When you’re designing a building, every decision counts, so it’s often a good idea to question the conventional wisdom. For years, swinging doors have been the default choice of many designers, but that’s starting to change. Glass barn doors and other sliding doors like those made by Washington-based AD Systems have surged in popularity. Today, we’ll look at what’s responsible for this sudden change and what barn door systems can offer to you.
Glass Barn Doors: Fast Facts
- Sliding doors come in two main styles: pocket doors and barn doors. Pocket doors slide in and out of a cut-out hole in the wall. Barn doors ride on a track attached to the wall or partition. (For this reason, barn doors are generally easier to service and maintain.)
- AD Systems’ barn doors improve on traditional sliding doors. Their doors are top-hung and don’t require an exposed floor track. This design allows people, equipment and assistive devices to move in and out with nothing to impede them. Soft Close technology prevents loud and potentially damaging door-slamming.
- Traditional swinging doors can require up to thirty square feet just to swing open and closed and preserve approach clearances. The slim profile of barn doors is a huge advantage for designers; they require only slightly more room than a normal wall dimension.
- Barn doors by AD Systems offer a superior level of sound control. Sound leakage can be a significant problem with other sliding systems. AD Systems’ doors, on the other hand, are acoustically tested up to NIC 39. Clients even have the option to add a patent-pending acoustic seal on all sides for maximum privacy.
Refining the Barn Door with AD Systems
Founded in 2009, AD Systems first found success with its “interior storefront” with sliding doors package. Businesses loved the simple, elegant design and high-performance construction. Eventually, the company realized that the market was in need of advanced sliding door systems with no compromise in aesthetics.
A few years later, AD Systems debuted their flagship products, the ExamSlide and OfficeSlide doors. A long and rigorous design process, with input from medical and corporate professionals about their needs, produced two outstanding doors.
- ExamSlide: Hospitals, doctor’s offices, and urgent care clinics have been leading the way in transitioning to sliding barn doors. Medical facilities need strict privacy protection, space conservation, and ease of use for individuals of all ages and ability levels. In other words, they’re ideal candidates for sliding barn doors.
These doors were designed in cooperation with medical professionals across the US. Consequently, now they’re the gold standard for facility design professionals trying to stay ahead of the curve. Mountain View Hospital in Salt Lake City made sliding barn doors an integral part of their remodel plan — the results speak for themselves.
- OfficeSlide: Privacy protection and space efficiency are just as important in the corporate world as in the medical field. The OfficeSlide is AD Systems’ answer to the needs of office professionals. Its quality construction and elegantly simple design make it a high-performance, low-maintenance winner.
Examples of Glass Barn Doors at AD Systems
The professionals at Everett, WA’s Coastal Community Bank integrated the OfficeSlide into the plans of their new headquarters. Employees and customers love the natural light and contemporary aesthetic of the beautiful new building. Sliding doors are part of their strategy to ensure they’re always pushing for growth and innovation across the board.
AD Systems’ doors are available with a wide variety of finishes and hardware, from keycard readers to flush pulls. The company also offers multiple configurations to meet individual firms’ needs. Sidelite and transom setups, custom interior lighting, and privacy glazes up to an inch thick are all available.
To get started investigating how glass barn doors can boost efficiency at your firm, call AD Systems at 425-374-1360 or use their easy and secure contact form.