Doors and ADA Compliance

automatic_doorsAll businesses understand the need for compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and have done all they can since the law went into affect years ago. But, it’s always a good reminder what’s needed in terms of doors when it comes to making it easy for disabled Americans to enter and exit your business.

Literally, Open Your Doors for Everyone

Disabled Americans make up $1 trillion in terms of annual income. That is trillion and that’s not a typo. It benefits business owners to make it easier for those who might have trouble opening those doors. The basic guidelines are as follows:

  • At least 60% of public entrances in newly built facilities must be accessible to individuals who use wheelchairs or have mobility impairments.
  • 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.

It’s important to note that automatic doors are not a requirement but are certainly suggested. Why not make it easier, right?

Other things to consider are the height of the threshold (can’t be higher than ½ inch, but there are exceptions with existing doors) and maneuvering space. This is different for the many different types of doors you can install.

Closing speed is also VERY important. Doors with closers should take at least 5 seconds while doors with spring hinges should take at least 1.5 seconds to close from the open position. Closing times for automatic doors vary depending on the type of door.

You can learn more by visiting and you can contact our Norm’s Automatic and Entry Doors Systems Division. Everyone on our team meets the training and performance criteria of AADM, DOT, and OSHA, receive background and drug screenings, and adhere to a strict company safety program. Learn more about automatic doors for your business by clicking here.