Automatic and revolving doors can both be a good choice, depending on the type of your business. Both types help us save energy costs, improve functionality, attract customers and enhance their experience.
Deciding between the two is difficult. Apart from what these doors can offer, several other factors will affect your choice. Most importantly, you should consider if enough space is available, what your traffic requirements are, and whether or not they comply with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) in your area.
If all these factors are taken into account and you can still choose either of them, then read more about these two types below:
Revolving doors let you control the internal environment. Manual revolving doors need only a slight push making them easy to use. Children, elders, and people of all ages can easily pass through them.
On the other hand, automatic doors open by sensing physical proximity. This is what allows them to open and close at the correct time. But if you have a frequent traffic, chances are they will only be able to close half until next visitor arrives. This takes away their power of energy efficiency since they are constantly open.
Revolving doors are a good choice for colder climates as they are never really open. This helps conserve heat and will save you money on heating costs.
Since automatic doors remain open for longer, heat is let out frequently making them unsuitable for colder climates. But they are ideal for warmer climates. If you are not sure which door will be more suitable with your heating or cooling models, consult commercial door professionals.
Suitability for elders and disabled
Automatic doors win this one! They open up in an instant, do not need any push, can sense a presence, and would not close or restrict this group of people.
Revolving doors are inconvenient in this regard. They need some force to operate, no matter how small and most are not compliant with wheel chairs. Making them feasible for disabled people to use would need a much larger space.
The revolving feature can also be trouble for mentally disabled children and adults. If your business primarily serves senior citizens and/or disabled ones, you should go for an automatic door. Even if they are not your target group, an automatic door gives the impression of an open for all business.