Frequently Asked Questions

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Will balanced doors meet all codes?

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With proper consultation and design, Ellison can provide guidance regarding code issues. However, door manufacturers are not code officials, and therefore actual code compliance must be determined by the local code enforcement Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) over the specific project location.

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Do balanced doors meet ADA standards?

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Yes. Ellison balanced doors utilizing the proper finished hardware items and mounting locations can be designed as a complete system to meet all ADA standards.

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Can balanced doors accommodate accessories such as power openers?

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Yes. Ellison balanced doors can be equipped with "Low Energy" (ANSI/BHMA A156.19) type power operators. Our "Power Now" overhead-concealed configuration, which utilizes an actuating arm that is not directly connected to the door, will reduce wear on expensive operator components. Our power operators can connect to building fire detection systems to automatically open the door to a full 90-degree hold-open position. This allows for the evacuation of occupants, the escape of smoke, and the entrance of fresh air.

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Can I add custom elements to a balanced door?

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Balanced doors are a great option when customized doors are needed. In some cases, adding ornamentation (castings, grilles, panels, appliqués) adds a tremendous amount of weight to a door. Marrying this to a balanced door still allows the user to open the door using less force than that of a swing door. When using additional items, please keep in mind that due to the elliptical swing path of the balanced door, (2/3 projecting outward and 1/3 inward) ½-inch is the maximum projection off the exterior face of the door (at the hinge side).

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Other than the balanced hardware, do I have restrictions on other finished hardware I specify?

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The balanced system will cover your hinging and closing requirements. Therefore, items such as push/pulls, panics, locks, electronic hardware and thresholds will still require considerations. Almost all finished hardware used on a typical swing door can also be used on a balanced door.

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What is the maximum size of a balanced door?

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In general terms, the maximum size is 48" wide x 144" high. However, the actual size of a balanced door is determined with each project and depends on the frequency of use, the application, door configuration (stile and rail, tempered glass, narrow stile), and the materials used to construct the door.

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