Special-lite was founded in 1971 and pioneered the use of fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) material for door skins
- becoming first producer of Heavy Duty, Abuse and Corrosion resistant Hybrid entrances in the early 1980s
. Today, Special-Lite is the largest volume producer of FRP doors in the U.S. and were the first to earn GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification, including the stringent GOLD certification formerly known as the Children & Schools Standard
Based in Decatur, Michigan, Special-Lite manufactures engineered architectural products which includes Aluminum Doors
, All Fiberglass Doors
, FRP/Aluminum Hybrid Doors
and Fire-Rated Doors
; Aluminum Frames
, All Fiberglass Frames
and Fire-Rated Frames
; Toilet Partitions
and Office Door Frame
Products for new construction and replacement installations in educational, commercial, institutional, religious, industrial, water treatment and municipal applications
All across the country, rising enrollment and aging school buildings are
driving a boom in the construction of new educational facilities, and the renovation
or expansion of old ones. Whether you’re planning new construction or just
replacing old doors
Doors can provide a complete entrance solution.
, school architects, contractors and maintenance directors
have relied on
Special-Lite for heavy-duty aluminum doors
, aluminum panels
and aluminum frames
uniquely suited to the demands
of the educational environment. At Special-Lite, we believe new school doors
should outlive any bond issue that funded their purchase, and that’s just how we
build them. No other door can live and thrive in this environment as well as ours.
A complete line from one source
Special-Lite manufactures a complete line of heavy-duty
aluminum flush doors
, monumental doors
and colonial-style doors
, including storefront framing
. Our doors
are available in a wide variety of face sheet materials and
finishes, with a range of complementary vision lite kits
, and accessories to help you create exactly
the entrance you need.
Custom Aluminum and Fiberglass Products to suit your own style
Every Special-Lite entrance is a custom solution. We work
directly with architects, contractors, and building end-users
to create exactly the right entrance for your application.
We can match any architectural style, from the classic
arch-topped entrance of an ivy-covered dormitory, to the
sleek, contemporary look of a mall-style high school lobby.
Choose colors that last
We offer a rainbow of color choices in anodized or
painted finishes for aluminum. Choose clear, dark bronze
or black standard anodized colors, or three optional colors:
medium bronze, light bronze or champagne. For durability,
all Special-Lite anodized finishes are architectural grade,
class 1 (0.7 mil). For painted finishes, select one of twenty
colors. Or we can match the custom
color of your choice. Our exclusive SpecLite 3®
Reinforced Polyester (FRP) door face sheets are fade resistant
and available in a variety of standard colors.
FRP face sheets can be painted in any color.
The right combination of durability
Our FRP doors have survived everything from the country’s
toughest missile impact test to the country’s roughest
. In fact, they’re so tough they’re hurricane rated.
The SpecLite 3
finish available on our .120" thick FRP
face sheet is extremely resistant to dents, scratches, scuffs,
paint and ink, so even tough stains like graffiti can be
removed with environmentally-responsible green cleaners.
The chemical resistance of our FRP aluminum doors also makes
them ideal for corrosive environments such as pools,
kitchens, labs and boiler rooms. For applications
requiring fire ratings we also offer FRP-clad fire-rated
doors with ratings of up to 90 minutes.
FRP Aluminum Doors
are also available in an
aesthetically-pleasing, fine-grained sandstone texture in
both fire-rated and non fire-rated models. The more
subtle texture and less glossy surface make these doors
perfect for openings not expected to see heavy abuse
right to the core
All Special-Lite entrances are engineered
with advanced construction features to
outlast our competitors’ look-alike doors
Every aluminum flush door
is built extra strong, with
aluminum perimeter stiles and rails,
hardware reinforcements, mitered corners
and full-width galvanized steel tie rods.
A minimum of 5 lbs./cu.ft. poured-in-place
waterproof urethane foam bonds all door
components together to provide incredible
strength and thermal insulation superior to
values published for hollow metal doors.
Face sheets are locked in place by
integral reglets in the door perimeter to
create an absolutely flush edge without
separate screw-applied capping.
(Aluminum Stile and Rail Doors) feature the
same tie rod joinery plus true mortise and tenon
construction for superior durability.
Whichever you choose, Special-Lite Doors
are the toughest doors you can get.