automatic locking sliding doors Automatic Locking Sliding Doors

The use of automatic locking sliding doors is becoming increasingly popular in many different industries and building types. Architects are rediscovering the benefits of sliding doors as space savers, and as aesthetically interesting design features that add an air of style and modernity to any building. Many sliding door designs did not easily allow for locks to be incorporated, and that has often limited the use and functionality of sliding doors.

For many years, sliding doors were seen as impractical options for professional businesses that wanted to make security safety and confidentiality a priority. Hospitals, doctor’s offices, and business offices often don’t consider sliding doors as viable architecture options during renovations or their original building plans. Sliding doors have a reputation for being flimsy and not as acoustically sound as swing doors, but new product improvements have made sliding doors much more equal in terms of performance and functionality.

Features and Benefits

Today sliding doors are stronger and more acoustically “sound” than ever before, and they can incorporate many hardware “must haves” such as ADA compliant privacy locks, key locks, thumbturns, card readers and self-closing and self-latching hardware. Not only are sliding doors stylish and modern, providing an updated look to buildings, but they also have many advantages over traditional doors. Some of the features and benefits of sliding doors include:

Space saving design:

sliding doors are top hung, which means no exposed floor tracks that can cause tripping or difficulty moving equipment through the doorway. The doors also equipped with soft-close features, decreasing the risk of pinched fingers or door slams. Sliding doors roll closely to the walls beside them, saving space that swing doors take up by opening in or out and the associated clearances. With the price per square foot in new buildings increasing in most areas, it is important to utilize every inch of floor space efficiently.

Customizable options:

customization is another option available with sliding doors. Doors can be created with wood, aluminum, or glass paneling to fit the style of the existing building. They can also be fitted with mortise locks, latches, card readers, or other security features so that a “locking sliding door” no longer means settling for a floor lock or other impractical applied solution.

Sound quality:

sliding doors are fitted with seals that create isolated acoustic environments, creating a private space for medical treatment or discussions, business meetings, and other confidential events to take place. The doors are built to limit sound transfer between spaces in order to maintain speech privacy, while also keeping noise from infiltrating and disturbing confidential conversations and patients’ or clients’ sense of privacy in space. AD Systems’ doors can be designed with varying levels of sound control that vastly exceed what is possible with a typical sliding barn door.


Because barn door solutions slide in front of the wall, locks have been a challenge for most barn door sliders. Because AD Systems has an innovative vertical stile pocket design for acoustics, it is also able to use high quality commercial grade hardware for ADA thumbturns, key locks, self-latching locks, controlled access (card readers), mag locks and other locking devices. All are a significant step up in terms of quality and reliability versus floor locks or other surface applied locking or latching hardware that is often used on sliding doors.

Locking sliding doors are acoustically sound, secure, and aesthetically pleasing for a variety of healthcare, commercial and residential settings. If you are an architect working on a new building or renovating an existing facility and would like more information about the advantages of automatic locking sliding doors, please visit AD Systems at There, you can obtain more information, or participate in a live chat with an AD Systems expert. AD Systems can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.