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.
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.
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.
As the first attempt at finger safety, plastic guards covered the gap between the door and frame. In some situations, like the home, they’re safe and do the job. However, in high traffic areas, like schools, hospitals, restaurants and retail environments, they’re simply not durable enough.
They crack and split
Although cheap, plastic finger guards aren’t built to last. Typically, after between six months and two years of normal use in schools, GPs, restaurants or swimming pools, they split and need replacing. And once broken, the original danger is exposed, putting fingers at risk.
A maintenance liability
The real cost of a plastic finger guard is anything but cheap. Taken over the typical 25-year lifespan of a school, replacing them costs between £500 and £1,000 per door, making them the most expensive option.
Plastic guards can be unsightly and rarely blend in with the environment. If the interior finish and doors have been carefully planned – perhaps in colourful laminate or attractive veneer – the finger guard should be just as aesthetically pleasing.
Flexible rubber hinge covers were developed to address the durability issues of plastic finger guards. Hard wearing and tough, they cover the complete gap, however fingers can still become trapped.
Doesn’t solve the problem
Rubber guards merely cover the gap between the door and frame. The rubber cover is rarely taut enough to prevent the guard being pushed into the hinge gap. This leaves open the possibility of fingers wandering into the gap and being trapped in a closing door.
Concertina-like rubber hinge covers are made from a material not usually used on doors. Even in the closed position, customers comment they’re eyecatching and impact the overall aesthetic.
Gathers dust and grime
The soft rubber surface attracts dust and is hard to clean. The folds also gather grime, which can become a hiding place for bacteria.
The single roller blind uses fabric tension to resist fingers pushing into the gap. And when you consider the cost of hinges, the roller blind finger guard, and the fitting, the cost is similar to our integral finger guard – which designs out the problem, offering superior safety and aesthetics.
Just hides gap
Unlike our clever designs, roller blind finger guards use fabric tension to create resistance and prevent trapped fingers. This is mostly effective but it’s not foolproof.
Affects opening force
The fabric tension resistance can make it challenging to comply with Approved Document M and BS 8300 (Opening Force for a Door).
A costly compromise
Roller blinds cost around the same as our Alumax integral finger guard — yet compromise on aesthetics. And if cost is an issue, our retrofit finger guard makes the perfect alternative. It’s durable and doesn’t impact the opening force.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BIM models, technical manuals, DWG and specification advice for our integral, finger-ejecting and extreme duty finger guards.
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