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Are Automatic Doors An ADA Requirement?

Are Automatic Doors An ADA Requirement? | Sales: custsvc@autodoorandhardware.com

Automatic doors are not an ADA requirement! So why do we see automatic swing doors and automatic sliding doors everywhere. In this article we explain why automatic doors are used if they are not an ADA requirement.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, sets forth requirements for commercial swing doors to be ADA compliant including the minimum door size, opening force, door closer operation, and more. The requirements however, do not require a commercial door to have an automatic door operator in order to meet compliance.

Automatic Doors

Automatic doors include automatic sliding doors or automatic swinging doors. In the event automatic doors are used in a commercial building, there are requirements set forth by both ADA and ANSI (Americans National Standard Institute) that must be followed.

Why Are Automatic Doors Used If Not Required

The biggest reason automatic door openers are used is because the commercial swing door installation does not currently meet ADA compliance. For example, the main reason most commercial doors do not meet ADA compliance is that the opening force exceeds 5lbs for interior doors. Exterior door opening force is not listed, however most building codes require no more than 8.5lbs of opening force. When you think about the weatherstripping on the door and other factors that cause friction, that is not a whole lot of opening force that you cannot exceed. In these applications, the building owner has exhausted all ways of reducing the opening force but still cannot meet the requirements. Then he or she can install an automatic door opener which will create a barrier free entry since the door is not automated requiring no force.

Accessibility For All

Although, automatic door openers are not required by ADA, it is still best practice that your main entry door to your building is an automatic door. Whether it's a low energy handicap door or a full energy automatic sliding door, making your door accessible to all pedestrians is the best business practice, whether it's a requirement or not.

Energy Savings

Automatic doors provide huge energy savings for your commercial building. The doors only open and close for a short period of time. With manual commercial doors, they can get stuck on rugs, or hung up, or even held open with a door holder, causing huge amounts of temperature controlled air within the building to rush outside. Having automatic doors maintain a steady inside temperature saving you money on energy.


Automatic doors are equipped with built in safety features to eliminate anyone from getting hurt by the door. Automatic door operators also open with a low opening force. Whereas a manual commercial door with an improperly adjusted hydraulic door closer can slam shut on a pedestrian.

Automatic Doors For Sale

If you are in need of automatic doors or automatic door openers we recommend our Maverick automatic sliding doors, Maverick automatic swing doors, or Commander automatic door openers. Our products are easy to install and reliable. Order today and receive FREE freight. For more information contact custsvc@autodoorandhardware.com

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