Updating Interior Architectural Doors

Challenges in Updating Interior Architectural Doors

If you’ve landed a design project to update a commercial building, one of many elements you will want to think about is retrofitting the doors and door frames. There are many design elements to consider, especially in buildings with a historic designation. Safety, preservation of character, and incorporating performance features are key. Here, we discuss the challenges of updating and developing interior architectural doors and door frames.

Updating Doors and Door Frames for Safety

Safety is a top priority when developing an existing building. It’s important that you balance creative design and aesthetic with the safety and security of the building’s occupants.

Fire-Rated Doors


When bringing doors and door frames up to current building codes, you might start with using specific fire-rated doors. The existing doors are likely to be solid wood or hollow, depending on the age of the building. Fire-rated doors can protect against both fire and smoke, potentially saving lives, and reducing liability in the event of a fire.

Primary codes that address fire rating requirements include:

Areas of a building where a fire is more likely to start, such as a kitchen in a nursing facility or hospital, will require fire-rated doors of a specific rating.

Attack Resistant Openings

Another type of commercial door to consider is an attack resistant opening. Unfortunately, there have been hundreds of gunfire incidents on schools and other public buildings in the United States over the past decade. Many commercial design clients today want attack resistant door openings that can mitigate the risk of violent incidents.

Thanks to several layers of protection and strong materials, attack resistant openings will remain intact, even if shot by bullets or physically struck. That strength can buy valuable time until help arrives.

Redeveloping a Historic Building

Stile and Rail

Historic buildings are noticed for their unique styles, building materials, and architectural design. While original doors can add character and charm to a history building, they can also be troublesome to update or replace.

The Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings have simple standards for updating original buildings while preserving their historicity. Generally, their guidelines suggest that you fix what can be fixed. If it can’t be fixed, find a replacement. If you can’t find a replacement, find a solution that looks similar to the original.

Replacement doors should replicate the original doors as closely as possible. Fortunately, interior wood doors can be customized to a wide range of styles and stained or painted to match other design elements. If a unique style can’t be duplicated exactly, then the replacement should be modern yet complementary, and speak to the unique character of the building.

Incorporating Newer Performance Features

Updating architectural doors in an existing structure allows you to incorporate new, modern features that can add to the building’s value, or improve quality of life for its occupants.

Noise control is often a concern for commercial buildings. Doors with high Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings absorb sound as it passes through it. With the right STC-rated doors, the noise level in bustling environments like office buildings, schools, and medical facilities can be kept to a minimum.

“Green” architectural design choices are rising in popularity as well. Sustainable doors rated by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program incorporate recycled content materials, saving energy and reducing impact on the environment.

Consider a Classic Stile and Rail Design

Stile and rail doors are a classic choice of door that work well in a variety of architectural projects, including updating and preserving history buildings.

High Quality

A stile and rail door looks like a single carved piece of wood, but it is assembled from a dozen or more pieces. Horizontal rails and vertical stiles with panels secured in between are combined to make a high-quality, precisely constructed door.

Because of its construction, stile and rail doors are sturdy and more resistant to sound transfer. They can also be customized to meet fire-rating specifications.

Flexible Design Options

Thanks to a detailed, multi-step construction process, stile and rail doors can be modified to suit any architectural style. Panels can be flat panel, mitered rim, or louvered. You may also choose to add hardware, or lites and archtops.

Furthermore, you can choose veneerspaint colorsstains, or wood species to complement the features and style of the existing building. Midcentury, art deco, contemporary, and more, stile and rail doors can be customized and used for virtually any commercial building redesign.

To learn more about the wide range of options available when you need to retrofit doors for a redevelopment project, browse our wood doors or contact your Masonite Architectural representative

How Masonite Updated Its Historic Office With Custom Doors

Masonite, parent of Masonite Architectural and one of the world’s largest door manufacturers, broke ground on a new global headquarters in the historic Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Florida, in November 2018. Naturally, selecting the interior doors for the office was an important part of the design process. Here’s a look at how we updated our office’s historic interior with custom manufactured doors.

