When it comes to your home or office, sometimes deciding on what kind of an access panel to install can be difficult. Access panels are unlike the normal doors we find around our house – we can’t just decide on a color or material; rather, we have to factor in where the door will go in the building, what purpose it will serve, and if there are any requirements with the building code that need to be met.
In a way, because of the versatility of access doors, they are able to conceal openings both on the wall and floor, as well as act as a form of insulation or sound barrier. With those options, it can be daunting, if not frustrating, trying to determine which door to choose. More importantly, you must ensure you are picking the right one.
Ask yourself what the purpose of the panel is for
Before you purchase an access door, it’s important to consider the purpose of the door itself. This is essential. For example, if you are looking to purchase a fire-rated access panel, you must consider all aspects of the installation, because it differs greatly from installing a general all purpose access door.
When installing a fire-rated access panel, the location (floor or wall) will affect the material, but more importantly, it will impact the overall fire-rating of the access panel. If you aren’t sure of the location or the fire-rating, contractors and access panel specialists can help in determining your needs, fire-rated or not.
Understanding the purpose of your door helps to narrow down your available options - more specifically, it would help access panel specialists recommend the best suitable door and materials to meet your needs.
Just as determining the purpose of your access panel, it’s important to pick the correct material that will meet your access panel needs. This means considering the wall or floor into which it will be installed. For example, one who chooses to install an exterior access door, are going to find that many of them are made with aluminum. This is done to prevent any corrosion, while also protecting against any possible exterior elements. One would not choose, nor would someone recommend an exterior access panel made of materials that are not water resistant – as that could result in mold and mildew.
Along with determining the material of your panel for preventing the spread of mold and mildew, the material makeup can also determine whether it is fire-resistant, or even the sound transmission rating, which for some, can be very helpful. For those looking to install a door with the intent of muffling and preventing sound transmission, considering materials is very important.
Options, Options, Options
While determining material and purpose - it is almost daunting knowing that there are so many types of access panels and doors to select. A few of those options include but aren’t limited to:
●Plastic Access Panels :these are a less expensive and temporary alternative for those who are looking to fill a void in their wall.
●Plaster Access Panels : when installed, these allow for the frame to be plastered over, giving the wall and door a unique and genuine finish.
●HVAC Access Panels :these doors are used to contain and protect HVAC units - at Best Access Doors, the HVAC access panels meet and exceed building requirements and expectations.
●FIberglass Panels :these doors are typically recommended for exterior purposes - though to some, they may be intimidating. Fiberglass can aesthetically replicate the look of wood, as well as be extremely durable.
Though these are just a small selection, access panels and doors come in many sizes, shapes and purposes. In a way, if you don’t have the right information or don’t know what you are looking to do with your access panel it can be overwhelming; therefore, ensuring you have all the information or at least knowing the purpose will help in your selection. As well, being informed means you can see your options and narrow them down!
Have the Right Info
You have the reason as to why you need or want to install an access panel; however, the most important things someone installing an access panel door should know are: the space or clearance needed and required, location, and purpose.
Access panels are not a single size, nor are the doors a one-size fits all solution. As a result, knowing not only how much space or rather how big the hole is, is essential to making sure that between the opening and the actual frame of the access panel there is enough space. If you are unsure of the measurements, seeking help from an access panel specialist will help determine what kind of access panel you need.
Buy with Confidence
Once you have the information, visiting a qualified and certified access door shop will mean you are buying with confidence. Best Access Doors specializes in selling a wide variety of access panels that range from soundproof to fireproof, and insulated versus not. Having informed and knowledgeable staff to answer your questions will mean you can buy and shop with confidence.
Knowing what it is you need before hand, along with the purpose of your access panel will mean that access panel specialists will be able to help you further with your needs.
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