Today, most commercial entrance doors are automatic. They offer businesses a high level of convenience, ease of access, and help save on energy costs (if you opt for the right one for you).
Automatic doors are also the best solution when integrating access control systems into your business too.
Increasing security levels and providing you with peace of mind that you have the right locking systems in place to keep everyone and everything safe and secure (click here to find out more).
However, before you jump straight in and make the investment to change your manual doors to automatic, there are a few things you must bear in mind.
Manual door vs. automatic door
If you’re considering upgrading your manual external or internal doors to more secure automatic doors below, we’ve provided some points to consider when making a move:
Check the space – you must check the current space and measurements of the manual door and ensure there is room for an automatic operator to be mounted. You must also examine the area surrounding the door. Will you need to create additional space? Do you have the depth for the fittings? How robust is the current door? Can it support the weight of the operator, etc.?
Check the old locks and fittings – for example, if your current door is a manual UPVC, it will usually have multipoint locks. These particular locks will not be suitable for automatic doors and will likely burn the motor out if they are installed together.
Ideally, locks and latches need to change, and this is where door control systems come into play. Looking at access control systems such as electronic strikes, exit buttons, keypad readers, activation sensors, emergency break glass, etc. Door access control is a big feature of automatic doors and needs great consideration, to help check our post on “The importance of access control systems.”
Check the equipment – when installing automatic doors, fused spurs will need to be installed alongside fire alarm interfaces for fire escape doors (these can then link the door to the mains and the fire alarm).
There are two types of commercial entrance door operators, low energy and high energy.
Low-energy operators move slowly; hence there is minimal risk of the door coming into contact with people and causing injury. This door is suitable for low traffic doors and where costs are to be kept to a minimum.
High traffic operators are best suited to shop entrances, corridors, areas of high traffic, for example, care homes and hospitals, etc. Due to their fast movement, safety equipment is vital.
Benefits of automatic doors
- Cost-effective investment.
- Provide a high level of convenience.
- Offer assisted opening.
- Increase building security.
- Work with access control systems.
- They’re hygienic as there is no need for people to touch the door itself.
- They’re modern and stylish in design.
Types of automatic door
Sliding – elegant and modern, sliding doors also create an inviting and easily accessible entrance. Suitable for various types of businesses, however, mainly found in supermarkets and hospitals. These doors open wide; they’re incredibly versatile and come in single or double leaf designs. They can also be used for both internal and external doors, making them flexible, attractive, cost-effective, adaptable, and they come with low maintenance costs. Great for high traffic areas or where you have limited space. Installed with ease and allowing for two-way traffic, sliding doors can offer long-term solutions.
Swing – there are various swing doors available for businesses making them great for access control systems as they’re available in single or double leaf, fully automatic, or low energy, and more. Factors to consider with swing doors include weight, width, speed, force, etc.; they are suitable for two-way traffic, full pedestrian, consume less energy, and can be found in retail units, office blocks, hotels, airports, etc. As with sliding, swing doors can be installed as both internal and external depending on your requirements, offering you a high level of convenience. Integrated with access control systems, you can have additional security immediately. Suitable for both high and low traffic, these doors are also hygienic as not everyone is touching the door to get in and out, helping to reduce the spread of germs.
Health and Safety must be a top priority
The European Standard EN 16005 is the code of practice that outlines the safe use of automatic doors.
As part of the guidance, all automatic doors should be installed and maintained by experienced, trained professionals. Technicians must know these standards, other health and safety regulations, and all risk assessments.
Areas within this guidance to consider include:
Do you require additional safety products, i.e., if an accessible toilet door swings outward into a corridor, you might want to consider a barrier to help direct traffic around the door’s perimeter, minimising the risk of injury.
Do you need to consider children or vulnerable people trapping their fingers in the door? Do you need to include finger trap protection or safety sensors?
You will require signage on all automatic doors. Signage advises people that it is indeed an automatic door, and they should keep it clear.
Your risk assessments will determine what safety measures you need to put in place and work with a professional team like UK Red Security who can provide advice and guidance on the best solutions for you.
If you’re looking at door access controls for your automatic doors, call us today and see how we can help.