What is the purpose for using a 12 gage head reinforcement?

Purpose:

When there is concern for the weight of overhead wall construction, or, when multiple surface applied hardware components are being used. This continuous channel has the ability to spread and transfer the load to the floor through the jambs while providing the necessary thickness for thread engagement.

  • Note: Hollow metal frames, with or without the optional continuous head reinforcement, are not designed as or intended to be a load bearing member of wall construction.

Application:

Continuous head reinforcement channels are used at the specifiers' discretion to safe guard against head sag in door openings usually specified in frame over 48" in width. The 12 gage head reinforcement is 1" less that the nominal head size, i.e., a head for a 6'0" pair of doors would require a 71" long continuous head reinforcement.

  • Welded into frame head
  • Minimum 2" face dimension
  • Length, other than standard must be specified

Product Availability:

This optional frame component is available for the following Steelcraft standard double rabbet profile series frames:

  • F16, F14, MU16, MU14, DW16, DW14, K16 and K14
  • Not available on FE or DE-Series double egress frames

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