ADA Door Systems
If you’re designing a new building or renovating an existing building, ADA compliance is extremely important. But how can you make sure your doors are compliant without sacrificing style?
First, let’s look at a few guidelines to keep in mind:
- Revolving doors (turnstiles) might look great, but they aren’t accessible for many people with disabilities. An accessible gate or door must be provided.
- Doorways must have a minimum clear opening of at least 32 inches when the door is open at a 90 degree angle.
- If the door is not automatic or power-assisted, you must account for minimum maneuvering distances, depending on the type of door.
- You must have at least 48 inches plus the width of the door swinging into the space between two doors.
- Thresholds and floor level changes cannot exceed certain heights and slopes.
- Accessible doors need to have hardware that is easy to grasp/use, and no higher than 48 inches from the ground.
- The force needed to open a door cannot exceed certain standards, depending on the type of door.
- If the door closes automatically, it must do so relatively slowly, based on the way the door closes.
Keep in mind that not only is this an incomplete run-down of the standards you must meet, but these guidelines reflect the minimum requirements. In many cases, you’ll want to exceed these standards to make the space truly accessible.
Here at AD Systems, we understand just how important it is for your doors to be beautiful, as well as functional, for everyone entering your building. That’s why we offer a full selection of ADA door systems that meet – and in many cases exceed – ADA requirements.
Here are just a few of our doors’ features:
- Soft-close, self-closing, and fully automated doors that make entering and exiting a building safe and easy for everyone
- Hardware with disabled patrons in mind, include thumb-turn locks, occupancy indicators, and self-latch options
- Top-hung slides and hidden bottom guides that won’t create tripping hazards or hang-ups for wheelchairs
- Options for very large openings that far exceed the 32 inches required by ADA regulations
ADA regulations aren’t just for medical clinics and hospitals. You will need to comply with ADA regulations if you are building a public space, in most cases – this includes hotels, educational facilities, shopping centers, and more! Even if you’re designing a private space, like a house, you may want to consider how anyone with a disability would move in the space. We can help you choose doors that will complement the design and create a space that’s comfortable for everyone, in addition to being stylish. After all, an accessible door doesn’t have to be an ugly door. We offer several custom options for our doors, so you can find a door that fits the style of the building in which it will be used.
Want to talk to a representative about your ADA-compliant door options? Give us a call today at 425-374-1360 to learn more about all of our door options, including our highly customizable barn doors, decorative officefront doors, acoustic performance doors when soundproofing is required, and more. If you need an ADA door solution, we’re ready and able to help.