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Old 12-27-2009, 02:48 PM   #1
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Is there a code as to which way french doors open. Mine open in, my inlaws open out. Mine were installed by previous owner, and my inlaws were installed by the home builders. I thought I read somewhere that they could only open inward.

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Residential code does not require a door to open in or out, but rental and commercial codes are more stringent. I have installed a number of outswing French style doors. They allow more usable space inside the room.

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if they open out there needs to be a minimum landing clearance of 36" beyond door arc. This may vary with locality so check code
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EMERGENCY EGRESS REQUIREMENTS Floor or landing each side of all exterior doors EXC…. [311.4.3] IRC
2 risers OK at exterior door that is not req’d exit……… [311.4.3x]

Floor or landing [at required exit] max 1 in below
threshold EXC………………………………………….... [311.4.3]
Landing [7 in below threshold] OK if door does not
swing over landing.(screen door may swing over)….... [311.4.3x]
Landing min 36in deep x width of door………………… [311.4.3]

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I had out-swing French doors on a previous home. The biggest issue I had was there was no good way to install a screen so you could leave them open in the nice weather. A neighbor had a double screen door on the inside that opened in. Looked kind of s**ty.
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Another thing I noticed on the swing out doors was the hinges were exposed. Seems like the pins could be removed from the outside. Just dosent seem secure.
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Another thing I noticed on the swing out doors was the hinges were exposed. Seems like the pins could be removed from the outside. Just dosent seem secure.
Outswing doors usually have pins that can't be punched out.
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Outswing doors usually have pins that can't be punched out.
Good info. Thanks.

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