8 Reasons To Choose Automatic Doors

While automatic doors have become more or less the status quo, there are still several business owners who have yet to take the plunge. Reasons for not updating from traditional push doors include fear of costly maintenance and installation fees, or simply not seeing them as a necessity. However, with the return you receive in the form of customer satisfaction, convenience and even monetarily, they’re well worth the effort to install.

Benefits of Automatic Doors

There are so many great benefits you receive from automatic doors, that even the most skeptical business owner shouldn’t dismiss the prospect of installation too quickly.

Cost Benefits

Energy Efficiency

With doors that open and close automatically you’re not in danger of them being left open allowing precious heating or a/c to escape.

Low Cost Installation Options

You don’t always have to replace an entire door if you’re trying to install the automatic open and close feature. There are many lower cost options allowing you to modify you existing doors making them automatic.

Ease of Access and Compliance

ADA Compliance

Installing automatic doors ensures that you’ll be in compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act. Just be sure you’re following protocol during the initial installation.

Convenience

Customers appreciate a merchant who is easy to do business with and this extends to the accessibility of your facility. If you’ve got heavy doors that are a nuisance to your older patrons, as an example, chances are they’re going to find someone else to do their shopping with.

Overall Customer Preference

Recent surveys have shown that customers actually prefer an automatic door and wish they were installed in more places other than main entrances. This is especially beneficial for medical facilities or those where customers are shopping in very large spaces, like a warehouse.

Other Benefits of Automatic Doors

Wide Variety

Sliding doors come in several options, so choosing the best for your business will be a breeze. With space saving varieties and doors with superior aesthetic value available, you’re sure to find the perfect fit.

Low Maintenance

Just like with your standard manually operated door, automatic doors will be low maintenance and stay in working order for long periods of time if you perform regular maintenance checks. In this way, automatic doors are no different than any other piece of equipment in your building.

Safety

Automatic doors provide a higher level of safety than traditional push doors. Certain models are able to lock remotely in case of an emergency keeping staff and patrons out of harm’s way more quickly.

If you’re looking for the best automatic door for your Boston area business, contact Kenny’s Lock for the expert’s opinion.

Decorative Residential Locks

Our homes’ doors and locks need to serve two purposes: provide safety and add to our home aesthetically. Commercial buildings have it a bit easier, mostly focusing on the practical issues when purchasing door locks, but when it comes to our homes, they not only need to keep intruders out but must also be appealing to the eye. Here are a few options to consider when choosing your new decorative residential locks.

Keyed Handle Set

Handle sets add a regal look to your entry way. With a handle, thumb operated latch, and matching deadbolt, this particular variety of decorative locking system not only looks polished but also offers a single or double cylinder deadbolt option to up your home’s security. Many manufacturers offer “dummy” sets for French doors to ensure both sides are perfectly matched.

Electronic Door Locks

An electronic lock or smartphone operated lock adds a greater level of security, convenience and value to your home. Many different manufacturers have a variety of faceplates to choose from to match the style of your home. This way you won’t have to worry about being stuck with a futuristic looking faceplate if you live in a traditional house.

Passage Door Lock

This type of lockset is best used for interior doors, or doors leading into a secure area such as your backyard or patio, as they only lock from a single side or not at all. They look like standard door knobs but come in many different finishes, making them virtually customizable to any design scheme.

Using this lockset on non-main entry doors (think back, side and patio doors) provides an added security benefit. Since they require a key to unlock, there’s no chance of an intruder breaking a window, reaching in and simply turning the locking mechanism to gain entry.

Additional Security Hardware

If you’ve found the perfect lockset to compliment your design preferences but feel like you need additional security measures, consider having a professional locksmith install extra hardware, such as:

• Night latch – secures the door from the inside only
• Door viewer – a standard peephole
• Door jam security hardware – designed to strengthen vulnerable areas of the door jam to help withstand applied force such as kicking

There are different grades of locking mechanisms for all the doors in your home. Once you’ve chosen the perfect look, check with your local Boston area locksmith about your options to feel more secure in your home.

 

Top Automatic Doors for Boston Businesses

Top automatic doors for boston businessesAs consumers, many of us take automatic doors and the large variety available for granted. As a business owner, that’s exactly what you want for your customer! The less of a nuisance your entry points are, the better. When choosing an automatic door for your Boston area business, there are multiple factors to consider.

ADA Compliance

Brick and mortars throughout the United States need to be sure they follow the guidelines laid out by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA helps business owners properly ensure accessibility to all applicable areas of their business for anyone with a disability. This includes what type of automatic door you install.

Not all automatic doors are best suited for every entrance or doorway so choosing an automatic door that’s ADA compliant takes a bit of planning. Whether you choose a folding door, a swinging door or a sliding door will depend greatly on the surrounding areas around the door opening. Choose incorrectly and you could be faced with a possible ADA compliancy issue.

Benefits of Automatic Doors

In addition to providing ease of access, automatic doors deliver many great benefits to your business. Did you know that nearly 90% of consumers have expressed a preference toward automatic doors, as opposed to the garden variety manual doors? This is because when businesses go out of their way to increase their customers’ comfortability, the consumer feels appreciated and has an overall better in-store experience.

Beyond customer satisfaction, automatic doors provide greater security. Automatic doors regularly have remote locking mechanisms. Remote locking mechanisms help you secure your building in case of incident more quickly than a manual door, which would require you to physically be by the entrance to lock up. This is especially beneficial for facilities that may require a quick lockdown such as hospitals, schools, daycares and financial institutions.

Top Automatic Doors

As previously mentioned, the type of automatic door and door opening mechanisms you choose will depend on where they’re being installed. But generally speaking, there are a few varieties and manufacturers that are home runs all around.

