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Structural opening or clear opening?

Posted on 7th March 2024

Are you a contractor planning for the installation of access panels? If so, it's crucial to understand the difference between a clear opening and a structural opening. If this is a new area for you and you're not sure what these terms mean; we've got you covered☺️

A clear opening refers to the space available for people or objects to pass through once the access panel has been installed. This measurement allows for any obstructions within the frame, such as lock carriers or any hardware including locking systems and hinges.

The structural opening refers to the aperture cut into the wall or ceiling into which the access panel is to be installed.

Therefore, the size of the clear opening will be smaller than the structural opening due to the fitment of the panel, necessary hardware, and framing required for installation.

So, it is important to take accurate measurements of the structural opening and be aware of the clear opening required to ensure a proper fit, safe installation and ease of use once installed.

At Access Panel Shop Limited, we understand that planning for an access panel installation can be confusing if you have not worked with such doors before. That's why we're here to help!

We can provide advice and guidance to ensure a successful fit-out; so, don't hesitate to contact us.

Understanding the difference between a clear opening and a structural opening makes all the difference when it comes to an easy installation, your panel will slot straight into position!

Happy planning☺️

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