You work hard to make sure your property is ADA compliant, and finding out that your current equipment is not up to code can be a shock to many business owners. However, working with an ADA compliant company can make all the difference so that you are familiar with the types of ADA equipment you need. When it comes to making a decision about installing a low-energy power assist/handicap operator door, get professional assistance so that you can understand the laws and which types of equipment fit your needs and budget.
What is a low energy door and why does my business need one?
Businesses that are required to be ADA compliant will need to upgrade their entrance or exit doors in order to be easily accessible to people living with certain types of disabilities. Although the name seems to imply that it is about energy-efficiency, low-energy doors mean that they do not take much effort to open. This is ideal for anyone that is not able to push or pull a door open.
Reasons the new style of door is needed
In the past, there was a problem with the low-energy power doors becoming dangerous during weather with high winds. There was also another problem related to building air pressure that affected the previous model of the low-energy doors. And some businesses did not have the width of 36” to allow for wheelchair access. Thankfully, the newer model helps control the door without the operator needing to be aggressive with the push or pull.
Low-energy operators also ensure a door closes fully for security if you have electronic locks on the door. Standard manual closers set at 5 pounds often don’t close the door all the way causing inefficiencies to your HVAC system and potential security breaches if the door needs to close and latch after
each entry and exit.
When you are ready to work with an authorized door repair company who specializes in commercial doors and knows about ADA compliant doors, contact Vortex Doors. Vortex has been family-owned since 1937 and prides themselves in having fast, friendly service, with experienced technicians that have been trained at a proprietary state-of-the-art training center. For more information on these authorized door repair, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.