Interior Design Challenges in a Historic Locale

Ybor City, a booming center for the cigar industry in the late 1800s, has distinct Spanish, Cuban and Italian architectural influences. The eclectic neighborhood blends vintage boutiques, upscale restaurants and unique nightlife with old-world cobblestone streets and historic architecture.

When designing a new workspace for more than 200 Tampa-based Masonite employees, Alfonso Architects sought to integrate historic Ybor influences into a modern, open environment. The architects leveraged Masonite’s expertise and innovative nature to enhance the blended aesthetic with unique interior wood doors.

Howard Heckes, CEO of Masonite, adds:

“Doors do more than open and close – they have the power to make spaces brighter, quieter and more impactful. As a leading door manufacturer, it was important for us to focus on the pivotal role our products play in defining this space.”

Masonite Ybor Office Lobby

A Statement Door for the Common Area

The most remarkable feature of the new four-story headquarters is the massive stranded lumber entry door to the main common area. A true statement piece, the door is the first thing that most employees and visitors notice upon their arrival. Within the structure of the door, meticulous laid cutouts provide a line of sight into other common areas of the first floor. As the designer explains:

“In addition to many key design features throughout the building, we wanted to communicate the soul of Masonite at the main public entry door on the ground level. This resulted in a dramatic 12-foot-high, 525-pound, solid hardwood cross-laminated statement door with a functionally elegant modern design.”

This unique door was manufactured by the Masonite Architectural’s plant in London, Ontario, known for making stile and rail doors. It required more than 45 hours of labor and 30 team members. The London team had to account for the swinging door portion as well as the large stationary side section. In total, the door contained 396 board feet of white ash, maple, birch and red oak veneer. The door components were stabilized by four pallets on each side and bolted vertically.

Tampa-based Integrated Door Systems needed a crew of eight to move the statement door into place and install it. The door is on a large automatic opener triggered by a common card reader.

Customized Doors for Offices

For the offices, the designers turned to Masonite Architectural’s flush door plant in Saint-Ephrem, Quebec, to produce one-off custom doors. Masonite employees got to design them themselves. The custom doors used the same wood species and color for a consistent aesthetic, but with variations in glazing and design to reflect each team member’s personality.

“Helping to design the door for our own office was exciting as it was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to personalize a product for my own workspace,” said Graham Thayer, Senior Vice President of Masonite Architectural.

Masonite Ybor Office with open green doors

Flush and Louvered Doors for Restrooms

A plain sliced white maple with a clear finish was selected to match the project’s flush wood doors and full-length louvered bathroom doors. Each door features a different lite layout and integrates glass from Masonite’s strategic glass providers.

Doors Make the Space

The results of the project have helped Masonite’s team internally while also giving the company ideas helping clients achieve their design goals through proper door selection. As Heckes explains:

“Our company vision is to open new doors for our customers, partners and employees and we pride ourselves in a culture that promotes new ideas and inclusiveness. This new, state-of-the-art headquarters will lay the framework for helping our teams here in Tampa, as well as our employees, partners and customers around the globe, discover all-new ways to walk through walls.”

For your next office design project, explore all that Masonite Architectural has to offer for every part of the office environment. Find the door performance features you need along with a wide range of design features and finish options to create exactly the right look.

Commercial Doors 101

While they only account for a small percentage of a building’s design budget, commercial doors are a key component of a successful project. Commercial doors do more than complete your design. Certain performance features are required for compliance with building codes, but that doesn’t mean they need to appear boring. It’s smart to focus on a commercial door’s technical specs and performance needs before its design, but aesthetics can’t be forgotten, either. That’s why it’s important to understand a few commercial door basics to ensure the doors you specify meet your project’s architectural and design needs.

Here’s a rundown of the most important elements of commercial doors that architects and designers need to know to plan a successful project.

Commercial Door Styles

Doors come in many different styles, but they can be broadly separated into flush wood doors and stile and rail doors.

Flush Wood Doors

Flush wood doors have a smooth, or flush, surface without any moldings. It is common for flush doors to be covered with ply, MDF board, or wood and finished with laminate or painted. They are often specified for hospitals, hotels, and schools. Flush doors are better sound insulators and tend to be more fire-resistant and pest resistant.

