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Hardware for Aluminum Storefront Doors

Updated on February 25, 2014
Aluminum Storefront Door
Aluminum Storefront Door

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Aluminum and glass storefront doors usually have the characteristic that they have much more glass than aluminum. The aluminum tubing that comprises the stiles is usually only 1-3/4 to 3-1/2 inches wide, limiting the kinds of hardware applicable. Some aluminum storefront doors come with 5 inch stiles allowing more hardware choices.

Almost all aluminum doors are 1-3/4 inches thick, however, other thicknesses do appear. Be sure to measure the thickness of the door before ordering any hardware.

Adams Rite 4591 Push Paddle
Adams Rite 4591 Push Paddle
Adams Rite 4900 Deadlatch
Adams Rite 4900 Deadlatch
Adams Rite MS1850S Deadbolt
Adams Rite MS1850S Deadbolt

Adams Rite

Manufacturers usually offer to ship aluminum and glass storefront doors blank, with a pre-installed Adams Rite deadbolt or deadlatch and paddle (see right), or with a pre-installed exit device.

The Adams Rite 4900 is their new, improved automatic locking deadlatch offering increased security and durability over their old model, the 4710. Egress through the 4900 is accomplished by the 4591 paddle. In many instances, however, the paddle does not provide the door coverage required by life safety regulations and may be rejected by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). In structures with an occupancy rated over a certain number of people an exit device with a push pad spanning one-half to two-thirds the overall width of the door may be required.

The Adams Rite MS1850S is the most common deadbolt shipped with new aluminum storefront doors. It is often called a 'flip bolt' because the deadbolt flips up out of the lock body into a slot cut into the door frame or into the inactive leaf of a pair of doors. The MS1850S is designed to be a double keyed, or keyed on both sides, deadbolt, locking people in as well as out. For obvious reasons, this function can be problematic when inspection time comes and the Fire Marshal sees that people could be locked in. As a means of answering this complaint, Adams Rite now offers the 4550 lever handle (see below) for the MS1850S deadbolt.

To order an Adams Rite latch or deadbolt, you need to know:

  • Backset in inches
  • Handing
  • Faceplate - beveled, radius faced, or flat
  • Finish

Available backsets are:

  • 7/8" (rare)
  • 31/32"
  • 1-1/8"
  • 1-1/2"

Locks are field reversible, but faceplates are not, so if your faceplate is beveled, specify right hand or left hand.

Standard finishes are:

  • 628 Anodized Aluminum
  • 313 Anodized Dark Bronze
  • 335 Anodized Black

Adams Rite 4550 Lever for MS1850S
Adams Rite 4550 Lever for MS1850S

There are many accessories available that add functionality to the MS1850. For example, the 4015 threshold and 4016 or 4085 header bolt transform the MS1850 from a single point lock to a two- or three-point locking device. Versions of the MS1850 are used as cylinder operated flush bolts, bottom rail deadocks, and roll-down gate locks.

Specify handing and finish when ordering.

Doromatic 1490 Concealed Vertical Rod Exit Device
Doromatic 1490 Concealed Vertical Rod Exit Device

Exit Devices

Adams Rite

Adams Rite offers a wide variety of exit devices for aluminum storefront doors, including rim, surface vertical rod, concealed vertical rod, and mortise exit devices. Adams Rite is one of the few companies that make a narrow stile surface vertical rod exit device. Some door manufacturers use or have used Adams Rite exit devices as original equipment on their products.


Doromatic offers a variety of rim and concealed vertical rod exit devices for narrow stile aluminum doors. Doromatic exit devices have been used as original equipment by some door manufacturers.


Jackson offers rim and concealed vertical rod exit devices for narrow stile aluminum doors. Jackson exit devices have been used as original equipment by some door manufacturers.

Other Manufacturers

Corbin, Sargent, Von Duprin and Yale all offer exit devices usable on aluminum storefront doors. Some manufacturers offer devices that will fit on narrow stile doors, some only make devices that will fit on medium or wide stile doors.

To order, you need to know:

  • Door width
  • Door height
  • Handing
  • Finish
  • Single door or pair of doors

Jackson Concealed Door Closer Package
Jackson Concealed Door Closer Package

Door Closers

All door closer manufacturers make surface mounted door closers specifically for narrow stile aluminum storefront door applications. They also all make adapter plates for installation of their non-specific surface closers in narrow stile aluminum door applications.

For more information see Door Closer Basics

Many door closer manufacturers make concealed overhead closers for use on aluminum storefront applications. The ones I encounter most often are:

  • Dorma RTS88 series
  • Jackson 100 and 300 series
  • LCN 2030 series

To order, you need to know:

  • Door width
  • Interior or exterior door
  • Degree of swing and/or hold open
  • Hold open or non-hold open
  • Double acting or single acting door
  • Finish for cover plates and arms if necessary


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    • Tom Rubenoff profile image

      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Jess. Always great to hear from you.

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      Jess 5 years ago

      Hello Tom,

      i never really took notice of this hub, and just as bbnix said, i enjoy commercial doors as well, but my specialty is more in the door closers. im known on the internet as Jess the door closer doctor, and i am willing to answer any questions on door closers (not automatics, just manual/hydraulic) anyone may have (concealed as well as surface closers)

      -Jess the door closer doctor

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      MsDesign1 6 years ago from Riverside, CA

      Great well illustrated article.

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      Hey this is great. I had the chance to work in commercial doors for a while, including automatics, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

      I don't believe I've had the chance to meet anyone else who talked about it, so this we can share much, my friend. I look forward to it...

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      sreeiit 7 years ago

      this is a very useful poat