The Installation of the Commercial Door

Commercial Doors

For convenience and a professional appearactance, you can add a commercial door to your business. Commercial doors provide the best protection for your company, and they are durable, long-lasting, and can enhance the appearance of your business.

This door is best for businesses that prioritize the safety and security of their assets, workers, and clients. Most commercial doors are used by warehouses, industrial buildings, shopping centers, and other big businesses.

Proper installation of doors is crucial for long-term performance and longevity. You might be curious about how to install commercial doors, and it is how to install commercial doors properly:

Prepare the Needed Materials

Before you can begin the process, make sure that you have the right tools and equipment to install hollow metal doors frames. This project requires the preparation of the following materials and tools:

  • Drill
  • Crowbar
  • Hammer
  • 4-Foot level
  • Measuring tape
  • 1.5-inch tapping screws.
  • No. 2 cross-head screwdriver
  • Steel door frame (make sure it counts on jamb clips)
  • Hollow metal door frame clips (3 anchors per side)

Remove Existing Molding

If you are replacing an existing door frame, remove it carefully with a crowbar. Take off the top molding. Next, remove the middle and bottom moldings. Continue this process until the entire frame is removed.

You can use your screwdriver to remove the hinges. Finally, drill the metal frame, including the sills and jambs.

Check the Rough Opening

Look for the markings or numbers on the door to locate the correct door. You can find the mark number on the label, on the top channel, on the bottom channel, or stamped into the hinge support. These are some things to look out for:

  • The condition of the floor;
  • The width and height of the door’s frame; and
  • The strike type, the hinge size, and the closure mounting.

To measure the frame’s width, use your measuring tape starting at the exterior side of the jambs. You will need to add half an inch more to this measurement.

For its height, add 1/4 inch to the measurement of your frame. Make sure the floor is level. If it is not level, we recommend adding 0.5 inches to the header, and it will give you enough space to properly level the frame.

Unpack the door. To ensure you have the right door, frame, and hardware set, verify that the door is aligned with the drawing.

Check the Measurement

Before you begin door installation, ensure that the opening in the frame is correct in width, level, and square. It can lead to problems with door fit and function if they are not correctly measured.

If necessary, ensure that the fire label is on the frame and door. You should review the hardware schedule. If the information is not correct, contact your distributor.

Set Frame into The Opening

Now, it is time to attach the frame to the opening. Remember to use your hammer when bending the anchor ties. It would be best if you also centered the frame on each side. Make sure to align the top jamb of your door horizontally.

Next, attach the anchors for the hollow metal door frame to the hinge side. Use two screws per clip. This step must be performed directly opposite the strike side. Three screws are required if you want to install jambs greater than 6 inches.

Finally, attach the ceiling and floor jamb steel bolts. It is done by placing the studs against the frames.

For doors 30 inches and larger, jamb anchors must be placed at the top of each frame. It is also good to use more clips on the frames for doors 7 feet or higher.

Apply The Hinges

Compare the hinge locations on your door and the frames to locate the top of the door. To allow for clearance between the frame and the door when installed, the top hinge location will not be as precise as the frame.

Make sure to inspect the reinforcements and screw holes in the door and frame for foreign material. Clean out any grout, filler, or paint residues from the support.

Use a screwdriver or tap to clean out any foreign matter from screw holes. Refer to the submittals or hardware schedule to verify whether you are using heavy or standard weight hinges.

Standard weight hinges can be attached to doors using the machine screws supplied by the hinge manufacturer. Be careful not to tighten the machine screws.

Complete the Installation

Move the door closer to the opening by standing it up. To support the weight, place a wooden wedge or another support under the door.

Make sure to align the door’s top hinge with the cutout for the top hinge on your frame. To support the door’s weight, the top hinge is usually installed first. Install the hinges at the top hinge location using the machine screws supplied by the hinge manufacturer.

Install the bottom and middle hinges. Take out the wooden wedge or any other support under the door. Check that the door is closed and sufficient clearance between the frame’s rabbet and the door’s edge. The door should be able to swing freely.

Install the lockset, closer, or any other auxiliary hardware. Install the lockset and make sure the strike is correctly engaged by opening and closing the door. Before covering the wall, make sure your door frame is appropriately set up. Make sure everything is in order.

Professionals are always available to help you with the installation of your door. You can rest assured that your commercial door installation will be flawless, and you can be confident that they will know how to install a commercial door.

The Industrial Door Company of Chicago, Inc. can help you with your commercial door installation and maintenance. We do not just offer the best products and services; we also give tips on how to maintain the quality of your doors for the longest time. To learn more about our products and services, contact us now.

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