The Exterior Pivoting Wall System is a configuration of exterior doors that form a wall when each door is in the closed position. Each door operates independently of the other doors.
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*Handle and lock sets sold separately.
Product available in customer-defined sizes:
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Product comes with a two-year limited warranty.
Product carries no certifications.
Measurements to Know
When sizing the door you will need to consider two principle measurements, rough opening and frame size. See the image below for reference.
The rough opening is the distance from stud to stud for framing purposes. We advise that you build a rough opening that is ½ in. wider and 1/2 in. taller than the total door unit. We find that this allows for sufficient shimming and adjustments during installation.
The Frame Width is the actual width of the door jamb. When determining the frame width you want to put in a number that is at least a half inch less than the rough opening size to allow room to square and level the door. For example, for a rough opening 48 inches wide, order a frame width of 47 1/2 inches.
The Frame Height is the actual height of the door jamb. This includes the the header and threshold. When determining the frame height you want to put in a number that is at least a half inch less than the rough opening size to allow room to square and level the door. For example, for a rough opening 96 inches tall, order a frame height of 96 1/2 inches.
Number of Doors
You must choose the number of doors that make up the wall system. We will use the Frame Width and the Number of Doors to calculate the width of the individual doors in the wall system. For example, if the frame width is 120 inches and you indicate that the Number of Doors in the wall system should be 5, the individuals doors will be approximately 24 inches wide. If the frame width is 120 inches and you indicate the Number of Doors should be 4, the individual doors will be approximately 30 inches wide. If the frame width is 120 inches and you indicate the Number of Doors should be 3, the individual doors will be approximately 40 inches wide. Please contact us directly if you wish to configure the wall system and door widths differently.
You may choose from a number of our popular interior doors styles. Please use the diagram below to to identify which door style you wish to incorporate into the wall system design. Contact us with questions about custom styles.
Choosing a Wood Species...
We offer a range of wood species to go standard with our doors. If you would like something other than what we have, in most cases we can source wood types that are not listed below, though prices will vary.
Jamb depth depends on the thickness of the walls into which the door unit will be placed. Most walls are studded out with 2x4’s or 2x6’s, and so, our most common jamb depths are 4 5/8 in. and 6 5/8 in., respectively. Usually the jamb is flush with the interior and exterior wall covering, with the seam covered by casing.
We have standard jamb depths of
4 5/8 in.
5 1/4 in.
5 1/2 in.
6 5/8 in.
7 1/2 in.
If you wish for us to provide a jamb depth different from one of our standard options, please contact us.
Jamb Depth Dimension
You may choose between two different finishes for the aluminum threshold cover plate: black or grey.
Black (Dark Bronze Anodized)
Grey (Mill Finish Aluminum)
You can choose from two standard threshold configurations, depending upon your project specifications: type 1 or type 2.
If there is any type of wood covering on the interior of the house, you will need a type 2. The type 2 threshold has a 90 degree angle on the interior facing side for the wood covering to butt up against.
If the exterior floor is the same level as the interior floor, you will need a type 1 threshold. More commonly, though, the exterior floor is lower than the interior floor and you will need a type 2 threshold.
When you order your pivot-hung entryway, you have options when it comes to how the door will swing. Though 99% of the time, you will want a door that swings into the interior (in-swing), we are set up to build jambs where the door swings out to the exterior (pushing your visitors out of the pathway of your tremendous door).
However, when it comes to right-hand or left-hand swing, the layout of your installation site will determine the swing configuration. To determine if the door is left-hand or right-hand in-swing, imagine you are looking at the door from the street. If the pivot point is on the left side, it is a left-hand in-swing. If the pivot point is on the right-hand side, the door is a right-hand in-swing.
Diagram of Potential Configurations
Swing configuration defines the direction of the door motion and from which side the pivot is placed
The pivot placement is the distance the pivot pin will be placed away from the vertical edge of the rough opening. Generally speaking, we suggest placing the pivot over one quarter of the distance of the door width. We find that this presents a solid aesthetic for most door dimensions.
The pivot placement indicates where your want the doors in the wall system to pivot. The pivot distance can be 1/4 the width of the door, which means the pivot will be placed a quarter of the way into the door. If you choose a pivot distance of 1/2 the width of the door, the pivot will be placed in the center of the door on each door in the wall system. You may also choose a fixed pivot distance of 4 inches, regardless of the door width. Please contact us if you need a custom pivot placement. See the diagram below for a visual representation.
In almost all cases, customers will wish to specify the Standard Free-swing pivot hardware, which allows the door to move as a standard hinge hardware would. We offer the Closer hardware upgrade for customers using the door in commercial applications or for customers who want the doors to always return to a fixed position automatically.
Free-swing Pivot Hinge
Our standard pivot hardware is a durable, specially engineered free-swing pivot hinge. This pivot hardware works for a wide range of doors, from small to very large. No matter the door size, the free-swing pivot hinge allows for effortless door operation. The hardware incorporates sets of ball-bearings for smooth, long-lasting performance. The door swings freely around the pivot point. There are no springs or tension pulling the door closed.
Closer, Dorma BTS/80
In commercial applications and in rare residential applications, we install a bottom closer. The bottom closer creates constant tension on the door’s swing to pull the door into the closed position. This means one must hold the door in order to keep it open. With a closer the door will not rest in an open position unless the hold-open feature is activated, which holds the door open at a 100° angle.
Standard 6 Weeks to Ship
Your door leaves the shop six weeks from order confirmation. Allow additional time* for freight delivery. See map below for approximate transit times to your region.
Rush 3-1/2 Weeks to Ship
If 6 six weeks is not soon enough, we can get you a custom door in a month or less if you choose the Rush Option. The additional charge covers paying the extra hours worked by the production team and the cost of Fedex Freight Priority Shipping, which cuts down delivery time. The door will ship 3 1/2 weeks from the date of order confirmation. Allow additional time* for freight delivery. See map below for approximate transit times to your region.
*Pivot Door Company guarantees ship dates; we do not guarantee delivery times. Ship times depend on the carrier. That being said, we have come to trust and see great reliability in Fedex Freight.
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