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What is a rebated door?

March 14, 2012 by  

I need to put crash bars on double doors, can you tell me what are rebated doors?
Rebated double doors have a lip on the vertical edge where they meet, called a “rebated meeting stile”.  Shown in the photo below, there is a primary or leading leaf (A) which can open and close without effecting the secondary or following leaf (B).

Rebated meeting stile

Rebated meeting stile

If the secondary door is opened, it needs to close fully into the frame BEFORE the primary leaf.  The primary door can be on the left or the right, and our panic hardware for rebated doors is suitable for either handing.  The alternative to rebated doors is “plain meeting stiles” where the two leaves come together squarely.