Friday 9 February 2024

The Importance of Door Closers: Safety, Security & Compliance

Leading door hardware supplier, ZEROplus discusses the main functions and benefits of fitting door closers.

From a variable closing speed and delayed action to a hold-open function, adjustable latch action and back check, fitting a door closer can prevent future door damage, costly repairs, nasty accidents and unauthorised access.

Whatever your door's shape, size, material, and weight, fitting an appropriate door closer can help improve your building's safety, security, accessibility, and energy efficiency. 

Mark Lockley, Managing Director of ZEROplus, explains:

“Having door closers fitted to your doors can help reduce the risk of accidents happening in a building. 

“By ensuring your doors close properly and securely and preventing them from slamming shut, you'll reduce the risk of collisions, tripping and finger-trapping incidents.

“Along with reduced accident risk and improved energy efficiency, when fitted to a fire-rated door, a door closer will help create a crucial barrier to stop the spread of flames and toxic smoke in a fire.”

The Capabilities of Door Closers:

  • Adjust the speed at which your door closes to prevent potential injury and improve access

  • Improve your building's security by controlling how fast your door closes for the last few inches to overcome any latch bolt resistance, ensuring it's fully closed

  • Allow more convenient access in busy areas by adjusting the time delay of your door's closing from maximum opening

  • The back check feature, which provides resistance when a door is opened with excessive force, prevents potential damage to your doors and walls and avoids costly repairs

  • Perfect for passageway doors and improved accessibility, the hold-open function allows your door to remain open at a set angle, usually 90 or 105 degrees.

    This function isn't suitable for door closers fitted to fire doors.

Mark continues:

“Door closers ensure your doors close properly, preventing unwanted access and improving the overall security of your building.

“You can also create controlled entries and exits by integrating your door closer with an access control system.

“This feature will allow you to restrict access to certain areas and ensure doors close and lock automatically after approved individuals have passed through.

'Door closers also play a critical role in fire door safety. Fire doors must have a fire-rated door closer fitted to ensure they remain closed in the event of a fire and compartmentalise the building.

“Along with the fire door itself, a fire-rated door closer should be tested, certified, and regularly inspected and maintained.”

ZEROplus's range of fire-rated door closers has achieved BS EN 1634-1:2000, and their wealth of knowledge as a long-established door hardware specialist means they're always ready to help you find the door closers you need.

Whether you need fire-rated or non-fire-rated door closers and whatever fixing type you prefer, the extensive range of surface-mounted, concealed overhead and floor spring closers from ZEROplus will help keep your building safe, secure and compliant.

To learn more door closers from ZEROplus or their extensive range of door hardware, visit or call 01785 282 910.

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