Old-World Craftsmanship Meets 21st Century Versatility

How Ellison Balanced Doors Honor the Past and Deliver for the Future

Monday, August 9, 2021
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As an architect or designer, no matter the unique vision you have in mind, the entrance to a building plays a pivotal role in the design and functionality of a building. While the practice of old-world craftsmanship may be on the decline in the building materials industry, Ellison has mastered balanced door production by combining the very best of old-world, hand-crafted door making with modern technologies and manufacturing practices to produce some of the world’s highest performing commercial doors.

The Proof is in the Projects

Ellison balanced doors have even been selected to welcome guests to some of America’s most renowned buildings. For example, Ellison has provided nearly 100 balanced doors for the World Trade Center complex in New York City to enhance the prestigious design and uphold the functional needs of high-traffic, heavily used entrances.

Ellison balanced doors have been specified by architects and designers for thousands of buildings since the company’s inception a century ago, including on skyscrapers in the world’s biggest cities, luxury multi-family residences, corporate offices, cultural buildings, and on educational facilities at an array of American universities.

Unlock Your Design

Ellison balanced doors can help take a design to the next level and ensure that the entryways are executed perfectly. In fact, Ellison doors are never mass produced on an assembly line, rather, they are still custom-made to an architect’s exacting requirements just like they were in the 1920s. Custom balanced doors from Ellison can be manufactured from a variety of materials and finishes and to an array of sizes and dimensions. Doors can be customized up to 12’ tall and 48” wide to meet a wide array of architectural requirements. Plus, architects have a variety of material options at their disposal to deliver versatile designs, including:

  • Bronze
  • Stainless steel
  • Aluminum
  • Glass
  • Wood

Quality Over Quantity

Doors that are made from high-quality, sustainable materials that are able to withstand the pedestrian foot traffic and weather conditions are crucial for commercial buildings. Keeping quality a top priority, Ellison’s craftsmen make each and every door by hand to ensure the highest level of satisfaction and longevity once installed. Ellison pre-assembles and pre-hangs each door before it leaves the factory, allowing for fine-tuning and ensuring that each door operates properly and effortlessly like a balanced door should. Plus, Ellison doors are made from thicker materials compared to traditional entry doors, so they are more likely to possess greater resistance to dings and dents.

In addition, Ellison is committed to supporting any maintenance requirements for the lifespan of the door. If a door happens to need maintenance over the years, Ellison maintains records for every door it has ever made dating all the way back to the 1920s, ensuring that upkeep or replacements will never be a hassle.

An Investment That Lasts a Lifetime

To accommodate the hustle and bustle of people in and out of commercial buildings, a door needs to be constructed to last. One reason Ellison balanced doors last is because they are unlike conventional doors where the full weight of the door leaf hangs from the hinges. Instead, the weight of a balanced door shifts downward due to its design, eliminating the stress seen in hinge doors. This balanced fulcrum point more evenly distributes the weight of the door, which reduces wear and tear for the long term. This makes Ellison balanced doors stronger and remain operational longer.

In addition, a balanced door’s design allows for a fluid range of motion that permits even heavy doors to be opened easily, even under the harshest wind or pressure conditions.

Doors That Transcend

Ellison balanced doors were an architectural innovation when they were invented in 1927. To this day, Ellison doors still remain the most innovative on the market. The company has remained committed to old-world craftsmanship while weaving modern technologies into their processes to ensure Ellison doors remain ahead of the curve with regard to high-quality manufacturing.

Groundbreaking in the 20th century and still the leader in the industry today.

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