Double doors commonly performs in various places, such as commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, and large public spaces. These door closers provide the convenience to accommodate high traffic and improve accessibility. Therefore, heavy duty double door closer is an ideal option for this scenario as they are easy to install and fit on a wide variety of door sizes.

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Necessity and Requirements

Self-closing function is often necessary on double doors.  Because double doors often appear in commercial or public buildings, the self-closing function helps ensure that the doors close automatically right after the opening.  This can be important for maintaining fire safety, controlling air circulation, and meeting ADA accessibility requirements.

Double Door ADA Clearance Challenges

Very often, there are some unequal double door cases occur, where one door may be twice as wide as the other. For example, a 5’ opening may have one 3’ door and one 2’ in order to meet the 32” clearance requirement.  This poses a self-closing device installation challenge due to limited space on the narrow door, which can lead to hardware function incompatibility.  In addition, mixing models causes poor symmetry and an unattractive aesthetic.

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Commercial Double Door Closer Solution 

Waterson heavy duty self closing door closers stand out as the ideal choice for managing double doors in commercial settings due to these reasons:

  • Easy Installation: Compatible with both wide and narrow door configurations; does not require extra space.
  • Self-Closing Mechanism: Designed for automatic door closing, suitable for double doors in commercial areas.
  • PVD Finish: Enhances the aesthetic appeal of doorways with multiple finish options.
  • Safety and Compliance: UL Grade 1 approved and ADA compliance.
  • Versatile Options: Includes a non-self-closing hinge for fixed door scenarios, preserving visual symmetry.
  • Ideal Usage: Designed specifically for managing double doors in commercial and interior settings.


Code Compliance and Safety 

In the States, architects usually adopt building codes at local level, international or national codes like International Building Code (IBC).  If you’re planning to install or modify double doors, it’s important to consult with local building authorities or professionals. They are knowledgeable about the relevant building codes and can help you to ensure compliance and safety.

Waterson Heavy Duty Hinges for Unequal Double Door Closer

Waterson Closer Hinges combine an overhead closer and hinge into one attractive component with optional hold-open and door stop features. These hinges are ideal for commercial openings, gates, and glass doors. These closer hinges are easily installed and adjusted to comply with ADA & ICC A117.1 requirements for opening force and to assure quiet, secure closing. Made with stainless steel, Waterson closer hinges meet NFPA 80 and are UL 3-hour fire-rated, as well as being suitable for both interior and all-weather exterior openings. See all our features.

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Please note that Waterson Closer Hinges start from a size of 4″x4″. If you’re in need of smaller self-closing hinges, we’d recommend checking out some other resources! Also, we only provide single acting closer hinges. Thank you.

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