Stile and Rail Doors

Stile and rail doors get their name from the horizontal wood joiners (rails) and vertical wood joiners (stiles) that create the panels on the door. These doors are more stylish and aesthetically pleasing, but they tend to cost more because of the extensive craftsmanship that goes into making them.

open door to couple in hotel

Commercial Door Core Types

Doors typically come as solid wood, hollow-core, or solid core. Hollow doors actually have a cardboard honeycomb inside. When it comes to commercial solid door cores, there are four main types:

  • Structural Composite Lumber (SCL) Core: Strands of different types of small-diameter hardwood trees combined with special resins. It is more durable and heavier than particleboard.
  • Particleboard Core: Ground-up raw wood glued together. It is durable, low cost, and widely available. Particleboard is suitable for most commercial construction.
  • MDF Core: Glued wood fibers for a core that is more dense than particleboard. It makes a durable, budget-friendly choice.
  • Mineral Core: A mix of noncombustible minerals used in fire-rated doors. They are very lightweight but require woodblocking to hold screws for hardware.
mineral core of a door illustration

Commercial Door Surface Types

Depending on the style of commercial door, there are several broad categories of surface types to choose from. You will find variations on each of these, making for a wide range of options to meet just about any style or performance need.

  • Laminates: Typically made of plastic bonded to a composite base, it is printed to look like real wood.
  • Veneers: Thin pieces of wood glued directly onto the door core.
  • Fiberboard. Available in different densities and ideal for painting.

Painted or Stained Wood Doors

When it comes to painting or staining a commercial door, it is important to remember that paint is often less costly, more durable, and provides more protection than a stain. Likewise, paint quality doors are more affordable than stain quality doors, and there is virtually no limit when it comes to door paint color. That said, stained doors offer a natural aesthetic better suited to certain projects. Essentially, it all comes down to your budget and the aesthetics you are trying to achieve.
white painted door in hotel room

Wood Species for Commercial Doors

The wood species you use can affect the door’s durability and color. Some of the most common species used include:

  • Maple: A strong, dense wood that is naturally light in color. Works well with both paint and stain.
  • Birch: A light-colored wood featuring a straight wood grain. Also works well with both paint and stain.
  • Cherry: A long-lasting medium-strength wood that is resistant to warping and is ideal for high-end projects. Exposure to sunlight can darken the wood over time.
  • Oak: A long-lasting, classic wood that is resistant to cracking and water damage. It is ideal for high-use doors with either paint or stain.
  • Mahogany: Perfect for high-end, executive projects. It is a darker color, limiting the stains it is compatible with.

Commercial Door Wood Cuts

The look and style of a door can be changed based on the wood cut, as it determines grain pattern and consistency. Common wood cuts for commercial doors include:

  • Rotary Cut: Blade spirals inward through trees producing a wood sheet. This is the most environmentally friendly and economical cut.
  • Flat Cut: Plain slicing of a log resulting in straighter grain and a more uniform look. This cut is highly affordable and a good option for commercial doors.
  • Quarter Cut: A log is first cut into quarters with layers cut from each quarter. Creates a tight vertical grain, producing a uniform look. In oak, this creates a “flake effect,” or shiny appearance.
  • Rift Cut: Only available in oak, this cut is made 15-degrees to the radial accentuating the vertical grain.
  • Comb Grain: Only available in oak, this cut has a tight, straight grain almost appearing as solid color, making it more costly.
veneer cut illustration

Impact Edge Commercial Doors

The edges of doors have the most wear and tear, leading to the veneer or laminate getting damaged. Impact edges help protect the edges of the door, ultimately increasing the durability of the door. Some can even remove the need for metal edges or kick plates.

Glass Lites for Interior Doors

Lites are framed glass panels fixed in the door, sidelight, or transom. They neither open nor have an operable sash, but they can vastly change the look and feel of a space by controlling the passage of light. They can be decorative or clear and are typically made with safety glass and insulated. They can also be used beside or above a door to add visual interest.

