What is ANSI?

You may have seen something like “Conforms with ANSI…” next to the UL rated sign on some of the commercial hardware. But what does ANSI mean? If you happened to read the UL Listing post you may know a little bit about it. It stands for American National Standards Institute. This is an agency that tests and sets standards for lots of things.

You may also see something about BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers), which is a similar agency to ANSI. Unlike ANSI, BHMA specifically tests door hardware, where ANSI could be pretty much testing anything. To be a little more specific on testing and setting standards, ANSI grades the hardware for strength and longevity. You may have noticed that door hardware has different grades like grade 1, grade 2 and grade 3. Those are ANSI grades.

Grade 1 being the highest or the most heavy duty grade for door hardware. Grade one is used for public buildings, like schools or hospitals etc.

Grade 2 is considered more of a light commercial and used on apartment buildings, dentist offices or pretty much any office or business. For example, the Schlage F-Series residential and Weslock residential locks have a grade 2 rating.

Grade 3 is basically all the simple hardware you would find in the home. The doors at home aren’t used quite as often as more public places so they don’t require heavy duty hardware. Hardware like the Kwikset residential is a grade 3. And Sure-Loc would probably be a grade 3 if ANSI rated it.


What is UL Listing?

UL Listing (aka Underwriters Laboratories)  “is an independent product safety certification organization. Established in 1894, the company has its headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois.” For door hardware, UL Listing is basically saying that it’s been tested and meets safety requirements in case of fire. In other words, it will maintain it’s integrity for 3 hours if there were a fire and after that it’s probably destroyed. You will find that Commercial buildings usually require UL listed for 3 hour fire.  So, with the UL agency it’s comforting to know that they make sure and test the hardware for safety and also they make sure that the hardware will hold up long enough (3 hours) so that you can exit the building if you are inside when/if there is a fire. Each product is tested for fire resistance and performance, including swinging doors, glazing materials, frames, locks, closers, hinges and other door hardware products. Services UL includes:

  • *ANSI/UL 10C, Positive pressure fire tests of door assemblies.
  • *ANSI/UL 10B, Fire tests of Door Assemblies
  • UL 1784, Air Leakage Tests of Door Assemblies
  • NFPA 252, Standard Methods of Fire Tests of Door Assemblies
  • UL Subject 63, Outilne of Investigation for Fire Door Frames
  • CAN4-S104-M80, Standard Method for Fire Tests of Door Assemblies
You can find this and other info at UL.com.

*ANSI (American National Standards Institute) or BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) are similar agencies, but for testing and grading the hardware for strength and longevity. ANSI Grade for door hardware will be grade 1, grade 2, or grade 3. Grade 1 being the highest or heavy duty grade.

If you take a look at the Commercial hardware, you can click on the UL Listed category on the left and all of the commercial knobs and levers that are UL Listed will pop up. There are also order Emtek Deadbolts and the Schlage B60 deadbolt in a UL version, just give us a call to order.


EZSet EA Grade II Double Cylinder Comercial Lock

EZSet EA Grade II Double Cylinder Lock

This Double Cylinder Lock comes in a brushed stainless steel finish and choose from 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″ backsets.

Double Cylinder means that it used with a key to unlock/lock from the outside as well as on the inside. So keep a key handy if you want to lock or unlock the door while you are inside. This function will work with any application where keyed access from both sides of the door is required.


Schlage Commercial Restroom Indicator Deadbolt

The Schlage Commercial Restroom Indicator Deadbolt.

We have been selling these like crazy lately.

Easy to install and it will work great in an office or business.

When unoccupied it shows a green “VACANT” sign, and when the door has been locked from the inside it shows a red “IN USE” sign.

The deadbolt also includes an emergency key.

Narrow Your Search

We have so many ways to help make it easier to find exactly what you need.

You can search by brand, best value, finish (once you have chosen your category), and you can even narrow your search by style



Commercial Grade 1 Hardware

Falcon D100 Series Grade 1 Deadbolt

Falcon T Series Grade 1 Quantum Lever


If you are looking for some grade 1 stuff, try the Falcon Commercial Hardware. They have a Grade 1 (which is the best grade) and they are way less expensive than some of the other brands.

Click here to find the Grade 1 stuff.



Interconnected Lock for Senior Centers

EZSet Grade II ILCT Interconnected Leverset

Interconnected locks aren’t just in the handleset section. You can also find what you would  call “side plate ” interconnected locks as well as commercial grade interconnect locks on our site.

Basically, they have an internal mechanism that unlocks the deadbolt lock when the knob or lever is turned to open the door. Making it very convenient to exit. Shown below.

Interconnected Lock Mechanism

There are many cities now that require interconnected locks in senior centers as well as other care facilities, because of the easy exit feature.

I am not saying senior centers are the only place these may be used.  There are plenty of customers who like this feature on their own home.


Door Hardware Isn’t Only for Houses

We not only specialize in door hardware for houses. We offer a wide variety of commercial door hardware, as well. The Schlage AL-Series is a stylish line of commercial grade levers that works for any business. These levers are an improvement on the A-Series that Schlage released earlier. They have been tested and hold up under the commercial Grade 2 tests. These levers will take your mind off office security and help you focus your attention on more important matters.

A Classy Dummy Lever by Schlage

Schlage has a good looking single dummy lever in the Levon A-Series Commercial Lever.

You can get this lever in 4 different finishes and it comes with a lifetime limited warranty.  This makes for a stylish door pull and can go on any door that is in need of a decorative lever.