Tips For Getting Your Door Hardware Schedule Right The First Time

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With attention to specifying door hardware correctly from the start, you can conserve project time, ensure safety, stay clear of code violations, and avoid extra costs.

Your hardware schedule is where you’ll define the specific details of each piece of hardware and identify how many of each the project will need.

What you need to consider when compiling a door hardware schedule will depend on the type of opening, application, location, volume of traffic, local code requirements, and other factors. Every project has its own unique requirements.

How Do You Get Your Door Hardware Schedule Right?

Keep these things in mind:

  • Location and purpose of the opening (e.g., entrance, restroom, storage closet, etc.)
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  • Traffic volume
  • Type of door (e.g., flush, full glass, half glass, etc.)
  • Door material (e.g., wood, hollow metal, glass, stainless steel, etc.)
  • Frame type and material
  • Dimensions of the door (opening width/height and door thickness)
  • Elevations (because stile and rail dimensions could impact hardware selection)
  • Single or pair
  • Handing
  • Fire rating
  • Special conditions or needs (e.g. access control, automatic operators, hold opens, etc.)

After reviewing the requirements, be very specific when noting which door hardware should be used. Not all door hardware is created equal. It’s best to include the specific products you want to be used, rather than generally identifying a type of hardware by grade or type (e.g., grade 2 or cylindrical lock). If you don’t, you might end up with hardware that’s of poor quality and that delivers substandard performance. Always include specific details, such as manufacturer, model number, options, and finish. Also, make sure you’re accurate with the quantities needed for each piece of hardware.

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Doing it right the first time will be time well spent.

Although it may seem like a tremendous task, spending the time upfront to specify door hardware correctly can save you from a lot of headaches in the long run. If you specify the wrong hardware or miss hardware pieces in your schedule, you might cause change orders, project delays, and extra expense. Nobody likes those kinds of surprises, so it pays to do it right the first time.

If you don’t have the time or in-house expertise to specify door hardware on your own, contact DORMA at 844-773-2669 about our comprehensive Architectural Hardware Specifications services.