If you're in the middle of construction or renovations on your commercial property, one of the things you need to decide is what types of entry doors your building will be fitted with. There are many different options depending on what your priorities are. Before you jump into installing the same thing that was there before, here are a few different door styles that you might want to consider.
If you're less concerned about appearances and more concerned about durability, you may want to invest in sturdy doors, like corrosion-resistant solid metal doors. They are heavy, difficult to penetrate, easy to keep clean, and they have a long lifespan. That means you'll only have to make the investment once in most cases. The doors won't suffer damage or leave your property vulnerable the way that some can.
If you prefer to go traditional with automatic doors on the front of your building, you'll have to decide what style you prefer. There are a few different ones to consider.
Sliding doors are a common choice and are found in many commercial properties. With automatic sliding doors, your customers won't have to touch the door at all when they come in. The doors are built so that, whether it's one door panel or two, they slide into an opening on the other side of the door frame. If there are two door panels, they'll actually slide away from each other. Installed with a motion sensor, they only open when someone crosses in front of the door.
Telescoping doors open a little bit differently. They fold up into small panels as they open, creating an accordion-like effect. They're great for areas where space is tight, such as small doorways. If you have narrow doorways and you want them to appear larger or you want to maximize that space, this may be the way to go.
Swinging doors are the ones where the door swings either out or in. You can opt for a single or double swinging door. For properties that are focusing on disability access, double swinging doors with button controls are a great investment. The button controls will make it easy for those with disabilities, and the double swinging doors provide plenty of space to easily get into or out of the building, even if the customer is navigating a wheelchair.
The other thing you need to consider is how much glass you want on your doors and what types of glass panels those will be. The more glass you have on your doors, the more natural light you'll have inside your business. It also optimizes your storefront marketing, because foot traffic is more likely to come in when they can clearly see what you have inside.
However, the more glass your doors have, the more vulnerable they are. Not only are they vulnerable to intrusion, they're also vulnerable to weather. Severe storms can shatter glass if it's not protected.
Talk with your commercial door contractor about getting impact-resistant glass for your doors so that you can reap the benefits of the glass without the fear of it shattering. Impact-resistant glass is safer, because it features two panes of glass with a layer of laminated film between them. The film helps to reinforce the glass and keep it from shattering. For extra protection, you can even get insulated versions of this glass, which comes with three glass panes and layers of an insulating gas between them along with the laminate.
As you can see, there are several things to consider when you're choosing your commercial doors. Talk with your door contractor today to see what will be the best fit for your business.