Steelcraft architectural stick systems feature lengths of component frame material called “stick sections” that assemble to produce elevations, including transom, transom and sidelight, sidelight and borrowed lights.

Stick system components meet a wide range of architectural requirements based on aesthetics, functionality, and durability and they stand up to high usage levels in all commercial and institutional buildings. Components are cut to length, notched and/or mitered, assembled and welded into assemblies to match specific openings, all done at the factory or the distributor’s fabrication shop.




Typical frame elevations include:

  • Transom: door frame with transom bar and glass, panel or louver above door opening
    • Transom bar separates door opening from transom opening
    • Frame height will vary, but normally extends to ceiling above
  • Ceiling height: door frame without transom bar and panel mounted above door
    • Panel is normally same thickness and material as door
    • Frame height will vary, but normally extends to ceiling
  • Transom sidelight: door frame with transom bars and mullions dividing entire frame into door and glass or panel openings
    • Frame height will vary, but normally extends to ceiling
  • Sidelight: door frame with glass openings attached to one or both sides of door opening.
    • Sidelight portion may be partial height of door opening or extend entire height of door
    • Frame matches door height
    • If frame is greater than door height, frame is defined as transom sidelight frame
  • Borrowed light: four-sided frame without door opening, prepared for glass installation in the field
    • Borrowed light may be designed for one or multiple pieces of glass
    • Frame may be located in wall off floor or sit on floor and extend to ceiling above


  • Standard components are either open (anchoring into a wall), or closed (mullions and dividers) sections
  • Components are available in 16- and 14-gauge non-galvannealed or optional galvannealed steel (except as otherwise noted)
  • Components are available as either single- or double-rabbet
  • All sill sections (members attached to floor) are recommended as galvannealed steel
  • Closed sections are shown for 3-3⁄4” (95mm) jamb depth; 3” (76mm) jamb depth section has two-piece
  • All frame open sections feature a standard 1/2” returns except the MU Series and 5-3/4” jamb depth, which feature 7/16” returns

Exceeds industry standards

  • Hardware preparations and reinforcements meet ANSI A250.6-1997
  • Locations meet ANSI/DHI A115

Technical Data Guide

For more complete information on Elevations, download the Technical Data Manual.

  • Elevations (Pages 171-189)