Every Ellison door is 100% custom. Choices in material, finish, size, hardware, and style are only the beginning. The final design is determined by the vision of the project team and functional needs of the project.
Ellison extruded aluminum balanced doors are similar in structural appearance to formed stainless steel or bronze balanced doors. Aluminum extrusions are used in place of formed metal, and stiles are internally fastened to the top and bottom rails during fabrication. Stile widths are available in 2-½”, 3-½” and 4-½”. Top rails are available in 2-½”, 3-½” and 5”. Bottom rails are 6” and 10” or greater with dress plates. Frames are 3” x 5” or 3” x 6”. Glass thickness may vary. These doors may be customized.
Optional offset aluminum frames present a dramatic site line by adding additional articulation to the doorframe.
With Ellison aluminum balanced doors, the shaft containing the torsion bar closer spring can be either concealed within the doorframe, or exposed. These doors can also be equipped with Ellison PowerNow power operators.
Ellison aluminum balanced doors are a available in a variety of attractive anodized aluminum finishes, as well as your choice of Kynar or powder coat color coatings.
Ellison's revolutionary PowerNow design
An Ellison PowerNow-equipped balanced door features a low energy operator, concealed in the frame header, and an actuating arm that provides the opening force on demand. Ellison’s standard hardware provides the closing force.
When power is not needed during manual operation, Ellison PowerNow-equipped balanced doors operate the same way as standard Ellison balanced doors – the power operator is never engaged, reducing operator wear and maintaining Ellison’s signature manual ease of operation.
Any Ellison balanced door can be specified as PowerNow-equipped. Power operators are available in your choice of two leading manufacturer’s – Stanley and Horton.
USES AND APPLICATIONS
- Public Entrances
Extruded Aluminum Balanced Door - Anodized Aluminum Finishes
Advisory Note: The 311 Light, 312 Medium and 313 Dark Bronze Anodized finishes are shown as two samples depicting the range of color (from light to dark) for each. This is because a slight color variation is inherent in the anodizing process for these three finishes and should be expected in the final material furnished by Ellison. Please call our factory to discuss this further if desired: 1.800.665.6445.
Aluminum Door Finishes (Paint)
Ellison also offers two color coating options: a fluoropolymer coating (Kynar) paint finish and a premium powder coating paint finish, both in your choice of standard or custom colors.
Note: Finish photographs are representations only of the finishes. Please contact us to obtain actual finish samples, for final review.
Life Cycle:The average lifespan of a typical high-traffic commercial entry door is about 10 years. For an Ellison custom balanced door, the expected lifespan is 80 years and counting. Many of the earliest Ellison balanced doors (from the 1930's) remain in operation to this day. This means, in time, at least seven doors would have to be manufactured in order to serve the duration of just one Ellison custom balanced door.
Materials: Ellison 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. What's more, most Ellison doors are made from particularly valuable metals like bronze and stainless, which helps to ensure their eventual recycling.
Manufacturing: Ellison produces nearly the entire balanced door in-house. For example, all balanced hardware is cast in Ellison's foundry and tooled in Ellison's factory. Virtually no material is wasted, as unused material is remelted for reuse. Also, under a sustainable manufacturing program sponsored by the New York State, Ellison has also implemented manufacturing systems that maximize both water and energy conservation.