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Automatic Door and Hardware carries the largest selection of handicap door closers and barrier free door closers from the most trusted door hardware brands. Handicap door closers are a necessity to any commercial business, shopping center, hospital, or school. Making sure your commercial door is ADA compliant starts with having a high quality barrier free handicap door closer. Shop today at Automatic Door and Hardware and receive FREE shipping!
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What Is a Handicap Door Closer

A handicap door closer is a type of hydraulic and mechanical device used to safely close a manual door. The term handicap door closer is often generated to indicate that the door closer is accessible to disabled pedestrians.

ADA & Handicap Door Closers

In 1990 the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed by Congress as a law in order to help provide equal rights for all people with disabilities. ADA transformed the construction trade including doors in commercial buildings. With ADA regulations commercial doors are only allowed a certain amount of opening force to open the door. For interior doors this 5 pounds of opening force and the general standard for exterior doors is 8.5 pounds of force. With ADA requirements such as the door opening force, pedestrians in wheelchairs or walking canes, or even the elderly are able to pull or push the the door open. Without regulations put into place like this, many doors would be far too difficult to open for the elderly or pedestrians who may have a physical disability. Another major requirement by ADA states that the door must take atleast 5 seconds to close from the point at which it is fully open to 12 degrees. This is to prevent the door from closing too quickly and slamming shut, which could result in bodily injury to pedestrians using the door. With that being said, handicap door closers are only effective if they are adjusted properly. Although many doors today have handicap door closers and ADA compliant signage on the door, with further investigation you would be surprised how many doors are actually out of compliance. Especially if the commercial door opening force is measured with an opening force gauge. Many handicap door closers are just not properly adjusted to meet ADA compliance. At Automatic Door and Hardware our handicap door closers are fully adjustable in both spring size and speed adjustments so that they can be properly adjusted to meet ADA compliance.

How Do You Close A Wheelchair Door

There are a couple of options when it comes to wheelchair accessible doors and automatically closing them, both of which can be adjusted to meet and comply with ADA standards. The least expensive choice is a handicap door closer. Handicap door closers range in price, however a good commercial grade handicap door closer is typically $100 to $350.00. Handicap door closers are non-electric and do not require electrical power for them to function. They are completely mechanical and hydraulic. Two speed adjustments come standard which control the closing speed and door latching speed. Per ADA standards, interior ADA doors must have no more than 5 pounds of opening force. If the interior door has other issues such as faulty door hinges, or improperly adjusted door sweeps, it can effect the opening force needed to open the door. If this is the case you will need to explore the other option which a power handicap door opener.

What Is The Difference Between A Handicap Door Closer and Handicap Door Opener

A handicap door opener is an electro mechanical device used to automatically open and close doors, often referred to as a power door opener. Handicap door openers have become more of a standard for swinging commercial entrance doors ever since the pandemic occurred. Health concerns and stopping the spread of germs has caused many building owners to go with hands free door automation. As a result, handicap door openers have increased in popularity and become a norm for commercial entrance doors. However, before the pandemic handicap door openers could also be used in door applications where the door had too much drag and required more than 5lb of opening force for an interior door or more than 8.5lbs of force for an exterior door in order to open it. With more than 5lbs (interior) or 8.5lbs (exterior) of opening force, pedestrians with disabilities would have a very difficult time opening the door. The solution for these door applications is the electro mechanical handicap door opener. With a handicap door opener, the dc motor will power the door open for the pedestrian there by allowing them access with no opening force exerted by the pedestrian.

What Is A Barrier Free Door Closer

A barrier free door closer is a handicap door closer that has an adjustable spring size, so that the opening force required to open the door is less than 5lb for interior doors and 8.5lbs for exterior doors. Most barrier free door closers are adjustable from spring size 1-6. The spring size of a door closer relates to the size and weight of a door. A spring size of 1 would be used on a light weight, small interior door. While a spring size of 6 would be used on a large, heavy exterior door. A door size and spring size chart is given with most adjustable spring door closers. It is up to the installer to use a door force gauge to test and verify that the door closer spring size is adjusted so that the opening force is compliant. It is worth noting that many factors on a commercial door can affect the opening force needed to open a door. Weather stripping, air drafts, thresholds, carpet/floor, hinges, twisted door frames, warped doors, and more are all factors that can cause binding or friction affecting the door's opening force.