Door Frame Protectors: 5 Tips To Avoid Mistakes When Ordering or Specifying

You don’t want to get your door frame protection to site, only to find that it doesn’t fit. Being a highly complex customisable product, this is very probable if you don’t know what to look out for.

What can possibly go wrong?

  1. Lack of tolerance in door leaf width: It is important to make any door leaves on doorways that require door frame protection slightly narrower in width than normal to account for the thickness of the door frame protection when the door leaf sits within the frame. We suggest deducting 5mm as a minimal from the overall width i.e. 5mm from a single door leaf or 2.5mm from each leaf for a double-door. If this isn’t allowed for, you may find that the door leaf clashes with the frame and binds when opened and closed.
  1. Lack of tolerance in door hanging location: It is important to ensure that when the door leaves are hung, they are slightly offset on the frame, compared to normal. We suggest allowing for a minimum of 2.5mm offset for the door leaf from the door stop, to ensure that the 15mm return (or 25mm for fire doors) of the Door Frame Protector won’t stop the door leaf from closing.

  1. Allow for notching for latches if above 900mm high: This is generally only possible on site, but is an important consideration and often missed by clients and installers initially. Door latches are typically at 1000mm high approximately, so any door frame protection higher than 900mm will likely require notching around the door latch. Note: This is only applicable to Full Wraps on the latch side of a single door. Half Wraps finish short of the door latch and double doors have the latch between the two door leaves, not on the frame itself.

What is a Full Wrap and a Half Wrap?

  1. Notching for hinges if you want full wrap to hinge side of door: Generally the hinge side of a door would always have a half wrap, becasue when the door is open, the door leaf itself protects the side of the frame on the hinge side, not covered by the half wrap. This also prevent notching around the hinges, which also needs to be done on site. However if the client specifically needs a full wrap on the hinge and latch sides then notching on site must be taken into account and coordinated with the hinge locations.

  1. Door Seals (Smoke, Fire & Acoustic): Often door seals, such as smoke or acoustic batwing seals are installed after the door frame is painted, so is likely that it wasn’t there when you perform the initial site measure. It is important to find out exactly where the seals will be getting installed ahead of manufacturing the frame protection, because these will not be able to be installed if a seal is in the way and will need to be cut down on site. If the information is on hand prior to manufacture, Acculine can incorporate these custom requirements into the manufacture size, to prevent remanufacture cost or onsite notching and trimming.


Did you know? Not only is all Acculine Door Frame Protection Australian made, but it is made in-house, in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to give you the most flexible, fastest and reliable supply of customised Door Frame protection.

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