There are many different automatic door systems available on the market in the UK. It is now relatively common to see and experience them in operation in retail, commercial, office, medical leisure and public buildings of all kinds. From a user’s point of view automatic doors are generally fast, easy and convenient to use. From an organisation’s point of view they provide a safe, effective and efficient way to control access to a building and in some cases can add to the aesthetic appeal of that building. With the many different types available, why then are automatic sliding doors so popular?
High Traffic and Hands Full
In a situation where there are quite simply large numbers of people entering and leaving a building all day, perhaps carrying or pushing things e.g. a supermarket, sliding doors such as bi parting doors can create a large opening very quickly and safely, without the need for people to stop or touch any part of the door. This allows a much greater flow, is likely to lead to much less risk or confusion because people can see each other on each side of the door and the wide space created when the door slides can allow those entering and leaving to use the same opening at the same time. The use of sensors either side of the threshold area ensures safety and prevents trapping.
Energy and Air Flow
The quick action of opening and closing that these systems provide can help to retain heat in the building thus saving on energy bills and maintaining a comfortable environment for those using the building. Many systems have a tight seal on closing which prevents drafts. The airflow to and from the building can also be more effectively regulated and controlled using these systems.
Making then Most of Limited Doorway Space
Telescopic sliding doors can be an extremely effective way of maintaining a good flow of large numbers of people where there is limited doorway space by allowing 2 door leaves to slide together into a pocket. This action of splitting the sliding panel into 2 parts which fold away against each other is the key to getting the maximum benefit from the limited space available.
Light and Safety
In most sliding systems the door panels themselves are generally large expanses of strong glass and therefore let lots of light into the buildings where they are installed. Apart from the sensors to prevent trapping, these door systems should have a device which allows emergency opening if the mains power fails. » Read more: Why Automatic Sliding Door Systems Are So Popular