When you have to design an entrance to a room, you create an access point within a wall. It seems so very simple; a doorway. However, there are times when you need that space to close – for security or for visual and a acoustical privacy. Unfortunately, the act of creating that flexible barrier often takes up additional space becase it results in a swing path. Considering a sliding glass door system by AD Systems may be just what your project needs to balance the needs for privacy with the needs for efficient use of space. if you wish to enjoy ambient light while protecting sound and visibility.
Sliding Glass Door Systems that Maximize Your Space and Cost-Benefit
First, let’s examine the space that a traditional doorway takes up. Whether you’re an architect, designer or facility owner, that space matters. After all, imagine what you can do with a few extra square feet. Traditional swinging doors consume about 10 square feet with the swing path alone, plus significantly more due to approach clearances. When you save on useful square footage, you save on cost.
Furthermore, a solid, swinging door blocks light. Thus, your office space may feel isolated and closed – claustrophobic. In some cases, this could even create an air of distrust. Certainly, this is not an ambiance that any business wishes to convey.
Consequently, when choosing the best fit for your facility, consider interior sliding doors with glass panels embedded. Not only, do glass panels let in more light, they create a more modern design aesthetic. Therefore, you save space and you create a pleasing atmosphere.
If you’re worried about privacy, AD Systems has multiple solutions as well. Choose from a range of glazing and infill panels for ExamSlide™. Or, instead of sliding glass door systems in your office, opt for a flush laminate or wood door. Moreover, all of AD Systems’ OfficeSlide™ interior sliding doors have tested acoustical performance up to NIC 39. Consequently, your private conversations stay where they belong, behind closed doors.
How Do Interior Sliding Doors Work?
Sliding doors rely on specially-designed sliding door hardware that rolls smoothly along a track. Distinct from pocket doors that are often flimsy and have issues with coming off tracks, interior sliding doors like those by AD Systems are a top-hung “barn style” design that is surface mounted in front of the wall. These doors require a minimal amount of floor space, but can accommodate large clear openings for when people, equipment or furnishings need to move in and out of a space.
Additionally, sliding door systems come in customizable sizes and finishes as well as configurations. OfficeSlide can include glass storefronts, sidelites or transoms. . Included are flush wood, aluminum or wood stile and rail doors. ExamSlide has multiple options for 1 ¾ inch doors with glass, wood, laminate or aluminum stile and rail door leaves.
How their hardware works varies as well.
For example, ExamSlide hardware options include:
· ADA thumb-turn lock with occupancy indicator
· Key locks
· ADA self-latching mortise
· Magnetic lock – key card/access control
· Single-action egress with lever
· Flush pulls and anti-ligature hardware
OfficeSlide provides options for:
· ADA-compliant locking and latching hardware
· KeyCard/Access Control with mag lock
· Self-closers of automatic operation
· Custom pulls
Better yet, you can also increase energy efficiency if you choose interior sliding doors for your establishment. AD Systems’ engineers designed the doors to reduce perimeter gaps often found in other systems. Likewise, their OfficeSlide doors have smoke-rated options per UL 1784. Therefore, they aren’t just useful for energy efficiency needs, they provide safety as well.
Of course, viewing case studies is not only a great way to get a feel for a contractor’s work, it sparks ideas. Check out AD Systems’ portfolio which includes banks, clinics and medical centers.
Finally, begin your project with a free quote. Or, give us a call at 425-374-1360.