Commercial Door Opening Components

A door slab is one of the many components of a fully functional commercial door. Here are other important components found in door openings.

Hinges

The type of hinge required for a commercial door will depend on the purpose of the opening. Some of the most popular commercial hinges are:

  • Mortise/butt hinge: A removable pin joins two leaves that “butt” together when closed. Used with lightweight doors.
  • Ball bearing hinge: Two leaves combined by permanently lubricated bearings making it smooth and quiet. Used with heavy and wide doors.
  • Continuous hinge: A long, narrow hinge that goes the whole length of the door, providing more support and reducing stress on the hinge. Often used with fire doors.

Frames

Door frames play a key role in security. Wooden frames are susceptible to rot and damage, while steel door frames are more secure and can be attack resistant. Steel frames can also be wrapped in wood to match the aesthetic of a wood door but still provide additional security.

Hardware

Commercial doors require hardware of different kinds depending on the function of the door, where it is located, and the level of security needed. Hardware may include:

  • Doorknobs
  • Lever handles
  • Kickplates
  • Door sweeps
  • Locks and deadbolts
  • Door reinforcements
  • Panic bars and exit devices
  • Security devices
  • Door closers

Any selected hardware must be able to withstand the traffic and use required. It must also provide the necessary security. Keeping all of this in mind, the hardware must also match the rest of the space’s design.

ANSI Performance Levels

ANSI performance levels are national standards indicating the reliability of various commercial doors in certain environments and applications. There are three main levels:

  • Extra Heavy Duty: This is the highest performance standard applied to doors that receive frequent, extreme use, such as hospital patient rooms, public bathrooms, and classrooms.
  • Heavy Duty: This standard is used with doors that will still need a high-quality standard but are not in high-traffic areas, such as hotel room doors, apartment doors, and stairwell openings.
  • Standard Duty: This is a basic standard for doors that are in low-use areas, such as private bathrooms, storage rooms, or closets.

Always double-check the ANSI performance level of any commercial door and ensure it meets the required standards for the area before incorporating it into your design.

ADA Requirements for Commercial Doors

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that entrances, doors, and gates have certain measurements to ensure accessibility. Regulations require at least 60% of public entrances to be accessible in a new construction. If there are double-leaf doors, one active leaf must meet ADA criteria. ADA door measurements are:

  • Height opening of a minimum 80”
  • Width opening of a minimum 32″
  • No hardware above 48”
  • No projections into the opening below 34”
  • 10” of clear surface area from the floor
  • Thresholds must not exceed ¾” high for exterior sliding doors and ½” for other doors
  • Changes in level between ¼” and ½” must have a beveled slope

Contact Masonite Architectural for Help Finding the Right Commercial Doors for Your Project

While we’ve just shared a comprehensive resource to help you understand commercial doors, you may still have questions or need help selecting the right door.

Finding the right commercial door that meets all of the code requirements and fits into your overall design and aesthetic vision can be challenging. Masonite Architectural offers a range of commercial doors that give you the durable design you need to make your project a success. Contact us today to find the commercial doors you need.

How to Choose the Right Commercial Door Hardware

No interior door specification is complete without the right hardware. Hardware adds the finishing touch for style and contributes to safety and durability factors. It’s important to select the best hardware for any office, school, hospitality or healthcare project. Here you will find helpful information for selecting the safest, most attractive, and capable hardware for interior wood doors.

Door Hardware Available for Commercial Wood Doors

Having a clear view of all commercial door hardware available is an essential component in selecting the best options.

Hardware options for commercial wood doors include:

  • Lever handles
  • Doorknobs
  • Controls
  • Kickplates
  • Door sweeps
  • Locks and deadbolts
  • Door reinforcements
  • Panic bars and exit devices
  • Hinges
  • Security devices
half open double door in hotel

6 Things to Consider When Choosing Door Hardware

There are several key considerations when selecting the right hardware for your commercial design, ranging from the most basic to more high-tech functions. When choosing hardware for your doors, consider the following questions.

Which Way Should the Door Open?

