In general, sliding doors are very popular in modern facilities. Not only are they useful, but interior sliding doors create a pleasing ambiance. Barn doors with glass enhance an eye-catching atmosphere even further. Whether you’re an architect, designer or facility owner, consider their design and space-enhancing benefits. AD Systems’ engineers have diligently considered that and other advantages as well.
The Clear Benefits of Barn Doors with Glass
Initially, let’s examine the space-saving perks of sliding doors in general. Traditional swinging doors consume significantly more square feet of expensive floor space with the swing path alone. Additionally, they require more space for approach clearances. Top-hung barn doors use a wall mounted track and slide flush against the wall. Therefore, they eliminate the swing path. When you save on useful square footage, you save on cost. Plus, imagine what you can do with a few extra square feet. Moreover, there is no floor track to impede foot or equipment traffic.
Next, when you add frosted glass to the equation, the benefits increase. Ultimately, this is due to two main reasons. First, allowing natural light to enter your office or medical facility space enhances not just the ambiance. Surprisingly, it elevates mood as well. In fact, an Australian study demonstrates that participants’ serotonin levels were higher on sunny days. Healthy and happy employees equal more productive employees. Also, in a healthcare facility, natural light is important for patients’ feeling of well-being. Adding glazing to small spaces or to help add light making it from the perimeter deep into floorplates is an important design feature.
Second, natural light is better for the environment and your budget. Reducing the need for interior artificial lighting saves on your electric bill. Additionally, it’s eco-friendly. Not only will this improve your finances, your employees and clients will appreciate your conservation efforts.
Options for Sliding Doors
In addition, if you have an office space needing sound protection, you may wonder: how thick are barn doors? Typically, ExamSlide™ and OfficeSlide™ doors are 1 ¾ inches thick. However, the way you customize your door may alter that number slightly. In addition to acoustic seals, there is no perimeter gap that exists on swinging doors. These door systems test to an acoustic level NIC 39.
Most importantly, AD Systems creates doors that shield visibility as well, when needed. Frosted glass has many levels of glazing options that provide privacy without blocking natural light. Notably, this may affect thickness as well. Plus, ExamSlide includes the option of lead-shielding and additional glazing for X-ray rooms. If you’d prefer another design scheme, films and integral blinds are useful in shifting and balancing light as well.
Both systems have available soft or automatic closures and a variety of locking choices. Other hardware options vary including:
· ADA-compliant thumb-turn lock with occupancy indicator
· Key locks
· Self-latching mortise that is also ADA-compliant
· Magnetic lock – key card/access control
· Single-action egress with lever
· Flush pulls and anti-ligature hardware
· Self-Closing hardware
· Automatic Operators
Choosing Your Source for Interior Sliding Doors
Finally, you may be wondering how much barn doors with glass cost. With all the options, it isn’t difficult to find a combination to fit your budget. More importantly, be sure to calculate how much you save on additional square feet and future expenses. Keeping those in mind will help you adjust your bottom line accordingly.
Also, it’s helpful to see the way these doors perform within the interior space of working facilities. Here, view AD Systems’ gallery of projects. Furthermore, check out their case studies for office and medical facilities throughout the U.S.
No matter which door system is best for your needs, AD Systems gladly shares their expertise. Today, contact them for a free quote and let them shed a little light on your space and project.