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EXTREME DUTY FINGER GUARD

Our extreme duty finger guard (Alufast) is made of solid aluminium that completely covers the gap, offering superior safety and robust protection that’s built to last.

The solid construction means it can withstand tough knocks, protecting the door edge from trolleys, wheelchairs and beds.  So as well as saving fingers, it saves money too by extending the life of the door.  Plus, it can be installed in just 15 minutes.

Durable

Solid aluminium construction can weather the toughest knocks and bumps, as well as withstanding potential abuse in every environment.

Speed of installation

Simple and quick to fit.

Protects the door

Thanks to its robust construction, Alufast protects the door, prolonging its life by deflecting the impact from passing traffic.

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Case study: Lancasterian Sen School

LANCASTERIAN SEN SCHOOL CASE STUDY


Indeed, in environments like the Lancasterian Special Education Needs school, wheelchair damage was causing plastic finger guards to split or tear within weeks. Manchester City Council (MCC) had previously tried a number of finger guard solutions without success.  Robustness and product life was a problem, with plastic finger guards being replaced every six to 12 months.

We were happy to install our extreme duty finger guard as we knew the solid aluminium construction would both keep fingers safe and protect doors from damage.  

After 12 months, MCC had installed Alufast in some of their most challenging school environments — and were so confident of its durability, they planned to roll it out across their entire education sector.

Comparisons

LIMITATIONS OF CURRENT FINGER GUARDS

Plastic

Plastic


Plastic finger guards cover the gap, but in high traffic environments, like schools, hospitals, restaurants and retail environments, they’re simply not durable enough.

  • Typically require replacement every 6-24 months in schools
  • Once broken, the original danger is exposed, putting fingers at risk
  • Unsightly, rarely blending with the environment

PLASTIC FINGER GUARD VIDEO

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Rubber

Rubber

Developed to address the durability issues of plastic finger guards, these hard wearing and tough finger guards cover the complete gap, however fingers can still become trapped.

  • Wandering fingers can push the guard into the gap
  • Highly visible
  • Gathers dust and grime

Rubber finger guard video

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Roller Blind

Roller blind

The single roller blind uses fabric tension to resist fingers pushing into the gap.  But they cost almost as much as an integral finger guard, yet compromise on aesthetics.

Roller blind finger guard video

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Architectural considerations

ARCHITECTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

 

Installation on door

Alufast is suitable for new or existing timber doors.  These need to have standard butt hinges and a minimum of 150mm on the door face where the guiderails will be fixed.  This is measured in the closed position from the stop.  

100° opening angle

Doors using Alufast must be restricted to a 100° maximum opening.  Floor and wall mounted door stops, overhead door restrictors, and cushion limiter stay installed into a slide arm door closer can all be used to limit the opening angle.

Variety of lengths

Alufast can be supplied in 1800mm and 1925mm lengths to ensure they fit on all doors.  We recommend the 1925mm version on 2040mm doors – it looks better.

Acoustics, door closers and fire rating

As a surface-mounted product, it doesn’t alter the door’s performance at all, so standard acoustics, door closers and fire rating still apply.

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