I’m in Carmel, Indiana tonight, to work on a project with the Allegion Marketing team tomorrow. I stopped at an outdoor mall to replace something I forgot to pack (I know some of you are tempted to guess what I forgot, but let’s let it go and focus on the question below :)). As I was checking out the variety of doors in the mall, mostly aluminum storefront, it reminded me that I’ve been meaning to get some input on this:
What is your preferred method for hanging an aluminum storefront door, and why? What are the considerations – aesthetics, function, durability…others?
Pair 1 has butt hinges – I didn’t whip out my tape measure, but 4 hinges per door leaf usually indicates a door that is more than 90 inches tall.
Pair 2 – Hinges again…what do you think about the back-to-back pulls with no horizontal push bar across the glass?
Pair 3 has 3 hinges per leaf, and an application that’s one of my (many) pet peeves. If you know what it is, what product application would you propose instead?
Pair 4 – I went through a pivot phase at one point…probably because of the fancy projects I was working on at the time. Do any of you have a preference for pivots? This pair has only top and bottom pivots. Also – the bottom rails don’t meet the requirement for a 10″ flush surface.
Pair 5 has intermediate pivots along with the top and bottom set. What about these pulls? Do you think they meet the accessibility standards?
Pair 6 has geared continuous hinges. If continuous hinges are your preference for aluminum storefront, do you like to use geared or pin-in-barrel type?
This is unrelated to the hinge question, but I was looking for a photo of a rain drip the other day and saw this one at the mall. If I’m remembering my hardware school lessons correctly, there appears to be a problem with the installation of the drip…can anyone see the issue?
Also unrelated but I saw this during my shopping trip and thought it was kinda cool…the storefront shown here is actually printed on fabric to cover a temporary wall during construction. There’s a temporary door under the fabric, and the creative locking method is pictured below.