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Union is aware of the safety role of door closers, and Dumsday says the company always tries to specify at the top of the range, in an effort to increase architects' awareness of fire safety. But Union does offer a range of door closers for different levels of security, door weight, delayed action or fire requirements.

It has been careful to design a range of closer covers that match the door levers on offer. 'Architects are looking to make an overall statement with a door, which is why aesthetics are so important, ' says Dumsday. 'You can't have jagged edges on one item and smooth lines on another.

But at the same time you must never compromise on the safety aspects of a door - especially the door closer, because its main purpose is for fire safety.

Everyone wants things to look nice, but safety standards must never be compromised.'

Dumsday adds that it is important to work closely with architects on the specification of door closers, to ensure they understand exactly how they want the door to perform, and what conditions it will be subject to.

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