Iron Door Installation

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First, install the iron door jamb to your opening timber frame, steel frame or masonry wall structure.

NOTE: Any Iron Entry Doors that are installed not in accordance with these guidelines shall void the warranty, for example any doors secured to an aluminium frame or timber window or door frame, as these are not structural and will not provide enough support for the iron door.

Also Iron Doors must be installed setback a minimum 1-1.5 metres under roof cover/porch to be protected from direct exposure to rain and prolonged direct sunlight. Failure to follow these requirements will void any warranty claims.

The pivot doors and hinge doors, depending on size will come pre-hung inside the door jamb. As the door and jamb together will be quite heavy (72kg per square metre) we recommend 4 people to lift the frame and door into place. Other devices such as pallet jacks, lifts and dolly’s can be used as long as adequate support and protection is applied at the lifting points. We recommend all people handling the doors wear gloves to avoid marking the doors and causing any scratches.

NOTE: Hinge Doors have a lower support steel bar installed for shipment, this needs to be unscrewed prior to installation.

We have two mounting methods for the iron door jamb and your door will either have the mounting tabs on the outside of the jamb or pre drilled holes on the inside of the jamb.

NOTE: These are detailed on the shop drawing and should be positioned carefully during the design phase.

There are usually 4 mounting tabs/holes (and sometimes 6 or more depending on the size of the door).

The tabs are bolted into the structural framing from the inside of the house and the holes are bolted from inside of the jamb using the 1/2” x 1/2” lag bolts provided.

IMPORTANT – Initially, only fasten the left and right top most tabs/holes to the house framing. This is necessary to allow for some adjustment of the frame later.

IMPORTANT – Pivot Doors will most likely need some adjustments at the top pivot hinge or floor spring once the lag bolts are fixed due to door movement during shipment. First make adjustments at the mounting tabs/holes and see if that fixes any issues with the door panel alignment. If this does not improve it then move to the top pivot hinge or lower floor spring depending on the problem.

The lower floor spring can be adjusted by fixing the door in the open position and removing the cover plate.

To adjust the top hinge correctly the door panel will need to be taken off the hinge. We recommend 3-4 people to do this and wear gloves to avoid marking or scratching the surface of the door panel. Place the door panel on a soft blanket to avoid any scratches.

See a diagram of the floor spring below. 

Also see videos here how to remove the door panel and re-install if needed:

Floor Spring

Top Pivot Hinge

If you have separate sidelights you will use joining bolts to fix them to the door jamb first. Apply all weather caulking between the sidelights and the jamb before joining.
Once joined together, the whole unit is bolted to the house framing as per above instructions.

If you have a separate transom, it is mounted above the door jamb and fastened into the framework just like the door.
Install the door jamb first and then the transom.
Apply caulking to the bottom of the transom before joining to the door jamb.

With the door closed and looking from inside, check that the door is square. If it’s not, then the jamb is slightly out. You must move the bottom of the jamb to the left or right until the door lines up exactly.

Prior to hanging the hinge door panels, make sure the hinge bearings are installed. The hinge bearing is a thick brass washer that must be in place on each hinge pin before the door is hung.

The two or three heavy hinges should receive a very light application of oil or grease on both sides before the doors are hung.

DO NOT get grease onto the painted surfaces as this can cause damage.

Lift each door onto its hinge pins. As the doors are quite heavy, (72kg per sqm) we recommend 3-4 people per door and please wear gloves if possible.

If you have a double door, after the doors are hung, use the flush bolts on the edge of the inactive door to hold it closed.

Even though you have checked your framing is plumb, there may be some small adjustment needed to ensure your doors are installed correctly.

For double doors if the top of the doors are not square the bottom of the door frame must be adjusted to the left or right slightly. The door tops and bottoms will line up perfectly in the centre when the frame is square.

Next check that your door closes evenly from top to bottom. If, when you close your door, the top or the bottom touches the astragal first then the jamb is slightly twisted.

You can adjust this by moving the appropriate tab inwards (towards the inside of the house) or outwards (towards the outside of the house) until the doors close evenly top and bottom at the same time.

Once everything is adjusted correctly then secure the lower tabs in place with the lag bolts.

IMPORTANT – Check the fit of the doors once again to make sure nothing moved while you were tightening the bolts.