Most major retailers, offices, commercial and public buildings now use automatic doors. The public has come to expect them and today it can come as a surprise when you have to open doors physically. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has made many people reluctant to touch surfaces they know carry the handprints of hundreds of others. Because automatic technology has become so widespread, it's time you considered auto door installation for your business premises.
The Main Benefits of Auto Door Installation
The most common reason for installing automatic doors is the improved security they provide. Being able to override manual operation means that exit and entrance become much easier in the event of emergencies or overcrowding and conversely, they make it simple to lockdown a building should the need arise. In addition, automatic doors contribute to energy saving and the reduction of heating and air conditioning costs as well as limiting the dust and traffic pollution which gets into a building.
There are four main categories of automatic door: swinging, sliding, folding and revolving, with sub-categories of each.
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Doors with overhead sensors are extremely popular and can be fully automatic which means they are triggered by the approach of an individual from either side, semi-automatic, requiring the use of a keypad, or secure, opening only with a fob, card, app or internal reception button.
Alternatively the sensor can be set into the floor. It functions in exactly the same way but because it is concealed it can be useful where the design aesthetic is particularly important.
Once again, the overhead sensor is among the most popular variants. You encounter them frequently in supermarkets, public buildings, and high-traffic sites. Floor sensors are also available. More complex versions are telescopic and curved. Telescopic doors with overhead or in-floor operators come as two-leaf singles or four-leaf doubles and allow for greater clearance. Curved sliders are built on the same principle as simple sliding doors, but the doors, frame and tracks are built with a curve. Both telescopic and curved options create an impressive look.
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Oversize sliding doors are sometimes installed in larger premises to make a statement of prestige. They can be as tall as 6 metres.
These can be fitted as single or double leaf pairs, folding to either side. These are ideal in locations with limited space where a swing door would encroach too far and make a visually striking alternative to sliding doors.
These involve more sophisticated engineering and are commonly installed in large buildings like hospitals, department stores and large office buildings. They are energy efficient because they limit heat loss and relieve the air pressure passing through the building. They are also highly effective at reducing the level of external noise which can penetrate the building. The configuration forms a kind of airlock that keeps premises largely sealed. They are also useful for regulating the inward and outward flow of traffic.
The primary regulation covering auto door installation is the National Standard of Canada, ANSI / CAN / UL325 (shared with the USA) which governs minimum levels of safety construction, manufacturing, testing and installation and ensures the safety of users.