured from a 1.5mm skin are approximately 56% stronger than those manufactured from a 1.2mm skin and a 3mm skin door is approximately four times as strong as a 1.5mm skin door. Door strengths are dependant too upon the internal core and ironmongery used.
Ironmongery – the handles, locks, closers and hinges on a door all add to the integrity and security of a steel door. There are huge amounts of options available from the cheaper far-eastern options to the high security European products – all achieving different levels of security, suitability and longevity.
Purchasing steel doorsets is an important investment decision and one that a buyer needs to take seriously. It is imperative to select a door set that is fit for purpose and that will give you many years of use. A careful choice will pay dividends in security, peace of mind and value for money. Steel doors are available in all different sizes, to fit all sorts of apertures, buildings and industries. These range from modest ‘off-the-shelf’ products to bespoke doors for specialist functions.
A thorough knowledge of the market and familiarity with the different terminologies associated with steel doors will be a great asset in choosing the correct door to suit your premises. However, unless you are sure that you know exactly what you require, it is advisable to speak to a specialist manufacturer to help you.
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