How a door opens influences the look of the room on either side, the flow of light and air, privacy and the space available for furnishings. This seemingly simple question sometimes requires discussion with the client to think through all possible impacts. A door handing chart can help with making these decisions.

How Much Traffic Does the Door Need to Withstand?

Installing impact surfaces or impact edge doors eliminates the need for kickplates and strengthens the door’s durability. Masonite Architecual’s selection of Aspiro high-impact edge doors is available in an expansive range of woodgrains and solid colors, creating a stylish and professional facility, from hotels to hospitals.

Does the Hardware Need to Match Other Design Elements?

In order to make the best aesthetic decision, look at how the hardware complements other fixtures, along with millwork, flooring, and any other design element. Keeping everything in mind as one overall design creates a clean and attractive look.

What are the Security Needs of the Space?

One of the most important aspects to consider when selecting door hardware is security. Consider the client’s specific needs as well as changing ideas and technology.

Schools and other public facilities might seek attack resistant hardware. Attack-resistant openings provide a critical delay against an attacker until help can arrive. Hardware plays a role in the overall security of the door opening.

More office and hospitality clients are looking for “contactless” doors with electronic locks that respond to RFID devices. This feature contributes to hygiene as well as security. There are also automatic door sensors, mobile key platforms, door operators, and locksets. Biometric scanners that read fingerprints or faces makes sense for buildings with advanced security needs, like medical labs or government offices.

Will the Hardware be Easy to Use?

If the hardware is not reliable and or easy to use, clients and their customers won’t care how beautiful it is. For any facility, select the most user friendly but secure equipment. For example, in a healthcare environment, will the door be used by people with physical challenges? In a school, will it be used by children? In a hotel, will users likely have their hands full with service trays or luggage? In any environment, of course, needs of people with disabilities must be considered, such as the ability to open a door while using a wheelchair or walker.

What Cost Considerations are Involved?

Now consider the cost of the interior door hardware. Does the pricing work with your client’s budget? Lastly, it is good to know the proper maintenance and care for the hardware in order to educate the client, depending on the frequency of use and potential for damage.

open white door with silver handle

Factory Installation vs. Job Site Installations for Door Hardware

Masonite Architectural highly recommends interior door hardware installation be factory-prepared before arriving on the job site. Doing so helps to achieve the best handling, installation, and long-lasting wear.

The right choice in hardware for commercial interior doors should ultimately bring together style and functionality to your facility with thoughtful construction and flexible technology. Explore our interior wood doors and start envisioning them with the perfect hardware for your space.

Changing Times for Office Design and Construction

As trusted providers of interior wood doors for design projects across the country, we are watching how the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts will affect the commercial construction industry. It’s no secret that the outlook for the 2020 non-residential construction market is bleak. April 2020 saw non-residential construction starts down more than 30 percent year-over-year and down 22 percent from their five year April average. Here, we share some thoughts on the future of office design, including the role of office door performance in constructing spaces clients want.

Brooklyn Craft e-Commerce Headquarters Office

Commercial Construction Predictions

A recent article in Architect Magazine stated bluntly, “companies are questioning their traditional investment in expensive real estate.” While some worry that commercial office construction is a thing of the past, the article goes on to predict, “we will eventually return to a collective workplace, but one that has changed beyond what we could have previously imagined.”

A tighter market means more competition to deliver the best designs, particularly for office space, where demands are changing fast. Success means understanding client needs from layout to doors and windows and more.

Assessing Changing Office Design Demands

While many offices adapted to a work-from-home model, the trend is toward returning to the office, whether on a staggered schedule or with precautions in place. Many still put stock in the benefits of in-person interaction. Therefore, companies who choose to keep employees working on-site in an office will face greater demands from employees and, in turn, real estate companies will face greater demands from office tenants.

Doors Contribute to Calming Office Spaces

Workers returning to the office want stress-reducing experiences. Office designs may emphasize connection to natural elements, such as wood, and calming colors. Interior wood doors available in a wide range of stains and colors can contribute to such an environment. STC-rated doors can reduce sound transfer, creating quieter work spaces, which also help to reduce stress.

