We can sell and install a new automatic door for your project including the top of the line Record Automatic, that will save you money on unnecessary service calls with its interactive diagnostic capabilities. We service and maintain all of the automatic doors no matter what manufacturer, make or model, not just the ones that we install.
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Choosing between a low energy opener or a high-energy opener depends upon the application. Leo’s are low energy operators, and high-energy automatic door openers are mostly used in high traffic areas like grocery stores.
The difference is primarily speed and price, the faster the door is the stricter the safety standards must be. This means that we must install more sensors in the fully automatic door system. These sensors are a big consideration because of the additional price they add to the automatic doors.
Handicap Automatic Doors
Many of the low-energy operators do not require the use of sensors. These may be used in a variety of ways for handicapped entrances as well as for no hands access. Once you make a door into a automatic door (when you walk up the door automatically opens for you without pushing a button), then you must use all the same safety sensors that you would use on a high energy automatic door.
The most common way they are used is for handicap access, because of the reduced expense. The low energy operator known as a LEO, is the most economical way to turn a standard door into an automatic swinging door. This is good for slow traffic areas especially if the door can be used for one way traffic, but not recommended for busy areas. Also it should not be used in areas that have extreme weather conditions where you need to control the environment. For these applications we recommend the automatic sliding doors for their speed.
Automatic Pedestrian Doors
High energy automatic doors require multiple sensors not only for opening the doors but also for keeping them from closing on pedestrians (which is the most important part). But these doors are the best for most of your busy department and grocery stores, not to mention it is used in a variety of office buildings. It is important to choose the right door for your needs the first time. Traffic flow and space requirements are among the major considerations. The other should be maintenance costs you will incur on the back side of the installation. If you are interested in a product that will reduce the amount of expence at this time you will pay a little more up front but it will even out in no time.
There are three different styles:
Automatic swinging doors usually require hand rails to guide the pedestrians away from hazardous areas. These doors used to be the most popular in production, but in the Florida area there are few new ones being installed. One big reason is the amount of doors required for the traffic flow is higher then automatic sliding doors, which can be used for two way traffic. Another reason for the increase in popularity is the increased safety and efficiency that has been developed in recent years.
Automatic sliding doors usually do not require any handrails be installed for safety. And they use can be used easily for both directions, instead of multiple doors for incoming traffic and multiple doors for outgoing traffic. You can have a door function as an in door, out door or both ways. Therefore it is one of the most popular automatic doors in the industry today. They normally have a breakout design to protect the tenants and the customers, in case of fire or other life threatening hazard. These regulations are created to satisfy the NFPA (National Fire Protection Act) standards.
Automatic folding doors never took on much popularity in this area, but you can still find a few of them around. These had to have a guard rail but a much shorter one. Sometimes automatic folding doors were able to be put into an area that didn't have enough room for it either the automatic sliding door or the automatic swinging door.
For new installations we recommend the Record Automatic Door system because of their long term benefits. The owner will save money in the long run, between less service calls and less down time for the automatic door system. For installation of any of these products you may contact us for a free quote.
Retrofitting storefront doors
There are many ways to retrofit existing store front openings for high energy units that may not require replacing the entire opening. Let our professionals figure out the proper fit for your budget and desired function. We may even be able to put a surface mount automatic sliding door without replacing any of your existing storefront except the doors. We can manage your entire project to make sure it stays on time and in budget.
Storefront systems are part of our automatic door packages and are available without automatic doors. All our storefronts are Florida Building Code approved for wind loads. For more information, or for quotes on your project, please contact our installation department. We work with many of the storefront system manufacturers, so no matter what your specs are for we should be able to accommodate your project.
Safety standards are written by a Consortium of door manufacturers also known as the AAADM (American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers). These standards are referred to as the ANSI A156.10 – 2005. These manufacturers set the standards for ANSI (American National standards Institute), and help keep the latest usable technology get incorporated universally into the automatic door industry. These standards are very important because they help to incorporate the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) standards and the ADA (American Disabilities Act) standards into the manufacturing, upkeep, and repair of automatic door products. The ANSI safety standards are explicit in saying that you should not have to exert more than 30 pounds of pressure (50 pounds if it's a breakaway) to start the door moving, more than 15 pounds of pressure to continue its movement, nor more than 15 pounds to operate any latching mechanism. Also there are many provisions for closing forces, sensor provisions, signage, and guide rails.
Automatic Door Safety Inspections
This is an important inspection that is done for safety. Most insurance companies require an automatic pedestrian door to be inspected annually for safety. Read more…
We service all makes and models of automatic sliding doors. Our favorites to sell are the new Besam Automatics. They are highly reliable and very well built. Read more…
Low Energy Operators
Low Energy Operators are also known as Leos. Most often these are used to make a standard set of swinging automatic doors for handicap access. Read more…