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Why You Need Access Doors for your Commercial Buildings

Innovating and functional, introducing access doors to the construction industry has proven beneficial and innovative. You might have seen these access doors in a hotel or an industrial building. If you work in the construction industry, you know how much change these access doors have made.

Do Commercial Buildings Need Access Doors?  

The NFPA and IBC (International Building Code) sometimes require this for distinct commercial spaces. It provides extra safety and security in commercial establishments dealing with specific industries. Some commercial buildings that need an access door in particular locations as safety protocols include:

  • Industrial buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Banks
  • Jails

The places that require access doors either deal with dangerous chemicals, and hazardous gases, have a high fire risk, are usually crowded, or need high security. By installing access doors, the place adds security and safety measures without having to change a lot in the building design.

Why Should You Install an Access Door?  

You can get many benefits from an access door, especially a specific model or type. They can come in different types and have various features that can be good in different locations and purposes. The most common types of access doors are:


There are countless benefits to having a fire-rated access door installed. Sometimes, these types of access doors are a requirement, so make sure you read about codes and regulations in your area. Benefits of having a fire-rated access door are:

  • Fire resistant
  • Extra security and safety
  • They can minimize property damage

General Purpose  

Contractors often install general-purpose access doors anywhere. These doors come in different sizes and purposes and are perfect for residential homes and commercial establishments that do not require fire-rated doors or high-security. The benefits of these doors are:

  • Versatility
  • Flexibility
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Concealment
  • Easy installation


Excellent for air ducts and other HVAC units, these types of access doors come with built-in insulation. If you want to save on energy costs, install these access doors on your roof or your air ducts to insulate and control the airflow. Benefits include:

  • Easy installation
  • It comes in low to high-pressure features
  • Easy installation

Security Doors 

Security doors can come in medium to high-security features that you can choose from depending on what type of security you need. Added benefits of these access doors include:

  • Durability
  • Tamper proof locks
  • It can come with fire-rated features


Need to hide the humming of machinery in your offices and commercial spaces? Try the soundproof access doors. You will enjoy benefits like:

  • Soundproofing
  • Security
  • Easy access

Weather resistant

You can usually find these types of access doors in exterior parts of a building. They typically give outside access to the internal components like wiring, plumbing, and crawlspaces without needing to enter the main building. Benefits include:

  • Resistant to natural elements
  • Rust proof

You can choose from many other access doors, but the ones listed here are the most popular due to their specific use and features.

Where Do You Install Access Doors?  

You can install an access door anywhere in your building. You can choose access doors for interiors and exteriors and access doors for your roofs and ceilings. You can even purchase floor access doors and panels for easy access to plumbing or electrical wiring that you choose to have run underground. The main areas you can find access doors would be walls and crawl spaces.

Are you planning to install an access door on your commercial property? Make sure you know what you need one for to choose an access door with specific features that will meet your needs.


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Kaya Wittenburg

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Kaya Wittenburg is the Founder and CEO of Sky Five Properties. Since the age of 10, real estate has been deeply ingrained into his thoughts. With world-class negotiation and deal-making skills, he brings a highly impactful presence into every transaction that he touches.

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