If you are in the process of designing the layout of your business, and you want to install automatic doors, you need to know what your choices are. Here is a quick run-down of the three main types of automatic doors that you can purchase and install at your new business.
#1 Automatic Sliding Doors
One of the most common types of automatic doors are sliding doors. Sliding doors are great because they easily allow for traffic both in and out of your business. They are also really great because they easily open the door for all approaching traffic.
One of the only downsides to automatic sliding doors is that you need to make sure that you have a wide enough opening for the doors to slide. For example, if you have a one-sided sliding glass door that is three feet wide, you are going to need three feet of room on the side of the door for it to open. Or, if you have two-sided sliding glass door that is six feet across, you will need three feet of space on both sides of the door.
#2 Automatic Folding Doors
When you are short on space, the best automatic door option is often a folding door. This type of sliding door is designed to have a hinge in the door panel, so that it folds back. It doesn't require nearly as much room as a sliding glass door. However, you still need to make sure that you budget enough space for the folding feature; it will take up some room in the entry way, so make sure that your doorway is still wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through when the door is folded open.
#3 Automatic Swinging Door
The third type of automatic door is a swinging door. With a swinging door, you are going to need to have enough room for two different doors. One door will be for traffic coming into your business and the other for traffic coming out of your business. Swinging doors are not great for two-way traffic. With swinging doors, you don't need to have a really wide entrance, like you do with sliding doors. However, you do need to have an entrance that is deep enough for the doors to open fully without obstructing the space inside or outside of your business.
When choosing what type of sliding door will work best for your business, make sure that you take into account how your space is set up and that you make sure that you doors are wide enough to allow individuals with wheelchairs and strollers access to your business.