How to Choose the Right Automatic Door for Your Pedestrian Traffic

October 9, 2015 /

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98.9% of people prefer buildings with automatic doors.

It’s no longer a question of whether to spec automatic doors, but of which automatic door to select. Every building deserves unique consideration; in particular, the pedestrian traffic should be carefully evaluated.

It’s important to know:

  • Will the building experience simultaneous two-way traffic?
  • What is the volume of traffic expected to enter/exit the building?
  • How small or large will the entranceway be?

Sliding Doors, Swinging Doors, and Folding Doors work for 3 major pedestrian traffic situations:

Simultaneous Two-Way Traffic

Sliding Doors accommodate people moving in opposite directions at the same time – like you’d see at the main entrance of a hospital, for example.

One-Way Traffic

Swinging Doors are typically used for directional, or one-way, pedestrian traffic. Use one door as “In” and another as “Out” to control traffic flow.

Sliding Doors can also be used to control one-way traffic flow. When one set of doors is used for entry-traffic and another is used for exit-traffic, simply designate one set as “In” and the other as “Out.”

Two-Way Traffic [in a Limited Space]

Folding Doors are a space-saving solution when people need to move in both directions through a door opening that’s no more than 6-8’ wide.

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