Technical Data Series
The following is a list of the current Technical Documents available from the Steel Door Institute. All of our standards are free of charge, and are also available collectively in a single PDF called the Fact File.
SDI Certified Manufacturers produce high quality doors that are suited for many industries and can be sold across the US. Some our popular products include: Fire Rated Doors, Fire Proof Doors, Fire Rated Frames, Fire Proof Frames, Hollow Metal Doors, Hollow Metal Frames, Blast Doors, and Bullet Proof Doors.
Note: All values which do not carry specific tolerances or are not marked maximum or minimum shall have the following tolerances: Linear dimensions shall be ± 1/16 in. (1.6 mm). Weight or force shall be ± 2%. Angles shall be ± 2 degrees. Where only minus tolerances are given, the dimensions are permitted to be exceeded at the option of the manufacturers.
Recommended Selection and Usage Guide for Standard Steel Doors
Establishes guide criteria for the selection and usage of 1-3/4″ and 1-3/8″ standard steel doors in building types such as apartment, dormitory, hotel/motel, hospital/nursing home, industrial, office and school.
Standard Steel Doors and Frames for Modular Masonry Construction.
Information on the installation of standard steel doors and frames in modular masonry construction.
Recommended Details for Standard Steel Doors, Frames, Accessories and Related Components
111-A Recommended Standard Steel Door Details
Covers recommended steel door frame details as they are affected by common wall conditions.
111-B Recommended Standard Details for Dutch Doors
Standard dimensions for Dutch doors.
111-C Recommended Louver Details for Standard Steel Doors
Covers a variety of louver designs and sizes for standard steel doors.
111-D Recommended Door, Frame and Hardware Schedule for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Contains a suggested door, frame and hardware schedule form and defines “handing”.
111-E Recommended Guidelines for the Use of Gasketing and Thresholds for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Contains details which represent the recommendations of the SDI in respect to weather-stripping of standard steel doors and frames.
111-F Recommended Existing Wall Anchors for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
A guide for architects to recognize available options to the traditional sub buck detail which has been widely used in the past. Also illustrates anchoring systems for both regular and labeled frames.
111-G Recommended Standard Preparation for Double Type (Interconnected) Locks on Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Dimensions for standard door and frame preparation for double type (interconnected) locks.
111-H High Frequency Hinge Preparations for Frames
Specifications for steel frames used in extremely high frequency or high use areas which need to be supplied with additional reinforcing to eliminate potential door sag.
Zinc-Coated (Galvanized/Galvannealed) Steel Doors and Frames
Provides information on the zinc-coated sheet used in steel door and frame construction when zinc-coated doors and frames are specified.
Standard Practice for Determining the Steady-State Thermal Transmittance of Steel Door and Frame Assemblies
This document establishes a minimum standard and a method of test for thermal effectiveness of steel door and frame assemblies under circumstances that might reasonably be considered normal field applications and conditions.
Manufacturing Tolerances for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Provides users of standard steel doors and frames with definitive information regarding manufacturing tolerances.
Basic Fire Door, Fire Door Frame, Transom/Sidelight Frame, and Window Frame Requirements
This document contains rules and other information in a condensed simplified manner in respect to code requirements for the design and use of fire doors.
Installation Troubleshooting Guide for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Covers field installation problems most commonly experienced with standard steel door and frame installations. Most problems encountered are because of inappropriate application of the products and/or improper installation.
Maintenance of Standard Steel Doors and Frames
A general outline of maintenance activities needed for hollow metal doors and frames. It should be noted that the door and frame are virtually maintenance free. Maintenance will be, for the most part, associated with accessories and hardware attached to the door and frame.
Industry Alerts (A through L)
- 127-A End Closure
- 127-B Door Edge Cutouts
- 127-C Frame Cutout Limits
- 127-D Electric Strikes in Stud Walls
- 127-E Prime Painted Materials Alert
- 127-F Butted Frames Rough Opening Sizes
- 127-G Environmental Considerations Relating to Factory Painted Steel Doors and Frames
- 127-H Water Penetration
- 127-I Grouting Frames in Drywall
- 127-J Bituminous Back-Coating of Frames
- 127-K Improper Wedges as Hold-Opens
- 127-L Buyer Beware: Steel Doors with Lead-Based Primer
Guidelines for Acoustical Performance of Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Provides guidelines for the specifying, installing, and adjusting of standard steel doors and frames in applications where sound control is a consideration.
Hinge and Strike Spacing
A reference of standard locations used in the manufacture of steel door and frames by SDI member companies for a variety of door sizes.
Electronic Hinge Preparations
Provides an acceptable method for preparing frames for 4-1/2″, 5″ or continuous electric hinges, allowing frame manufacturers to provide frames prior to having knowledge of the specific electric hinge being used.
Accelerated Physical Endurance Test Procedure for Steel Doors
This test procedure provides manufacturers with a method of quickly testing the performance of doors.
Guideline for Specifying Steel Doors and Frames for Blast Resistance
Serves as a guide on the specification of blast resistant door assemblies.
Glossary of Terms for Hollow Metal Doors and Frames
Definitions of terms commonly used in connection with hollow metal work, defined as they apply specifically to hollow metal, may be defined differently by other industries.
Guidelines to Measure for Replacement Doors in Existing Frame Openings
Provides guidance for measuring and recording existing opening and/or door dimensions required to fully detail a replacement door.
Guideline for Specifying Windstorm Products
Covers the methodology and criteria used for the specification and selection of windstorm resistant door opening assemblies for non-residential construction
Recommended Specifications for Standard Steel Doors and Frames
Redesignated as A250.8
Hardware for Standard Steel Doors and Frames withdrawn
Recommended Standard Door Type Nomenclature withdrawn