Electric entrance doors are very common place today and there are numerous options and specifications that need to be considered when choosing the right automatic door.
If the door is also a fire door then the provisions of BS 5588 (fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings) must also adhered to.
Sliding Doors are probably the most effective option. Users don’t need to stand clear while the doors open or close as the door does not open out or inwards. Access for wheel chair users is excellent and they can be made to fit almost any opening size. You should be aware though that a sliding door requires to correct amount of space to slide back into.
Telescopic Doors are doors that are made up of several smaller leaves, as the door opens they fold back onto each other. This way of opening means the overall width needed for the door is less than twice the size of the clear opening.
Sliding doors are an option if there just isn’t any sliding space available. Swinging or Sliding door operators can be set for either low or high energy operation and they can be fitted to existing doors so a new door isn’t always required. If such doors are to be fitted in low traffic areas then swing doors can be set to be operated manually by users, with a push button or a hand held fob. An automated option can be used for disabled users. Full access control can be obtained by push button, swipe card, key code or proximity sensors. Enough space must be available around the operational doors to ensure total safety in all cases.
If you are considering Electric Doors then you should consider the following:
What if there is a power failure? Can the door then be manually operated? Will it stay open or, in the case of a fire door, will it not only close but also close reliably?