Automatic Doors: The Benefits and Why They Matter

Automatic Doors: The Benefits and Why They Matter

Automatic doors are the norm in most commercial buildings. Imagine having to walk out of a grocery store with a cart full of food without doors that open automatically! Unless the store was fancy enough to have a doorman, you’d have to bring someone along every time you went shopping. 

Automatic doors have evolved over the years to suit different purposes and needs depending on the building. For example, a revolving door might suit buildings with high foot traffic that isn’t carrying bulky items whereas sliding doors are perfect for the grocery store situation described above.

In this post, we’ll explore the types of commercial automatic doors, how they work, and their benefits!

Types of Automatic Doors:

While sliding doors and revolving doors are the ones most people have heard of, there are a few other types of automatic doors that are used commercially as well:

  • Single Sliding: A door with a single sliding panel
  • Dual Sliding: A door with two sliding panels
  • Folding: Doors that fold inward or outward
  • Swinging: Doors that swing inward or outward
  • Surface Mount: Doors mounted on a wall or door frame

How Do Commercial Automatic Entry Doors Work?

Commercial automatic entry and exit doors use different types of sensors to detect when the door needs to be opened.  Once triggered, the sensors send a cue to activate the door’s opening mechanism. Some types of sensors may need manual intervention to send the cue to open the door like a key fob or biometric ID system. Other sensors are typically triggered by pressure (or weight), temperature, or motion. Motion-detecting sensors are the most common types of sensors used in commercial buildings today.

Benefits of Automatic Doors

Automatic commercial doors offer plenty of benefits to commercial establishments, apart from convenience. A few benefits include:

1. Accessibility:

Automatic doors open, well, automatically. Basically, one doesn’t need to use their hands to open them which makes it easy for those carrying bags or pushing a baby carriage or a trolley. Automatic doors also help those with physical disabilities to access a building easily. The ease of access means clients feel instantly welcome.

2. Hygiene:

Since automatic doors are hands-free, they save your customers the trouble of fishing out a sanitizer whenever they enter your establishment. This also helps reduce the spread of germs through contact. Automatic airtight doors can also help maintain controlled environments where temperature and hygiene are crucial – like in hospital operating theatres or food storage warehouses for example. Airtight doors also keep dust, debris, and insects at bay.

3. Energy Saving:

Whether you live in an area that requires air-conditioning or heating most of the time, there’s no denying the fact that controlling the temperature of a commercial space can make up a large part of your energy bill. Automatic doors ensure that there is no loss of cool or warm air because of doors being left open. 

4. Security:

Automatic doors can be controlled remotely, which means they can be left open in case of an emergency when the property needs to be evacuated or completely locked to prevent people from entering. They can also be equipped with access control features for added security measures. These features can help manage security efficiently in a building. 


Automatic doors are also easy to install and maintain when you have experts at hand. At Commercial Door LLC, we have a dedicated team of AAADM-certified technicians offering 24/7 commercial door repair and installation services in the Oklahoma City, Norman, Moore, and Tulsa, OK areas.  Get in touch with us to discuss your needs or to get a free estimate today.