PanicExitPro.com is designed to provide an easy solution for commercial door access and crash bar exiting. We aim to make a Pro out of even the first time installer. We supply easily installed surface mount rim style panic exit bars that can be installed with very little expertise.
Some considerations to be made when choosing your panic exit bar:
Single door panic exit installation on a glass door or narrow stile door:
Although the measurements on the panic bars may seem to fit the stile of your door, (a stile is the vertical area on the sides of the door that you are going to use for mounting commercial door hardware) standard one point latch bars have some complications when using outside trim or with glass doors. Outside trim increases the width of the stile needed to approximately 5 inches. the 2000 series panic exit bar has a special lever handle made for narrow stiles. Also with glass doors the aesthetics of what is seen through the door should be considered. With a standard panic exit bar the rear is not meant to be seen and would not be pleasing to see through the glass.
Dual door panic exit bar installation when doors overlap:
The number one instinct when equipping a dual door with panic exit bars is to put top and bottom 2 point latch vertical rod panic exit bars on each door. However if there is an overlap this would restrict exiting to a single door. Check out our video above for a demonstration on why to pair a side latch
1 point crash bar with a 2 point crash bar.
Access from the exterior:
Panic exit bars are designed the same in which you will always have a manual exit from the building, that choice is easy. However what is not as easy to decide if and how to allow access from the exterior. Depending on the purpose of the door you may decide to not have any door trim on the outside. If the door is not a heavily used exterior door you may use a crash bar with cylinder lock access and put a dummy pull handle on the outside. This would result in key access only and automatic locking as soon as the key is removed from the door. If the door is heavily used outside trim such as knob
or lever handles can be used. In this case the handle would be locked or unlocked and general access can be allowed. Lastly for higher security properties that must allow general access electronic access can be paired with all of the surface mount panic exit bars. This has nearly unlimited variations of access possibilities.