Frequently Asked Questions
Q. "Will my local fire marshall approve these fire rated access doors?"
A. As local codes always prevail, we recommend to check with your local code authorities before purchasing fire rated access doors and panels such as these shown on this page.
Q. "What is a piano hinge?"
A. A "piano hinge", also called a "continuous hinge", is a type of hinge that runs the entire length of a door. These are used in larger sizes of access doors to ensure square closing doors.
Q. "What is galvannealed steel?"
A. Galvanneal combines the processes of galvanizing and annealing steel. This gives the resulting steel a fine greyish matte finish which does not flake off when formed or stamped, and acts like a rust-proof primer. Galvannealed steel products combine good paintability and corrosion resistance to provide an alternative to the standard stainless steel.
Q. "What are some typical access panel applications?"
A. Access doors and panels are used in a variety of applications where ease of access is desired, as well as concealment. Some of the most common uses for access doors/panels are in pool and hot tub installations, home security, home theatre, wall and ceiling access, bathroom renovation projects, and attic or crawl-space access. Access panels are also commonly found in garages, mobile homes and travel trailers. When using access panels, wiring, valves, vents, cables, etc. are easily accessible. Another great feature of using an access door is that they can often be installed to blend seamlessly into their surroundings.