What is an Access Door?
, as the name implies, are useful for providing access to an area that requires some level of protected entry. Access Doors, also called Access Panels, are used in a wide variety of applications including drywall
, and universal
. Access Doors come in a number of different materials to meet design and specification needs. Access Door can be used to provide easy access to plumbing fixtures, ceiling spaces, roof access
, special enclosures
, and many others.
Selecting an Access Door
The selection of an access door will depend on the following criterion:
- Application: Selection of an Access Door / Access Panel is primarily contingent upon the application in which it will be used. Access Doors can be simple flush mount universal, drywall, plaster, external, fire rated insulated, fire rated non-insulated, floor, and ceiling. Drywall access doors often have parts that can be mudded over, while fire rated doors can be insulated to keep the heat and cold in a room. Floor access doors are often able to take a lot of weight while ceiling doors are designed to be easy to open for access to the ceiling.
- Material: Most access doors are grey colored prime-coated steel, and in most cases, the door must be painted. Other access door materials include stainless steel, aluminum, and plastic. You will also want to consider the thickness of the steel, called the gauge. Most access doors feature materials between 18 and 14 gauge. Selecting the right material will help you to pick a door that not only works well, but matches where it is being installed.
- Size: Access Door sizes vary widely from 6” x 6” to 72” x 48”. In most cases, you will measure the rough opening where you need the access door to determine the door size. Custom sizes are typically available via special order. Typical lead time for special order access doors is 6 to 8 weeks. Most access doors also have a flange that sticks out to provide a flush look to the door, typically the flange is not included in the door sizing.
- Lock Type: Another thing to consider when selecting an access door is what type of lock will the door have. Now while the doors do not always have to have a lock, providing some form of deterrent can help to ease your peace of mind, as well as provide security to whatever the access door is covering up. There are many different types of locks such as hand latches for less secure applications and cylinder key locks for more secure. Browse the different lock types below, and click the lock you are interested in to see all of the access doors with that lock type.
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