Small businesses are frequently under very tight budgets. Regardless of how much money a small business has to work with, the enterprise still must comply with regulation. Thankfully, there are ways to make an entrance door compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards without paying for a completely new door.
Ensure the door has a clear opening of 32 inches at a 90 degree angle when opened. The measurements here are based on the distance between the face of the door and the opposite stop. Generally, if the door is not able to open to the specified length, then likely there is an obstruction in the interior or at the exterior of the entranceway. Rather than eliminating the door, clearing out the obstructions in the entranceway can address the problem.
ADA statutes refers to anything that can create a problem with an entranceway as an architectural barrier. If a new door is installed and the architectural barrier remains, then the problems has not been solved. Worse yet, the cost of buying a new door was for naught.
Sidewalks and Steps
In certain cases, the problem is not with the door but, rather, with sidewalks or steps. Redoing the sidewalk in front of the entrance so it has been lowered or rebuilding the steps to be better accessible can be viable solutions. While there is some cost involved, the need to replace a highly expensive security door does not have to be part of the equation.
The door itself might pose certain problems, but these problems can sometimes be fixed with minor modifications. For example, a new doorknob or door press can be installed to make the entranceway ADA compliant. Connecting the door to an automated opening system could be another plan of action to follow. Quite a number of automatic opening systems are fully compatible with most modern doors so the door itself likely will not have to be replaced.
When in doubt, having an informal ADA audit performed is recommended. This way, both problems and solutions can be revealed and an entranceway door can be brought in compliance with ADA rules.
For more information about ADA requirements and for assistance with keeping your door up to ADA standards, contact Vortex Doors or give us a call at 800-698-6783.