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Automatic doors – sliding vs swinging

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If you’re opening a new business premises or re-fitting an existing building, automatic doors are an essential part of your business’ frontage. There are several types of automatic doors to choose from. Which one is suited best to you will depend on your requirements and preferences. Two popular options are sliding automatic doors and swinging automatic doors. Here is some detailed information to help you to make the best decision for your shop front installation.

Benefits of sliding automatic doors

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Sliding automatic doors are a popular solution for high traffic entrance areas. They are often installed in supermarkets and hospitals where there is an almost constant flow of people entering and leaving the building. They can be manufactured in a range of sizes to fit both small and large-scale applications. Often used as an exterior entrance door, they are equally suited for internal installations between two areas of a building.

Automatic sliding doors can feature single or double door openings. Of all automatic door types, they have the fewest moving parts meaning that they are the most cost-effective, and their design is simple and easy to install. If you’re new to automatic doors, sliding doors are a great place to start.

Benefits of swinging automatic doors


Automatic swing doors are an excellent solution for retro-fit installations on existing manual doors. The automatic operating system can easily be retro-fitted to save a significant amount of money compared to a full door replacement. Automatic swing doors are an innovative and cost-effective way to update your business premises to ensure that your building complies with DDA standards for disabled access.

When sliding doors are not an option due to restricted opening width or any other factor, swing doors are an excellent alternative. They can be specified as either single or double doors and can be designed to open either internally or externally. Swing doors can be fully automatic or partially automated where a light push is required to initiate the automatic opening.

As you can see, both automatic sliding doors and automatic swing doors have their own benefits and are suited to different types of business premises. If you’d like to find out more about our range of automatic doors systems, contact ADC today. Call us on 0800 0461 105 or send us a message online.

Testimonials
  • “The Automatic Door Company (ADC) were asked to quote for the contract to maintain the Auto Doors at East Cheshire NHS Trust in 2014. Which has been carried out to an exceptional standard. During this period ADC have also replaced two doors to the entrance to our A&E these doors have changed the appearance and functionality of the A&E. ADC have also carried out the installation to the entrance to Orthopaedics this has changed the waiting area for the better and the waiting area is now more comfortable for patients and staff within the waiting area. Over all ADC have work to a high standard as I look forward to working with ADC in the future.”

    East Cheshire NHS Trust (Laurence Edwards, Estates officer)
  • “Edge Hill University have been using ADC for the installation, servicing and reactive repairs of our automatic doors for a number of years. The work they have carried out is neat, tidy and has been delivered to a high standard. Site Engineers are always well presented, polite and communicate in a professional manner, Customer Service Excellence is a core requirement for Edge Hill University. I would not hesitate to recommend (working with) The Automatic Door Company. Technical enquiries are always responded to in a prompt manner, with Administrative Staff willing to help in any way they can.”

    Edge Hill University (Mark Burton, Facilities Manager)
  • “On a busy university campus its vital that the infra-structure runs smoothly. ADC have maintained and repaired the doors here for many years, giving us a very dependable service at a competitive price, and moreover total piece of mind.”

    Edge Hill University (Colin Francis, Maintenance Supervisor)
  • “ADC have serviced our automatic doors for a number of years now and we would highly recommend their service. They are quick to respond to enquiries and maintain a professional demeanour when on site. Their skilled engineers are friendly and always willing to go out of their way to help with any issues or queries we may have. We are very happy with the service ADC provide and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.”

    Guardian Print Centre (Rob Court, Facilities Manager)
  • “The ADC Service engineers are highly reliable and hardworking. They are thoughtful of our needs and always willing to go the extra mile to help us, offering information and advice as well as quality service. We have worked with ADC for the past 9 years and we would use ADC for future works as we are pleased with everything they have delivered so far.”

    Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Glyn Greenwood, Assistant Building Management Officer)

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The Automatic Door Company install high calibre commercial automatic doors across North Wales, Merseyside and the North West. No matter the job our installation teams always work to the highest industry standards.

We will work with you to help provide the perfect solution for your project ensuring we meet your needs, specifications and most importantly your budget!

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