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How To Hand Hollow Metal Doors

One of the most commonly asked questions from contractors or building owners looking to purchase a new door is how to determine the handing. In this information guide we will explain how to determine the handing for any hollow metal door.

Is The Opening Single or Paired?

The first thing to understand is the hollow metal door type. If the hollow metal door is a single door configuration, then the handing terminology will be different than that of a hollow metal door pair (double door).



Single Hollow Metal Door Handing

The chart below illustrates the handing for single hollow metal doors. With single hollow metal door configurations, there are a total of four handing configurations: Left Hand, Right Hand, Left Hand Reverse, and Right Hand Reverse.

Left Hand

When looking at the door from the outside, the hinges of the door are on the left side and the lever handle is on the right side. The door swings away from you to the left.

Right Hand

When looking at the door from the outside, the hinges of the door are on the right side and the lever handle is on the left side. The door swings away from you to the right.

Left Hand Reverse

When looking at the door from the outside, the hinges of the door are on the left side and the lever handle is on the right side. The door swings open towards you to the left.

Right Hand Reverse

When looking at the door from the outside, the hinges of the door are on the right side and the lever handle is on the left side. The door swings open towards you to the right.



Double Hollow Metal Door (Pair) Handing

The chart below illustrates the handing for hollow metal double doors or hollow metal door pairs. With hollow metal door pair configurations, there are a total of five handing configurations: Left Hand, Right Hand, Left Hand Reverse, and Right Hand Reverse.

Left Hand Active

When looking at the door pair from the outside, the active door panel is on the left side and the non active door panel is on the right side. The active door swings away from you to the left.

Right Hand Active

When looking at the door pair from the outside, the active door panel is on the right side and the non active door panel is on the left side. The active door swings away from you to the right.

Left Hand Reverse Active

When looking at the door pair from the outside, the active door panel is on the left side and the non active door panel is on the right side. The active door swings towards you to the left.

Right Hand Reverse Active

When looking at the door pair from the outside, the active door panel is on the right side and the non active door panel is on the left side. The active door swings towards you to the right.

Both Doors Active

When looking at the door pair from the outside, both door panels are active. Both door panels swing towards you.

Conclusion

Handing a hollow metal door is important so that the door swings in or out at the proper door opening in your building. Choosing the right door hand is a very important safety factor when replacing a hollow metal door. If you are in the market for a new hollow metal door we recommend Patriot hollow metal doors. Patriot is one of the few hollow metal door companies in America that still manufactures hollow metal doors in the USA. Their doors are high quality and are trusted by both contractors and building owners all across America. Order today and receive FREE freight on all doors and frames.



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