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Automatic entrance doors are a common sight today but, when buying or specifying doors, numerous options need to be considered to ensure that final performance matches up to expectations. If the door is also a fire door then the provisions of BS 5588 (covering fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings) must also be met.
Sliding doors, such as Stanley Dura-Glide doors, are probably the most effective option in that they provide the most overall benefits. Users don't need to stand clear while the doors open or close regardless of the direction they approach the door. They are easiest for wheel chair users to operate and they can be made to fit almost any practical opening size. Provided the sensors are reliable and effective, they are most people's first choice. However, the one downside with sliding doors is that you need somewhere for them to slide and that space is not always available, particularly in retrofit projects.