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Which Automatic Door Opener Is Best For Disabled People?

Which Automatic Door Opener Is Best For Disabled People? | Sales: custsvc@autodoorandhardware.com

Automatic door openers are designed to automate swinging doors allowing easier access in and out of the building. But what automatic door opener works best for disabled people. Which one should you use?


When it comes to any commercial building or place of business safety should be your #1 concern. Especially if you have elderly pedestrians in wheelchairs or walkers. For these reasons only UL Certified automatic door openers should be used for disabled pedestrians. UL standards indicate that the commercial door opener is safe and can be used on commercial buildings.

Fire Rated

Before installing an automatic door opener you should first determine if your door is a fire door. If it is you should only be installing a fire rated commercial door opener. If you install a non-UL listed door opener that is not fire rated, it can be very dangerous as the door will not close when a fire occurs, causing the fire to rapidly spread in the building.


Part of feeling safe is knowing you chose a reputable commercial door opener. Just because a door opener is from a big company doesn't mean it is the best product for you. Many automatic door openers today are manufactured in China because it is cheap, and lots of these door openers are designed for the loose safety restrictions of the Chinese construction industry. Before choosing an automatic door opener look up the product, and see where it comes from. Research the company that makes the products. Consider after market support if you have an issue with the automatic door opener. The best solution is to go with USA company with USA made automatic door openers. The price will be less because the door opener does not have to be shipped from China, and all the aftermarket parts will be readily available if you should need them. Don't be afraid to ask where the automatic door opener is made!

Key Fob Integration

If your pedestrians are disabled a wireless key fob might be the best solution to activate the automatic door to open. Simply press the small push button on the fob and the door will gently open.

Handicap Push Buttons

Wireless handicap push buttons can be integrated to activate the automatic door opener. Keep in mind that the handicap push buttons should be located in an easy to access area away from the swinging door.

Safety Sensors

If your main use for an automatic door opener is for disabled pedestrians, such as an elderly home, or rehabilitation center, then the automatic door opener should have door mounted safety sensors. This will allow the door to detect if a person is still in the door way, and will trigger the automatic door to open.


If you are in need of an automatic door opener for the disabled, we recommend our Commander automatic door opener. The Commander is our own brand of automatic door openers and is completely safe. Our product is UL listed, ADA compliant, fire rated, and made in the USA. At Automatic Door and Hardware we work with companies and businesses every day to find safe door automation solutions that best fit their application. Contact us today at custsvc@autodoorandhardware.com and learn more.
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