Pros and Cons of Rotating Automatic Doors

Pros and Cons of Rotating Automatic Doors

Automatic doors have been around, in some form or another, for thousands of years. The first design of a door which used a pulley mechanism to automatically open for the user came from Heron of Alexandria, 2000 years ago at the beginning of the Common Era. Over the centuries we refined this technology until eventually, we ended up with the modern-day technological marvels that we enjoy as a standard part of our contemporary lives. In modern times we have electronically operated automatic doors which come in a huge variety of configurations. Among these are sliding doors, swing doors, folding doors, and revolving doors. This week we’re conducting a close examination of the latter to bring you a list of pros and cons for revolving automatic doors.

Pro: Great for insulation

Unlike folding, sliding, and swing doors, revolving doors create air-locked pockets which ventilate as the door rotates. At no point during the rotation of the door will there be a continuous open pathway between the indoors and outdoors, meaning no drafts and no nasty weather blowing inside!

Pro: Perfect for large volumes of traffic

Due to their nature, revolving doors are perfect for large crowds moving in and out of a space. With other types of automatic doors, the traffic moving in each direction could clash and form queues, unless you have dedicated doors for entry and exit. With a revolving door, the flow of people is much smoother.

Pro: Can be installed as manual if required

If needed, revolving doors can be installed as manual, not automatic. This means that as customers use the door, they will need to physically push it to revolve it and operate it. This is handy if you’d like to make some savings on installation, but does open up its own downsides, too.

Con: Requires the most space

Of all automatic doors available to install, folding doors tend to require the least space! The opposite is true for revolving doors, which need huge circular entranceways installing along with the mechanism for revolving. This whole thing needs to be big enough to support multiple people using the door in each pocket and so, these doors require significantly more space to install and operate than other options.

Con: Not very accessible

Revolving doors are not always inaccessible, but they certainly can be! People who use wheelchairs or who require support walking may not be able to keep up with the pace of the door. Although they are programmed to stop before they make contact with a customer, the result is a jerky, stop-start process of edging the door further round until the gap is open enough, which is not pleasant for the user. If you opt for a manual door this issue gets even greater, as they require significant force to revolve manually.

For all your automatic door needs, get in touch with ABC Industrial today! We weigh up the pros and cons of all of our products so you don’t have to.

Posted: 01-10-2021