Choosing Access Panels for Walls and Ceilings

Choosing Access Panels for Walls and Ceilings

How to choose your Jakdor Access Panel for Walls and Ceilings

Jakdor access panels come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with various dimensions that you need to be aware of. So what exactly do you need to order?

Picture frame

Picture Frame

The most common access panel is referred to as a picture frame. These panels can be fitted into an existing wall. The 'Picture Frame' reference comes from the 25mm frame surrounding the door which sits against the finished wall or ceiling. These panels are the simplest to install and provide an easy access solution.

Beaded frame

Metal Door Beaded Frame

Our beaded frame panels differ from our picture frame panels as the frame is not flat, it has a 'beaded' edge whose purpose is to provide an area where a plasterer can adhere plaster up to the edge of the door resulting in an access panel with a concealed frame.

Plasterboard door

Plasterboard Door & Beaded Frame

The plasterboard door beaded frame panel is the technical term for a concealed panel, the plasterboard door (as opposed to a metal door) allows plastering over the door and the frame in a similar manner to the beaded frame panel as described above.

Plastic door

Plastic Door

Plastic access panels provide a cheap and simple means of accessing wall voids. The flush plastic door has a 25mm picture frame surround and is designed to be sealed directly into a clear structural opening (Which is 5mm larger then the listed panel size). A simple pin hinge allows the door to be removed easily while the panel can be opened with a flat head screwdriver.

Opening Dimensions

Jakdor access panels are listed with the inside edge to inside edge of the frame first. The structural opening (The size of the hole in the wall) needs to be 5mm larger than this size in order to accommodate the access panel.

The clear opening (With the door of the access panel removed) is 30mm less than the listed size, this increases to 60mm for fire rated alternatives.

Posted by Rob Fletcher