Before installing your access doors, you must ensure that you have considered all these factors to avoid future problems.
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Things To Consider
Before placing access doors all over your property, you should first know what type of access door and for what purpose you need them. Here is a breakdown of things to consider when you plan on putting an access door in your building:
Making sure what size you need is essential. You can end up buying an access door that is way too big or too small for use. Access doors come in varying sizes to compliment the location they will be in. You would also have to cut through your walls or ceilings for these access doors, so make sure the size is correct to avoid costly repairs and unnecessary damage.
You also need to consider where you will install the access door. The area can affect your decision as you must choose an access door that best fits its location. Is it for your interior or exterior? Does it need insulation because you are placing it in your air ducts? Things like that can affect your overall decision so make sure you plan it all out.
Knowing the intention of your access door will also affect your decision on where to put it. Does it need to be fire-resistant? Weather-resistant? Things like these can, if not considered, affect your access doors. If you put a recessed general access door that is not fire-rated in fire-risk areas, you would not only be violating NFPA codes, but the purpose of the access door would also be for nothing.
Access doors provide easy entry to places that require maintenance. You should ensure that you can complete the routine maintenance of these access doors, especially fire-rated ones, and ensure that they are working correctly. If the access door is in hard-to-reach areas, place a stable ladder near the entry point so that technicians can conveniently reach the entry point.
Feature and Material
You can also consider the access door features of your choice. Access doors can come with the same model but with additional features that are optional for you.
There are various options to choose from, depending on your purpose, such as: insulated or non-insulated, fire-rated, exterior, high or medium security, and recessed. You can also choose a material like aluminum and galvanized or stainless steel.
If you plan to install an access door, consider scheduling the location and purpose well to avoid later regrets. Knowing where to place an access door that will bring you the most benefits will be one of the best decisions you make.
You should not just buy any access door and place it anywhere you want because you are changing your building for all the wrong reasons. Consult with an expert if you still have hesitations.