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Choosing the right Door Closer to free your building from unseen barriers

Selecting the appropriate door closer is crucial for ensuring equal access to buildings for individuals of all abilities. Not all door closers are created equal, and making the right choice can be the difference between eliminating barriers and merely replacing one obstacle with another.

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Installing a door closer is often viewed as an ideal solution to facilitate access through heavy or difficult-to-open doors. By reducing the effort required to open important doors, building owners can promote inclusivity and encourage participation in various settings, such as workplaces and public spaces. However, it is important to note that not all door closers are equally effective in achieving these goals.

When it comes to accessibility, there are four key factors that architects, specification teams, security managers, and builders should consider when selecting a door closer:

  • Opening force: The force needed to open the door should be minimal to ensure truly barrier-free accessibility.
  • Closing force: The door should close fully and automatically for user convenience, energy efficiency, building security, and compliance with fire protection regulations.
  • Closing delay: The final stage of door closing can pose risks such as finger trapping, obstruction of users, or potential damage. Therefore, a door closer should be adaptable to maintain accessibility.
  • Flexibility: Since each door and building is unique, the door closer should allow for variations in the above factors where feasible.

Aesthetics is often overlooked but is another important consideration. A modern door closer should have a discreet and contemporary design that seamlessly blends with its surroundings, avoiding the institutional look.

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