5 Access Doors for Plumbers



Whether you're running a franchise or an independent owner-operated business, plumbers come in various shapes and sizes, just like access panels. Not every access panel is suitable for all situations. Access panels serve the purpose of securing access to objects in walls and ceilings, both physically and visually. We have compiled a list of popular access panels specifically tailored for the plumbing industry.

1. Architectural Access Door 

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  • Versatility: A standard universal metal access door is designed to work in various situations and applications. It can be used to secure access to plumbing fixtures and components in walls, ceilings, closets, cabinets, and mechanical rooms. Its versatility allows plumbers to use it in different areas of a building without the need for specialized access panels.

  • Reliability: Metal access doors are known for their durability and strength. They provide a sturdy barrier and ensure long-lasting performance. Plumbers can rely on these doors to protect the components they need to access while withstanding the demands of everyday use.

  • Cost-Effectiveness: Standard universal metal access doors are often more affordable compared to specialized or customized access panels. Offering a cost-effective solution for securing access to plumbing components. 

  • Easy Installation: Metal access doors are typically designed for easy installation. They come with mounting hardware and clear instructions, making the installation process straightforward for plumbers. This ease of installation saves time and effort, allowing plumbers to complete their tasks efficiently.

  • Compatibility: Standard universal metal access doors are designed to fit standard sizes commonly used in construction. They are compatible with standard wall and ceiling dimensions, ensuring a proper fit. Plumbers can easily replace or upgrade existing access doors with a standard metal door without major modifications.

  • Security: Metal access doors provide a secure access barrier to protect plumbing components. They help prevent unauthorized access and tampering, ensuring the integrity and safety of the plumbing system. Plumbers can have peace of mind knowing that the access doors they install will effectively secure the areas they need to reach.

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2. Stainless Steel Access Door

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  • Corrosion Resistance: Stainless steel is known for its excellent corrosion resistance properties. This makes a stainless steel access door highly suitable for areas where moisture is a concern, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Plumbers can rely on the stainless steel door to withstand the effects of water, humidity, and other corrosive elements, ensuring long-lasting performance.
  • Hygiene and Cleanliness: Stainless steel has inherent hygienic qualities. It is non-porous and easy to clean, making it resistant to bacterial growth. This is particularly important in environments like kitchens and bathrooms, where maintaining cleanliness is essential. Plumbers can confidently use stainless steel access doors in these areas, knowing that they contribute to a sanitary environment.

  • Aesthetics: Stainless steel access doors offer a sleek and modern appearance. They can enhance the overall aesthetics of a space, providing a polished and professional look. Plumbers can use stainless steel doors in areas where visual appeal is important, such as high-end kitchens, bathrooms, or commercial settings.

3. Drywall Access Door

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  • Seamless Integration: Drywall access doors are designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding drywall, creating a discreet and aesthetically pleasing appearance. These doors are specifically made to match the texture and finish of the existing drywall, making them nearly invisible once installed. Plumbers can access plumbing components without compromising the overall visual appeal of the space.

  • Moisture Resistance: Depending on the specific variation, drywall access doors can offer moisture resistance when covered with tile. For example, the tile option (RGT) is designed for use in areas where moisture is a concern, such as kitchens and bathrooms. The inclusion of a green board preinstalled in an aluminum angle frame helps protect against moisture damage, ensuring the longevity of the access door and the underlying drywall.

  • Easy Installation: Drywall access doors are designed for easy installation. Plumbers can quickly and efficiently install these doors without the need for specialized tools or extensive modifications to the existing drywall.

  • Concealed Push Latches: Standard drywall access doors feature concealed push latches for opening and closing. These latches provide a clean and streamlined look, as they are not visible from the outside. Plumbers can easily open the access door without the need for additional hardware or protruding handles.

  • Versatility: Drywall access doors are available in various sizes to accommodate different access requirements. They can be installed in walls and ceilings, providing flexibility for plumbers to access plumbing components in different areas of a building. The versatility of drywall access doors makes them suitable for a wide range of plumbing applications.

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4. Tile-Ready Access Door RUT/RUW Tile-Ready-Access-Door

  • Seamless Tile Integration: Tile-ready access doors are specifically designed to seamlessly integrate with tiled surfaces. These doors allow for the installation of tile with adhesive infill. The result is a smooth, cohesive appearance where the access door blends seamlessly with the surrounding tiled surface. Plumbers can access plumbing components without disrupting the aesthetics of tiled areas such as bathrooms or pool areas.
  • Fire Resistance: Tile-ready access doors can offer fire-resistant properties, depending on their design and specifications. They may be fire-rated and UL Listed, providing an added layer of safety in fire-rated walls. Plumbers can use tile-ready access doors to ensure compliance with fire codes and regulations while maintaining access to plumbing components in critical areas.

  • Durability and Strength: Tile-ready access doors are constructed with materials that provide durability and strength. They are designed to withstand the weight and pressure of the tiled surface without compromising their structural integrity. Plumbers can rely on these doors to provide long-lasting performance and protect the plumbing components behind them.

  • Versatility: Tile-ready access doors are available in different materials such as galvannealed steel or stainless steel. This allows plumbers to choose the option that best suits their specific needs, whether it's enhanced corrosion resistance in wet environments or specific design requirements. The versatility of tile-ready access doors ensures that plumbers can find the right solution for their particular project.

5. Fire-Rated Insulated Access Door

IT/IW/IP Insulated Fire-Rated Access Door

  • Compliance with Fire Safety Regulations: Fire-rated access doors are specifically designed to meet fire safety regulations and standards. They are tested and certified to provide a specific level of fire resistance, such as being UL Listed or certified by recognized testing laboratories. By using fire-rated access doors, plumbers can ensure compliance with fire safety codes and regulations, promoting a safer environment.

  • Enhanced Fire Protection: Fire-rated access doors are constructed with materials and designs that provide enhanced fire protection. They are engineered to withstand exposure to fire and help prevent the spread of flames, heat, and smoke. This can significantly contribute to containing a fire and minimizing its impact on the building and its occupants.

  • Longer Fire Resistance Duration: Fire-rated access doors are designed to withstand fire for a specified period of time, typically measured in hours. For example, doors may be rated for 1-1/2 hours, 2 hours, or 3 hours of fire resistance. 

  • Versatility and Adaptability: Fire-rated access doors are available in various sizes, configurations, and materials to accommodate different installation requirements. They can be installed in both walls and ceilings, providing flexibility for plumbers to secure access in different areas of a building. This versatility allows for effective fire protection in various plumbing applications.

  • Easy Access for Maintenance and Inspections: Fire-rated access doors primarily serve as access that maintains fire-rating, they still allow for easy access to plumbing components for maintenance, repairs, and inspections. Plumbers can access the necessary areas without compromising fire safety measures or having to remove and reinstall the access doors.

Access panels are an essential aspect of plumbing projects, and choosing the right type can make all the difference. From universal metal doors to fire-rated insulated access doors, each option has its unique advantages and benefits. Whether you prioritize durability, aesthetics, or fire safety, there is an access panel that can meet your specific needs.

Nystrom understands the challenges with access doors and panels, codes and compliance issues and is dedicated to providing reliable, high-quality access solutions for all types of projects. For more information on how Nystrom can help with your next project, visit their website today. With the right access panel, plumbers can ensure that their work is both functional and secure, giving them the peace of mind, they need to tackle any plumbing challenge.


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