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Architects have a complicated job. In addition to creating a building that meets the aesthetic and design needs of a client or community, they have to ensure that all components of a building meet the required safety rules and laws. In September of 2012, the regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 were revised, and they went into effect in March of 2012. These revisions covered renovations, additions, and new construction standards for accessibility and barrier removal at commercial and government buildings as well as public accommodations.

When designing one of these types of buildings, architects need to keep these ADA door requirements in mind. Here is what they entail:

Opening and Closing Devices

Every ADA door has to have a maximum of five pounds of operating force. This will ensure that it can be opened and closed by people with varying degrees of ability. The specifics of ADA permit that the operating force be exceeded to overcome a doors inertia or closing devices, but the five pounds of force may not be exceeded to full open the door.

Door Size

Regulations require that an ADA door have a clearance of a minimum of 32 inches. It is increasingly common that projects, especially in the healthcare setting, require larger clear openings than this ADA standard to accommodate those with bariatric needs or other functional requirements of the occupancy. In those instances, the larger doors must also maintain operating force requirements.


Every ADA door has to have a flat, even surface on the lower 10 inches. There cannot be any decorative or functional projections below 34 inches which could cause difficulty for someone to enter or exit a room. Handles and locks also need to be low enough to be reached from a wheelchair. In addition, all handles and pulls need to be operable with one hand and will not require a tight grip or having to twist a wrist to use. A sliding ADA door also needs to have a concealed bottom guide that rests underneath the door, no floor tracks are permitted. This ensures that no tripping hazard will not be created for someone using a wheelchair, crutches, or braces.

If you are building a public facility, as an architect, you have a challenge in balancing code and accessibility responsibilities with aesthetic goals and space constraints. Design is important, but health and safety standards are paramount. When it comes to deciding on the right sliding ADA doors for your building’s interiors, you certainly have a lot of choices to consider. AD Systems Doors offers a full line of ADA compliant sliding doors designed to suit the needs for a variety of facilities, including hospitals, schools, hotels, and any other place that has to balance accessibility and space-saving needs.

In addition to functionality, our doors offer a unique aesthetic quality. We offer a large variety of finishes that will perfectly fit in with any décor. When it is time to think about ADA compliant sliding doors, be sure to think aboutAD Systems and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about our doors performance or options.