Whatever your specific vision or requirement for an entry door – size, shape, weight, material combinations, etc. –working closely with architects to help engineer and fabricate special requests is recommended.

Space Requirements

Balanced doors can be manufactured from 33″ wide to 48″ wide. To accommodate door widths greater than 39″, the Type A arm measuring 7-1/8″ wide is replaced by the Type C Arm measuring 8-7/8″ wide. It’s important to identify the space requirements on both sides of a balanced door based upon the width of the door. This chart provides these dimensions as X and Y measurements. For example, a 36″ door opening to the outside will require a Type A arm and produce an interior projection (Y) of 12-1/2″ and an exterior projection (X) of 23-1/2″.

Door Anatomy


Doors can be manufactured in virtually infinite combinations of materials, sizes, and designs.

It is a combination of the door’s quality construction and its various unique hardware components. The entire balanced door system – including the frame, door, and all balanced hardware components can be made to exacting quality standards.

Custom balanced doors (excluding wood doors) are comprised almost entirely of metal and glass, two of the world’s most readily recyclable and upcyclable materials. In fact, only two very small – but critical – components are polymer based, to ensure long term corrosion resistance. You can also make doors from particularly valuable metals like bronze and stainless, which helps to ensure their eventual recycling.


Balanced doors are built to provide a lifetime of the easiest, most trouble free operation. Their uniquely designed formed-up doors have a solid internal subframe construction, which allows them to long outlast the 5-10 year lifespan of average high-traffic doors. Most door subframes, if present at all, are merely tack-welded. A subframe, however, is joined to the outer structure by closely spaced spot-welds. Both external and internal door parts are made of .09” thick material, resulting in greater resistance of dings and dents than thinner doors.