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Questions About Automatic Door Operators? We’ve Got Answers!

Thinking about installing an automatic door operator but still on the fence? We’ve gathered all the commonly asked questions together in one place to help you decide if it’s time to make the switch.

How do automatic door operators work?

Automatic door operators are equipment attached to a seemingly manual door that’s activated when a push button or wave switch makes the door open automatically.

Are automatic doors required for ADA compliance?

Having automatic doors is not required for ADA compliance. However, they provide better access for everyone, boosting both employee and visitor satisfaction. Even for those without physical limitations, manual doors can be difficult to operate when hands are filled with bags or boxes, pushing a wheeled device such as a stroller or cart, or if someone doesn’t have the strength to open it – like a child. Having automatic door operators installed can help reduce accidents and frustrations by offering hands-free options at front entrances and high-traffic doors.

Is the cost of installing an automatic door operator worth it?

An automatic door operator helps prolong the life of your door because it reduces door damage since it is not hit by equipment passing through and provides better control of the door when closing. It also increases the value of the building at the time of sale.

Can an automatic door operator minimize germ transmission?

When an automatic door operator is used with a motion/wave switch that reduces the number of touches to door handles and push buttons, the transmission of germs is greatly minimized. This is especially helpful in communal areas like restrooms and breakrooms.

Are automatic door systems secure?

Yes, although automatic door operators are designed to allow safe and uninterrupted flows of traffic, they can still be locked, and access can be restricted by requiring employees to activate the automatic door operator by using a wireless remote transmitter or credentialed access.

Can an automatic door operator be used with access control (keyless access)?

Yes, automatic door operator with access control is often found where people have lots of packages and bags and need to have credentialed access – examples range from an underground garage to a central lobby. We can integrate your building’s existing access control system to work with an automatic door operator, even if it’s not our system.  This saves you time and money since there’s no need to involve your access control provider.

Will I need to replace my existing door in order to install an automatic door operator?

A door doesn’t usually need to be replaced unless the door is not strong enough to support the Automatic Door Operator, the door and frame are residential grade, or if the door is damaged.

How long does it take to install an automatic door operator?

It typically takes less than a day and the doorway can be used during installation.

Is an electrician needed to install an automatic door operator?

Most automatic door operators need electrical nearby. If none is available, then an electrician is needed to set up the wiring before or after we install it. We can assist in locating an electrician if one is needed. For special circumstances, such as all glass doors, there are automatic door operator models available which don’t require 110 voltage.

Where can a push button/wave sensor button be located?

They can be located within 30 feet of the automatic door operator and be either wired or wireless. If wireless, they operate via a radio frequency similar to a garage door opener. They require batteries that typically last several years but do need to be changed periodically and more often in colder weather.

Can automatic door operators be used in vestibules with two doors?

Absolutely! We offer three options for vestibules.

  1. Simultaneously – Both doors open at the same time. This is typically used when the doors are less than seven feet apart because there is not enough room between them for buttons. This option requires that both doors hold open longer to allow people time to navigate through both.
  2. Sequenced – The first set of doors open. Then, after a pre-established amount of time, the second set of doors open. This is used in the same situation as above but when energy or security is of higher concern. This allows the first door to begin closing sooner so the first door shuts as you are passing through the second.
  3. Independently – Each automatic door operator is activated separately. This is the most energy-efficient and is often used if the inner door needs credentialed access.

Can an automatic door operator be motion activated?

Motion-activated automatic door operators are typically used in extremely high-traffic doors such as big box retail, airports, and hospitals, etc. They require installation by a certified electrician and installer. Our team can install low-energy operators which require a push button or wave switch to activate the automatic door operator.

Can a pneumatic system or air tube power an automatic door operator?

Yes, these systems are typically used where electricity is either difficult to provide or the conduit would ruin the aesthetics of the door. We have the expertise to install and service pneumatic equipment.

Who are the typical manufacturers of automatic door operators?

Commonly seen manufacturers are Motion Access, NortonLCN, Dorma, Record, and Besam. We can service and install most of these automatic door operators.

If you have more questions our security experts are happy to help. Interested in a quote? Contact us today!