Daylighting in Offices

Design changes influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic in many cases will eliminate open, team-work style spaces, and allow for more isolation and privacy. However, putting up walls means the need for glass partitions and lites in order to allow in natural light. Glass is becoming a sought-after building material for contemporary office design. It provides a great intermediary to counter the adverse effects of light deprivation or isolation. Daylighting has long been shown to enhance worker productivity and well being. The strategic use of glass lites in commercial doors, or as sidelites and transoms create naturally-lit, comfortable spaces.

two office doors with sidelites

Less Crowded Spaces

For a long time, the trend was toward creating more density in office buildings. Now, in the interest of social distancing, workers will be arranged with more personal space. Workstations will likely be further apart and partitions will divide up spaces. It’s likely that a particular space will need more office doors than it would have previously.

Explore Office Doors Now for 2020 and Beyond

Now, as always, interior office doors can influence a healthy and productive workforce by providing secure, attractive work spaces to keep work projects moving forward. As trends change, even in a challenging market, Masonite Architectural can provide a wide range of interior door styles and performance functions to meet every need. Request samples today or explore your options with our Door Selector.

Handling Wood Doors in the Field

Finding and specifying all of the elements for your construction project is only the beginning. You need to count on quality all the way through from buying to installation to help ensure a positive result for your clients. Wood interior doors require correct handling and installation to perform up to expectations and last as long as expected. Here we provide some insights on how to handle Masonite Architectural wood doors once they arrive at your job site.

1. Inspect Doors When You Receive Them

It’s always a good idea to inspect any assets as soon as you receive them, and doors are no exception. Because Masonite Architectural’s warranties do not extend to doors installed with obvious defects, check carefully for any freight damage. If you notice any damage, note it on the delivery receipt and notify your distributor immediately. We will take appropriate steps to address any issues.

2. Storage of Wood Doors

Timing is everything in a construction project and there is often a need to store one element temporarily while the project progresses to the right stage. When your wood interior doors arrive, store them flat on a level surface in a dry, well-ventilated location. Cover the doors to protect them from dirt, water, and abuse while allowing for air circulation under and around the stack.

Protect Doors from Discoloration

Cherry, mahogany, walnut, and certain other species of wood tend to discolor if exposed to sunlight or some artificial light sources. Protect doors in those species by also specifying that they be covered with opaque wrap. Some wood species, like oak, contain acids that react with ferrous metals, producing a dark blue-black stain. To avoid this result, keep steel wool or other metal materials away from raw wood doors.

Protect Doors from Heat and Humidity

Intense weather conditions wreak havoc on wood. We recommend storing wood doors at 30 to 50 percent relative humidity and 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not subject interior doors to conditions outside this range, as doing so could lead to cracks, warping, or other damage.

Humidity poses a threat to wood doors not just during storage but also following their installation. It is wise to wait until HVAC systems are installed, operating and balanced to make sure the environment isn’t too damp or too dry.

3. Installing Wood Doors

Anyone handling your wood doors should have clean hands or wear clean gloves. When moving the doors, do not drag one door across the surface of another. Instead, lift and carry each door to its new location. Or if available, use a panel dolly for stress-free maneuverability.

Installing Hardware

Follow manufacturer instructions for installing locks or other security devices. Details for installation of door hardware can be found on the Masonite Architectural website.

Installation of Fire-Rated Doors

white doors in hotel room

All fire-rated doors must be installed in accordance with NFPA-80 and must be pre-fit and machined by Masonite Architectural or other licensed machiners. While it is best not to cut doors for openings smaller than those for which they are manufactured, licensed machiners may bevel the stiles at the rate of 1/8″ in 2″ so proper clearance can be maintained.

The standard location for Intertek Testing Serve-Warnock Hersey (ITS-WH) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) fire-rated door labels is on the hinge stile of the door. It identifies the door as fire-rated. Do not remove, cover up, or paint over the metal fire label.

Do not trim the door lock stile with concealed or exposed intumescence. Doors may be undercut a maximum of 3/4″ from the bottom as long as clearances are maintained per NFPA-80.

Why Choose Factory Finished Doors?

