Door closers - Keep your door from slamming on windy days

We all know the old adage, “When one door closes, another one opens,” and the witty, somewhat tongue-in-cheek alternative: “When one door closes, another one slams in your face!” Well, not if you have a door closer installed! In fact, it’s a mystery why every door in every building doesn’t have one!

Picture 1: HELEH 7200 Heavy-Duty Surface Applied Door Closers

A door closer is an extremely useful piece of engineering. We’re probably all familiar with them from offices and hotels. They’re an important component of emergency exit doors in a multitude of public buildings.

  1. The reasons why your house needs door closers?

Increasingly though, homeowners too are seeking for the benefits of installing automatic door closers in their homes. How many times have you joked your children, “Were you born in a barn?” because they raced out of the house and neglected to close the door behind them? Or how about those windy days when you want to open the windows for fresh air, but then all the doors in your house suddenly shut loudly? And we can surely relate to struggling through the front door laden with groceries, only to have to put everything down to close the door behind us.

Picture 2: HELEH 5100 Grade 1 Surface Applied Door Closers

Modern houses have soft-close toilet lids and self-closing drawers. Even our cars have doors that can open and close automatically. Everyone knows that these are all extremely pleasant and convenient additions to our lives. Why don’t we have door closers on the doors in our home?

2. Choosing The Right Door Closers

One of the important things about door closers is that they can be installed to most doors, either in new homes at the time of construction, or in existing homes with doors that are already in place.

The type of door closer you buy depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Building specifications

  • Location, size and weight of the door

  • How often the door is opened and closed

  • Required backswing

  • Where on the door the closer will be mounted

  • Price

When choosing your door closers, it is necessary to understand the different benefits of the various types. This will help you to match your doors to the right closers. Although door closers are convenient to have on any door in your home, they are especially useful in high traffic areas. For doors that are opened and closed hundreds times a day, floor-spring door closers are generally your best choice. They are also not as visible as overhead closers, which are better installed to medium-traffic locations.

Aesthetics can also be important for which door closers you choose. Some mountings are less visible than others, making them more suitable for home environments. Whichever type you choose, however, most are adjustable, so you can buy your own preferred opening resistance and closing rate.

3. Types Of Door Closers

There are many types of door closers available on the market. The overhead ones are the most popularly used – especially in commercial buildings, on front doors, boardroom doors and conference room doors. There are three main types of overhead door closers:

  • Regular or Standard Arm

This is the most power-efficient choice and is located on the exterior, or “pull side” of the door. It consists of two arms – one attached to the door frame and one to a spring-loaded box. When the door is closed, the arms stick out at an angle of 90°, making it more suitable for commercial, rather than residential, applications, as it is less aesthetically pleasing.

  • Top Jamb

This also has arms that stick out perpendicularly, but the difference here is the spring-loaded box is installed on the face of the door frame. Top jamb door closers are the good choice for aluminium or glass shop front doors, which typically have narrow top rails.

  • Parallel Arm

This consists of two arms that, when the door is closed, sit on top of it. This special arm geometry makes them less power efficient than the other two closers. But, they are perfectly suitable for schools and commercial properties as there is less likelihood of the arms being vandalised.

Picture 3: HELEH GM61X Floor-Concealed Door Closers

4. Other Types Of Door Closers

  • Surface Mounted door closers

These closers are installed to the door frame itself, with a bar that goes along the back of the door. They are commonly quite small and can be colour-matched to your door.

Concealed door closers install into recesses in the door and frame, making them invisible when the door is closed. They are ideally suitable for interior doors as they are quite light. And you can choose between spring-loaded or hydraulic options.

If you’re a building owner, architect or property developer, this is likely all a little overwhelming. At Heleh, we have a wide range of door hardware to meet all your requirements. We also have a team of knowledgeable consultants standing by to help and answer any questions you might have. Why don’t you contact us for more advice?