Top Manufacturers

The following brands have remained consistent throughout the years as having delivered top notch doors, hardware, and the latest technology to consumers. As professional locksmiths, we highly recommend these companies if you’re shopping for automatic doors and door openers. 

  • LCN
  • RECORD
  • Norton

Types of Automatic Doors

The best type of automatic door for you depends on needs and preferences. Below are types of automatic doors used for different purposes.

  • Sliding – most common variety
  • Folding – if you’re short on space, folding doors are a terrific option
  • Swinging – great if you want to create directional traffic 
  • Revolving – energy savers, but not always ADA compliant

Before committing to any automatic door strategy, you should speak with a professional to be sure you’re choosing the best option for your particular situation. Kenny’s Lock Inc. are professional locksmiths with a wealth of knowledge on the subject of automatic doors. If you’re in the Boston area and considering an installation, give Kenny’s Lock Inc. a call!

Automatic Door Maintenance Tips

automatic door maintenance tipsOne of the main responsibilities of a business owner is to routinely inspect their building for maintenance needs. Ensuring light bulbs aren’t burnt out and bathrooms are operating correctly are basic checklist items, but door maintenance is often left off the list. We figure that if you can get in and out of the building with ease, everything must be running smoothly, right? 

This is not always the case, especially with automatic doors.Consider the possible ramifications of a malfunctioning automatic door at your commercial business. Perhaps it doesn’t allow people to easily exit creating a fire hazard or motion sensors go out causing you to become ADA non-compliant

We’ve put together some basic checklist items and a suggested maintenance schedule to help you keep your automatic doors in tip top shape, avoiding any large expenses or potential issues down the road. 

Automatic Door Maintenance Checklist

There are several checkpoints that don’t immediately come to mind when inspecting your automatic doors. Here’s a comprehensive list to get you on the right track:

  • Are door sensors operating at the proper range? If they’re activating too late you run the risk of individuals becoming injured, especially by a swinging door.
  • Check for obstructions on either side of the door—keep doors free of snow and ice in the winter
  • Pay attention to possible tripping hazards ex: lifted door insulation strips
  • Inspect door panels for cracked or broken glass
  • Ensure all doors operated by the buildings fire system are functioning properly
  • Assess functionality of all automatic door openers

If you find that any of these items are malfunctioning or creating a potential hazard, either shutoff the equipment or direct traffic through an alternate entrance. 

Automatic Door Maintenance Schedule

A business owner or store manager should check these items on a weekly basis. Keeping a log, recording issues or concerns, will help you to not only keep up with your maintenance schedule but will also help gauge how often the same problem is occurring. If you realize that you’re routinely finding, for example, cracks in glass or that your sensors malfunction on a regular basis you’ll be able to come up with more lasting solutions. It’s quite possible that it’s not the quality of the door but that you’ve chosen an automatic door option that isn’t best for the door’s location and requires a different type of automatic door.

Every six months, have a certified professional check your automatic doors. You may want to have someone come in more often if your doors get snow and ice build up in the winter. While anyone will be able to do a spot check for obvious issues, a professional will be able to inspect your doors with an experienced eye and may find less obvious problems that could potentially become catastrophic. If you’d like more information on automatic doors for your Boston business, contact Kenny’s Lock for more information.

Automatic Doors and ADA Compliance

ada compliance with automatic doorsAlong with owning a business comes many responsibilities. One of the most important, and often overlooked, is being sure your facility follows the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance measures. It’s easy to let these details fall by the wayside, particularly if you’re leasing space. The assumption is that the builder would have followed ADA guidelines from the get go, but unfortunately this is not always the case.

How can you be sure you’re compliant with these government mandated requirements? There are different rules for every area of a given structure, but let’s focus on one area where you can make an immediate difference, your doors.

ADA Door Accessibility Requirements

According to ADATA.Org, private and public facilities must have at least one door providing accessibility at these locations:

  • Each accessible entrance (at least 60% of public entrances in newly built facilities must be accessible to individuals who use wheelchairs or have mobility impairments).
  • Each tenant space in a mall or other building with multiple business tenants.
  • Accessible rooms and spaces within buildings.
  • Entrances to buildings from all parking structures, tunnels or elevated walkways.
  • At least one restricted or secured entrance (if applicable).
  • Along each building’s required route of escape or evacuation.
  • Public entrances serving different fixed routes within transit facilities.

When gauging your business for ADA compliance, double check these common problem areas:

  • Clear door width of 32 inches (clear width is measured between the face of the door itself and the opposite stop.)
  • Hardware must require 5lbs of force or less to operate, be operable with one hand and not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist
  • Thresholds must not exceed ½ inch
  • Ample maneuvering space which varies depending on door type and direction of approach.

Door Options

There are many different types of doors but not all of them are well suited for ADA compliance. For instance, revolving doors are energy efficient and add a nice look to your storefront, but may be difficult to operate for someone in a wheelchair.

The safest bet, although not required by the ADA, is to go with an automatic door system. Automatic doors are ideal since they require little to no effort to open. Motion activated doors provide the most convenience. Just be sure that if you choose an automatic swinging door (as opposed to a sliding or folding version) that the door swings away from the person activating it

You also have the option of adding an automatic door opener. Placing a manually operated door opener near a side-hinging door makes a big difference for handicapped individuals and takes you a step further toward being ADA compliant.
It’s not only customers with physical limitations that appreciate the added convenience of automatic doors. For an average individual, trying to access a traditional door while pushing a stroller and carrying shopping bags can be quite frustrating. Automatic doors help ensure all of your customers will enjoy a hassle free shopping experience.

For more information on automatic door installation in the Boston area, contact Kenny’s Lock.