What is a communicating frame?

Communicating Frames are hollow metal frame fabricated such that a door is installed in each rabbet of a double rabbeted frame (2 doors total) to facilitate dual access and control of the opening, i.e. hotel/motel suites and some acoustical applications.

Communicating frame are primarily used in hospitality/hotel building to separate two (2) adjoining rooms.

  1. Applications:
    • Single doors: Two (2) doors are hung in one framed opening and each door is locked from the occupied side of each room.
    • Double doors: Four (4) doors are hung in one framed opening and pair door is locked from the occupied side of each room.
  2. Most common is to use two 1 3/4" thick doors.
  3. The opening can be fire rated up to 3 hours maximum size 4080 single and 8080 pair.
  4. Frame series applicable:
    •  F and MU-Series frames, doors can swing from one jamb or opposite jambs. Available in single or pairs.
    • DW and K-Series frames, doors must swing from opposite jambs. Available in single opening only. Pairs are not available.

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