Overview: Blumcraft of Pittsburgh, an icon in the architectural metal and glass industry, continues to exhibit elegance in design and craftsmanship. For over 95 years our family owned and operated business has maintained a highly skilled work force assuring the quality expected by architects around the world.
Beginning with the finest base materials, then adding hand and mechanical skills as well as expert finishing to the mix, Blumcraft's tempered glass doors, hardware, handrails, and display doors are an expression of excellence. Recognized by architects, contractors, and installers in the building trade, we take pride in every product that is shipped to our customers.
Blumcraft strives to assist architects by publishing easily accessible catalogues in Sweets Files and has an online section within Sweets website. Our staff when requested will review preliminary architectural sketches or drawings and offer to write specifications. Providing service to architects is key to a partnership of success.
Blumcraft has one location concentrated in the Oakland/Shadyside area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our facility includes a manufacturing sector, finishing and anodizing plant, assembly areas, office and engineering departments, all intended to efficiently manage the flow of materials to our customers.
Our staff has years of experience and extensive product knowledge to quickly answer questions, provide assistance or quotations, enter orders, and furnish scheduling information.
Blumcraft's Series 1301 tempered glass doors have 3/4" high top and bottom rails to provide a "MORE GLASS ... LESS METAL" look. Series 1301 doors are versatile, as they can be adapted for Dorma BTS-80 or Jackson 900 floor closers, adjustable pivots, and door position switches. With slight modifications to the top rail, Series 1301 doors are also adaptable to center-pivoted overhead closers, standard walking beam top pivots, electromagnetic and electromechanical locks.
Series 1200 doors are designed to use 1/2" thick tempered glass up to 12'-0" high. These tall doors are controlled by standard floor closers. The weight of the door is borne by a heavy duty load bearing cement case independent of the floor closer. A variety of Blumcraft deadbolt and panic hardware is adaptable to Series 1200 doors.
Series 250 doors have full width solid top and bottom rails and very thin vertical stiles bonded to glass and are available in aluminum, bronze clad, or stainless steel clad. The doors are furnished in either 1/2" or 3/4" thick tempered glass. For doors over 8'-6" preliminary drawings should be sent to Blumcraft for review. Series 250 doors are adaptable to most overhead/floor closers, automatic operators, electric deadbolts, electromagnetic locks, and door position switches. Contact our sales department to insure compatibility. All Blumcraft panic devices, deadbolt housings, and locks, except CH-800 center housings, are applicable to Series 250.
This transom supporting technique has been developed by Blumcraft to give the entrance a clean glass look. The narrow metal member supporting the transom glass is suspended by small stainless steel rods concealed in the joints between the transom glass and the sidelights. A highly reflective finish of the B-1250 transom bar will further minimize the presence of supporting members as it blends into the reflection of the glass. Electric strikes can be used with transom in combination with Blumcraft panic devices and deadbolt housings. Transom bars can be mounted to walls or framing.
Blumcraft's H-100 Panic Devices, DB-100 Deadbolt Housings and DH-100 Dummy Handles are fabricated using 1-1/4" diameter stainless steel or architectural bronze tubing. Satin and highly polished finishes are available. Statuary bronze and powder coated finishes are also available.
H-100-A, H-100-B, H-100-C, H-100-D, H-100-F Panic Devices
The top latch bolt is retracted by pushing the interior "L" shaped crash bar. A conveniently located built-in dogging device keeps the latch bolt in the retracted position and the crash bar becomes fixed. Exterior key cylinder for entry is optional.
Blumcraft H-110 Panic Devices, DB-110 Deadbolt Housings and DH-110 Dummy Handles are fabricated using 1-1/4" diameter stainless steel or architectural bronze tubing. Satin and highly polished finishes are available. Statuary bronze and powder coated finishes are also available.
H-110-A and H-110-B Panic Devices
The bottom latchbolt is retracted by pushing the interior inverted "L" shaped crash bar. A conveniently located built-in dogging device keeps the latchbolt in the retracted position and the crash bar becomes fixed. Exterior key cylinder for entry is optional.
Blumcraft's Deadbolt and Dummy Hardware is fabricated from 1-1/4" diameter stainless steel or architectural bronze tubing. Available finishes include satin stainless, polished stainless, satin bronze, polished bronze, and statuary bronze. Powder coated finishes also available.
DB-130-F Full Height Deadbolt Housing
This versatile hardware can have top and bottom bolts simultaneously operated by key cylinders on both sides or by interior thumbturn. Locking bolts also can be at top only or at bottom only. DB-130-F deadbolt housings are available 10” short of the door bottom with a top bolt only.
Any Blumcraft exterior pull handle can be used with any Blumcraft panic device or deadbolt housing. With over 140 combinations available, the architect can select from a wide range of creative options.
Blumcraft center housings are adaptable to most door series. CH-800 center lock housings are designed to receive mortise latchlocks, mortise deadlocks or combination latchlock/deadbolts manufactured by Russwin/Corbin, Schlage, Sargent or Best. (Others upon request.)
All Blumcraft push/pull handles can be adapted to glass, wood or metal doors and are available in the following materials and finishes: Aluminum– Satin clear anodized and dark bronze or black Duranodic. Solid Bronze – Satin or high buff luster. Stainless Steel – Satin or high buff luster. Wood – Walnut or oak as standard. Also available in other wood species.
Blumcraft railglass is a structural glass balustrade system that can be provided fully factory fabricated and glazed with tempered glass. The base components are manufactured from aluminum and furnished factory drilled and tapped. Standard mounting bolts are provided. A variety of top rails and handrails are available. Blumcraft recommends consulting with local code officials for load and rail requirements. Refer to structural load capabilities for glass panel sizes. Contact Blumcraft for information regarding glass panel sizing and base mounting bolt requirements.
Blumcraft offers aluminum posts and balusters that can be grouted or side mounted. Slotted posts and balusters provide vertical adjustment of rail height. Round posts or balusters are available with rail connections either centered or offset.
Blumcraft’s wide variety of aluminum handrails can be factory fabricated but are available in 12’-0” or 20’-0” stock lengths. These rails have a double T-slot which accepts AFN fittings, T-bars for splicing, and filler strips for a finished look.
Post Spacing — for 1-1/4" ips pipe; not to exceed 3'-0" as measured on slope of stair, and not to exceed 3'-0" for level railing: for 1-1/2" ips pipe; not to exceed 4'-0" as measured on slope of stair, and not to exceed 4'-0" for level railing.
Aluminum handrails with provisions for recessed fluorescent or incandescent lighting can be used in combination with glass or plastic panels, posts, and wall brackets. As an option, edge lighting can be used with glass or plastic. The large space in the handrail provides easy application of lighting units with sufficient illumination. Lamps can be easily replaced. The handrails are heavy duty with a wall thickness of 3/16” and are without any exposed screws. Finishes are available in satin aluminum, anodized clear and bronze Duranodic shades.
The gates operate on the principle of being anchored to the floor only. An adjustable cement case for a Dorma BTS-75V or BTS-80 floor closer is supplied to allow the center pivoted gate to be plumbed, leveled, and adjusted after installation.