Automatic Swing Doors are a reliable and trusted way to ensure ease of access in homes and business. There are a range of reasons why installing automatic swing doors in your home or business may be a practical solution to accessibility issues that come with opening and closing a swing door.
Reasons for installing automatic swing doors:
- Ensuring ease of access
- Hygienic solution- stops people touching doors
- Unable to convert existing swing doors to sliding doors
Swing Doors in homes and business can often be heavy and cumbersome to open. This can mean that adding an automatic swing door opener allows people to access their home or businesses faster and more safely.
It also helps businesses to be COVID safe as having automatic swing doors stops people touching doors and helps lessen the spread of germs and viruses.
Automatic Swing Doors are not something that people have always considered as a viable option for opening and closing front entry doors. Auto Swing Door operators can also be added to security screens and internal doors.
It is becoming more common to see homes that are custom built for the disabled and elderly have automatic swing doors and automatic sliding doors as a feature of their design.
How are they installed?
Automatic Swing Door operators are mounted internally above the front entry door. It is important to have some space above the entry door for the operator to be mounted but there are also slim design operators that can be fitted in small spaces.
The wiring for the operator can be hidden inside the walls and where this is not possible conduit can be used to hide any cabling that might be exposed.
Automatic swing door operators in homes are usually installed with an opening and closing sensor that is activated by a push button remote control. They can also be installed with sensors that can work with hands-free devices.
In businesses, the swing doors can be activated to open by motion sensors, push buttons or hands free wave sensors. These are mounted to the wall where people enter and exit the buildings.
Are they safe?
People worry that the operator may not lock their door securely, this is not the case. Our European operators FAAC and Ditec have been tried and tested to Australian standards for safety and design. They also pass safety the quality standards of Europe’s most stringent regulator for quality TUV.
The speed and force of the door opening and shutting are pre programmed by our installers. This is based on the door size and weight. The operator smart control board recognises if it connects with an obstacle and can be set to just stop or re-open.
For added safety, sensors can be installed on the door on one or both sides. There are two options for this
- A door safety curtain that sits on the door leaf and runs across
- Or a flat scan sensor that sits on the hinge corner of the door leaf
The sensors look/detect to see if anything or anybody is in the way of the swing of the door.
If there is then they will not let the door open or close. The flat scan sensor does the same as the safety curtain but also covers the hinge point so is great to have in child care centres or when children are often around.
Both will stop the door from hitting anyone if they detect anything in the way.
We take the time to adjust the open and close door settings to meet your requirements for safe entry and exit. Our automatic swing door openers work with your current lock setting in your door so securely locking your door is not an issue.
The operator works with the your door lockset via an electric strike, the electric strike releases the door lock and then the motor drives the door open. When the door closes the electric strike locks.
If you are looking for a keyless entry for your automatic door we often install handsfree sensors and phone applications that work for wheelchair access. We also have push button and swipe card options. Contact us to discuss your requirements we are sure there will be an option to suit your needs
Are they noisy?
People also ask are automatic swing door openers noisy? Our FAAC operator is the quietest operator available. It works at the lowest operating noise level in both the spring and motorised version.
Our Ditec automatic swing door openers are compliant on fire doors in apartment buildings and a compliance certificate can be issued on completion of work for strata bodies and insurance.
Can the door still open manually and can I use a key?
Yes the door will still work manually and will normally use the same lock/handle set you currently have installed. If you would like to use a key we install an electric strike in the frame and the lock-set stays the same so you will still be able to use the same key. The operator releases this mechanism when the button is pressed. It is also possible for the door to stay open and a standard install would have a 2 button remote that allows this.
What else should I look for when purchasing an operator?
There is a large range of automatic swing door operators in Australia. All can have varying levels of features and functionality.
Some things to look out for :
- Check if the operator has a battery back up in case of power failure
- If you are installing the operator on a fire door is the operator compliant. (it would have a current fire safety certificate).
- Is it energy efficient and is it the right size operator for the type of door you are automating.
Benefits of a European made operator
We sell only trusted and reliable European made operators. The FAAC Group have been in the automatic door industry for over 50 years. Ditec Entrematic for over 40 years. These are well established and known brands in Australia and Europe and have met stringent standards across the world and have been proven in their reliability.
Currently there are no brands that are manufactured entirely in Australia. Parts and operators are brought in from other countries like China and are “put together” in Australian businesses. You can compare it to food labeling. Made in Australia from local and imported ingredients. When it comes to deciding on an operator for your swing door ensure you are considering price, quality and warranties.
Automatic Swing Doors For Business
Automatic Swing Doors are important to consider in business for all consumers as people with trolleys, mothers with prams and people on foot all benefit from being able to enter your business quickly and safely. This leaves a good first impression when entering any business.
You will often see Automatic Sliding Doors at the entry of most businesses. They are a practical solution in providing quick access and maintaining energy costs by containing dispersion of cooling and heating the premises.
Automatic Swing Doors are more likely to be used where there is a single door that is needed to be automated at the front entry or internally or when installing an Automatic Disabled Toilet Door. They are often a more cost effective solution to automating doors in business as sliding doors can often be more costly to automate. We discuss automatic door costs here.
Can I replace swing doors with sliding doors?
Yes. This is sometimes the most practical and modern solution for automating the front entrance of a business. There are times where an automatic sliding door can not be installed. This can be due to the size of the doorway and space for the door leafs to slide back. If corners are in the way this can also be an issue. If this is the case it is often more affordable to automate the swing doors. To save on costs one swing door can be automated while the other remains stationary if they are double doors.
With the spread of the Corona virus across the globe it has never been more important for businesses to have contact less entry to their premises and bathrooms. Automatic Swing doors with hands free sensors are a logical way to lessen the spread of germs and viruses among staff and customers.
It may also be a legal requirement in your state to automate entry doors to your business as there is legislation regarding discrimination laws that state that difficult to open or heavy doors need to be automated to ensure equal and fair access to all who use your building or service. Disability access doors are also required to be the right width. More information on wheelchair door widths can be found on our blog. The Australian Human Rights Commission also discusses your responsibilities in regards to disabled access modifications.
Action Auto Door have a range of automatic swing door openers that can be installed on swing doors in your home or business. We install in homes and business across Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and regional centres. We are an NDIS Registered Provider and specialists in disability access doors.