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Do I need a door closer? The Rutland Door Closers

Updated: Oct 11


Rutland Door Closers are one of the door closing solutions we offer at Architectural Design Hardware.



Rutland is a manufacturer of high quality and efficient door closers and controls. Zanda Architectural exclusively distributes a select collection of Rutland door controls suited for the rigors of Australian conditions. Available through Architectural Design Hardware in Perth.


A door closer provides assistance when opening a door and closing a door. This can be in the form of ease to open, and a controlled closing action. It may provide a hold open action to keep the door at 90 degrees or greater. It will have a latching speed for a slow gentle close so as not to catch figures. It allows big heavy doors to open with ease and close without crushing you. It provides you the access in or out with minimal effort.


The Rutland Door Closer


The Rutland door closer has been used in Buckingham Palace (London) through to the largest shopping centers in Europe. Rutland products feature on millions of doors worldwide. In fact, a Rutland door closer is currently sold every 31.57 seconds.


Rutland Floor Closer

The Rutland floor closer range is ideal for locations such as hospitals and care homes where easy opening is essential. Also commonly used in residential front pivot doors, the TS7000 Floor Springs can be used on Timber Doors, Glass Doors or Aluminum Doors making them ideally suited for both residential and commercial applications.

Rutland Cam Action Closer


Cam action door closers are renowned for their high efficiency and ease of opening – proof of the elegant engineering that has made us famous

The Rutland Range


The Rutland door control range provides Architects, Designers and home owners better choices. They offer clever solutions to door problems. Whatever your application be it environment or aesthetic, the Rutland machine offers durable, cost-effective door closers that are easy to install and enhance the end users experience.


View the Rutland Door Closer catalog PDF here


Door Closer Location


A door closer is usually used on a hinged door. But of course there are other styles of door closer for sliding doors, and pivot doors. Pivot doors may have a floor spring door closer or a transom closer that sits at the top in the frame. On a sliding door you may use a soft closer where a sliding door track is used. There are a variety of door closing options available in todays market. We hope we can give you an insight into some of them.


Some door closer are concealed with minimal exposure while others have a cover plate or are external like a typical door closer you see at the top hinged corner of the door. Some door closers are automatic and electronic, while others are mechanical.


Door Weight


When selecting a door closer you need to consider the weight of the door and how often the door is being opened and closed. Is it for residential or is it on a high volume traffic door like a café door? Maybe it is being used on an office door or entry door. These are considerations that will define the type and strength of door closer you select.


The wider and heavier the door is, the greater the force required to control it. You may also require a stronger power size to overcome air pressure in a small room.


Door Opening Closing Strength


Door closers come in a variety of strengths. Most closers are adjustable, and the strength varies between EN1 and EN6. The weight of the door along with size of the door play an important part in determining the best solution. There are some door applications that may require a special type of closer, such as a hold open feature. These are features you need to choose for the door application yo are providing.


The door closer strength at EN1 is designed for persons with disability or strength issues. At EN1 the door is very easy to push open and close. The closing speed is adjustable as is the latching speed, and back check operation. At EN6 we are talking big heavy doors around 200kg where closing speed and ease of access is required. Knowing the type of use the door will be receiving and its weight will help determine the EN rating needed.


Closer EN Ratings


For most internal residential and office doors an EN rating of 2-3 is suitable as these doors are generally hollow core and therefore light weight (40-60kg). For entry doors of standard sizing that are used regularly an EN rating of 3-4 is recommended as these doors are usually solid core, big and heavy (60-80kg). When doors are extra large and heavy an EN rating of 5-6 is recommended (80kg and up).


For disabled or older persons an EN rating of 1-2 is recommended depending on the door weight (up to 20kg-40kg). These are usually located on commercial toilet doors.


Usage Rating


Door closers are also tested for usage, or the number of times the door is opened. There are generally three different levels of usage, and door closers will specify which level they are most suited for. You have low usage or around 10,000 cycles per year. This equates to opening a door 27+/- times a day. A medium usage from around 10,000 to 100,000 cycles per year. And a high usage of around 100,000 to 500,000 cycles per year.


High traffic situations like hospitals, restaurants, shopping centers, schools and supermarkets will require a high cycle rating to cope with the traffic. While home based traffic will require the lower end rating.


Fly Screen Doors Pneumatic Door Closer


Fly screen doors are different again and of very light aluminum construction. Usually consisting a aluminum frame and a fly wire fill. There weight is usually well under 20 kg range. They have their own style of pressure pump action closer suited to light weight doors. However if the door has added class or Perspex sheeting, the weight of the door increase and will require a heavy duty screen door closer.


Closer Terms


Delayed Action


The delayed action feature allows the door to remain open for a period of time before closing at an adjustable speed.


Backcheck


A backcheck option prevents the door being thrown open and prevents damage to the door, the door frame and the door handles. Happens a lot and is generally caused by people kicking or forcibly throwing the door open. It will also prevent damage if the wind takes hold when the door is left open.


Closing Speed


The closing speed determines how quickly the door closes after being opened. This helps prevent persons who are disabled, the elderly and young children extra time to pass through the door safely before getting trapped.


Latching Speed


Just before the door is about to bang shut, the latching speed enables you to adjust the speed of the last few degrees of closing so that the door closes gently.


Conclusion


Care must be taken when selecting the door closer that best suites the application. The closer must adequately control the door to suite the environment. Of course the closer must comply with relevant standards and building regulations be it home, apartment, office, or industrial. Talk to our sales staff about your needs.


Other door closers we offer at ADH include:

DormaKaba, Lockwood, Gainsborough, Trio, Rutland, Feathers, Fristjurgen, JNF, Getze. View our selection here

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