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Ordering the Right Overhead Concealed Door Closer (Guide)

If you're shopping for overhead concealed door closers, check out our guide on how to buy the right one for your use.
If you're shopping for overhead concealed door closers, check out our guide on how to buy the right one for your use.

Overhead concealed door closers are hidden from sight as they are positioned in either the frame or the door. You could potentially choose from a number of product categories, including medium-duty and heavy-duty hold or non-hold open overhead concealed closers from CRL Jackson.

Concealed door closers are extensively used in large stores; bank, public building, theater or school entrances; fast food restaurants; and corridor or public restroom doors. They can be center-hung or offset, and used with aluminum, wood or metal doors. Depending on the model, the closer spring size, dimensions, approximate average opening force, and applicable door sizes may be different.

This post tells you how to order one by understanding the technical specifications denoted by the catalog number for a particular product.

The basics

Consider the catalog number 21101P62801B. The digits and alphabets indicate a specific type/feature that you can match against your requirements to determine the suitability of the concealed door closer. Moving from right to left:

 

 

 

Recommended: CRL Jackson overhead concealed door closer bodies

 

If you're shopping for overhead concealed door closers, check out the medium-duty or heavy-duty non-hold open overhead concealed body from CRL Jackson.

The medium-duty closer bodies have dual valves to control closing and latching speeds. They offer adjustable spring power size 1 (barrier-free) to size 4 (regular). They are available in standard and extended spindle models.

CRL Jackson heavy-duty overhead concealer bodies offer outstanding durability. They feature a long spindle, which makes them ideal for patch fittings and rail hardware. Dual action valves offer closing and latching functionality. They have a ANSI Grade 1 status, stating their suitability for high volume commercial applications.

 

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Types of Surface Mounted Door Closers

The surface mounted door closer is the most common type of door closer. Here's a look at the various types of Surface Mounted Door Closers.
The surface mounted door closer is the most common type of door closer. Here's a look at the various types of Surface Mounted Door Closers.

The surface mounted door closer is the most common type of door closer. It is inexpensive and easy to install. You can have the closer mounted in standard, parallel arm or top jamb configurations. The standard installation is for the pull side of the door, while the top jamb and parallel arm configurations are for the push side.

 

 

CRL Surface Mounted Door Closer

 

DC50 Series Surface Mounted Door Closers range from Size 1 intended for light commercial and residential applications to a Size 5 for a heavy commercial door applications. With both closing and latching speeds independently adjustable they will satisfy your customer’s requirements for smooth operating door control.

The PR80 Series of Multi-Size Adjustable Spring Power Surface Mounted Door Closers matches the common 9-1/16” x ¾” hole template, making it ideal for both new and retrofit applications. The closers adjust in a range from Size 1 through 5 to accommodate doors from 24” through 54” and up to 264 lbs. A Barrier-Free (low opening resistance) model is available to comply with ADA opening force requirements.

 

 

The PR70 Series is a range of spring powered closers that can be ordered for heavy-duty applications or ADA barrier-free uses. They have two key features: backcheck control and delayed action closing.

Majority of CRL closers come with backcheck control that offers adjustment by allowing variable braking from 70 degrees to beyond 90 degrees. This prevents damage to the door and surrounding wall surface. Still, it is best paired with an overhead stop or auxiliary floor. Delayed action closing is an optional feature that includes a third speed range to the closing cycle. It is activated when the door is opened and released at any angle beyond 70 degrees. This feature is especially beneficial in healthcare settings and public buildings that must necessarily comply with ADA regulations.

CRL Surface Mounted Door Closers are available in popular aluminum and bronze finishes, some are also sold in gold, white and chrome.

Options in material

Aluminum surface mount door closers from C.R. Laurence are intended for high-traffic areas such as public buildings, shopping centers and airports. Their decorative design also makes them appealing for residential settings.

Cast iron surface mount door closers are known for their strength and durability. They meet ADA accessibility requirements, and are available with optional accessories such as drop plates and hold open arms for unique installation needs.

Tips on choosing accessories

Depending on the mounting options and applications, a number of accessories are available for surface mounted door closers. They include closer body covers, bolt sets, narrow drop plates, wide drop plates, parallel arm brackets, replacement screw packages, regular closer arms, extended rod assemblies and hold open arms. Another handy tool is the door pressure gauge that helps you determine if the amount of force required to open doors complies with ADA regulations.

  • Parallel arm brackets for use with regular non-hold open arms
  • Regular closer arms serve as replacement arms for surface mounted door closers
  • Hold open parallel arm brackets for use with hold open arms in parallel arm applications
  • Extended rod assemblies for use with regular arms and reveals of up to 152mm
  • Closer body covers for slip-on installation
  • Sex bolt sets for mounting closers to hollow core doors
  • Replacement screw packages

When replacing a surface mount door closer it is important to compare the dimensions of the existing closer to the new one to avoid mistakes.

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Door Closer Types: A look at the various types available

Door closers are widely used for commercial applications. Here's a look at the various door closer types.
Door closers are widely used for commercial applications. Here's a look at the various door closer types.


Door closers
are widely used for commercial applications, and suitable for light, medium and heavy traffic environments. Door Closer Types include: Overhead concealed, surface-mounted, concealed and floor mounted closers.

 

 
Overhead concealed door closers are installed in the recesses of the door and frame, and therefore not visible when the door is closed. They may be spring-operated or hydraulic. They are commonly used with storefront application.

 

 

 

Floor mounted door closers are mounted in the floor and hidden from view. These door closer types are popularly used in glass storefront doors. The bar inside the closer is positioned into the underside of the door, and responsible for the closing action.