While you can choose to finish doors in the field, it’s recommended that you have wood doors finished in the controlled environment of a factory. With Masonite Architectural, every door is matched to your specifications so you are not limited to a list of common finishes.

Choose from numerous stains and paints to match almost any color available. Factory finishing helps ensure consistency of color, texture and coating across your whole project. Our state-of-the-art spray systems with optimal flash-drying and cooling cycles help provide more durability than field-painted wood doors.

If you do choose to finish them in the field, use high quality finishing materials according to the finishing manufacturer’s directions. Always prepare wood doors before applying stain or topcoat. Keep in mind that any natural color variations in the veneer that exists prior to finishing will be accentuated after stain and finish are applied.

Finding the Right Doors for Every Part of Your Project

Masonite Architectural’s wide range of Aspiro and Cendura Series commercial wood doors, customizable to any look or requirement, allow you to specify all of your doors in one place. We are here to help with the entire process, from selecting to installing. For more detailed information, refer to WDMA I.S. 1A, Industry Standard for Architectural Wood Flush Doors.

Graham and Maiman Brand History

In the fields of architecture and design, you come to know and trust certain brand names and probably have files full of samples and literature from products you prefer to specify. In working with architectural and commercial doors, you have likely encountered Graham flush wood doors or Maiman stile and rail doors. These high-quality products are now within the Masonite Architectural family. If you happen to be looking for Graham or Maiman doors, here is an update on where to find them..

Graham and Maiman Join Masonite Architectural

Graham architectural products trace their history back to the 1960s in rural Pennsylvania. Maiman likewise established itself as a respected brand over the course of the last 30-plus years. The legacy, beauty, and reliability of both brands has made them a favorite choice for architects and designers in construction projects nationwide.

Masonite Architectural acquired Graham Manufacturing Corporation and The Maiman Company in 2018; both were part of AADG, Inc. at the time. Under the Masonite Architectural brand, Graham continues to provide the non-residential construction industry with a full range of premium and custom grade architectural flush wood doors. Maiman products still include high-end architectural stile and rail and thermal fused flush wood doors as well as wood door frames.

As well known brands, Graham and Maiman augment Masonite Architectural’s already robust portfolio of products with options for virtually every part of hospital, school, hotel, office, or other commercial construction projects.

The Value of Two Great Brands from One Manufacturer

One of the challenges of large commercial projects is the need for many different kinds of design elements to meet different aesthetic and performance needs. The availability of Graham and Maiman products from a single manufacturer helps to streamline your orders for architectural doors.

Graham and Maiman can provide most types and styles of wood doors and is one of the few manufacturers able to deliver both custom and standard doors in the same order. Therefore, architects enjoy total design freedom with the ability to choose or modify any doors to meet their exact design plans.

Graham and Maiman Paint and Stain Colors

Graham and Maiman have always been available in a wide range of factory-finished paint and stain colors, offering you the perfect look to match any project. You can continue to choose a high quality factory finish in any Pantone color, along with painted accessories, or explore our full range of veneers and stain colors.

Aspiro stile and rail doors in hotel lobby

Sustainability of Graham and Maiman Doors

The Graham and Maiman product lines offer doors built from renewable materials and cores that contain no added urea-formaldehyde. They have also achieved several GREENGUARD certifications for meeting green building standards. At Masonite Architectural, our field representatives include accredited LEED AP professionals who can advise you on making sustainable choices.

Find All Your Favorite Commercial Door Brands at Masonite Architectural

Graham and Maiman aren’t the only brands to join the Masonite Architectural family. In recent years, we have also acquired nine other door brands, including Algoma, Baillargeon, Harring, Marshfield, Mohawk, and USA Wood Door. For your clients who are familiar with these names, you can assure them that they can expect the same quality door products as always—but now with the benefit of getting them from one manufacturer.

Our goal is to provide you with the products and expertise to specify all the wood doors you need for any architectural or commercial project. Make sure to visit our samples and literature page and browse our other product lines, including Aspiro and Cendura, to make sure your door samples and website bookmarks are up to date.

Not sure which brands you want? Try our door selector tool.