Benefits, Options, and Obstacles of Sliding Doors

Sliding Doors have many benefits and options: Space savings, acoustic and smoke ratings, soft closing, self-closing, auto operators, sidelites, transoms, and endless door & hardware options. Below is a breakdown of the: Benefits, Options, and Obstacles of Sliding Doors.

1.0 ADA Sliding Door SolutionsTM Space Savings: Sliding doors requires a very small amount of floor space and can achieve American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. However, they do require an overlap, the larger the overlap the more space it requires for the opening and door leaf, which in turn requires more space and is costly. Our system uses a 6” overlap, the smallest in the industry.  We can provide a 42” clear opening out of a 48” door leaf, which is a huge saving with regards to cost and time.

 

1.1 Soft Closers: Soft closers allow the door to open and close softly, this unique feature prevents the door from slamming closed or opened. When the door is opened or closed the soft closer moves back and forth activated by a trigger arm.  Due to the door being used daily the soft closers and components have a tendency to fail as well as needing constant adjustment. Most sliding door manufacturers use soft closers with a 200-pound weight capacity and a 100,000-test cycle. They have a spring/piston/damper, small plastic trigger to activate the damper, tiny plastic wheels secured with a pin, 5/16 bolt with a small brass nut, and a rubber washer that attaches to undersized brackets on the door. All of which has to be assembled in the field to the exact specification of design and has to perform while carrying a door that weighs between 175-200 pounds. In addition, if the soft closer needs maintenance the door, valance, and all components must be disassembled, reassembled and the door re-installed. This maintenance requires two people and is very costly. When a soft-closer fails in the field it is a very dangerous situation for all users as the door will slam.

ADA Sliding Door SolutionsTM Soft Closers: Our system has independent soft closers built into the head of the track secured by anti-vibration nuts and bolts, two 4” aluminum roller carriages with four 1 1/4” pressed ball bearing nylon wheels, and a ½” built-in trigger arm and custom heavy-duty brackets. The soft closers, rollers, and brackets can stand up to daily use and can carry up to a 300-pound load capacity per door, and are cycle tested for more than 150,000 cycles. The soft closer is removable without removing the door. To replace the soft closer just remove the end caps, valance, and two screws and replace them, it is that easy. This feature is a huge cost saving for installation and maintenance and our system installs in less than half the time of other manufactures. All of our MedicalSlideTM, CommercialSlideTM & RecessedSlideTM Systems come standard with pre-drilled & pre-assembled tracks, set within ½” of the specified clear opening, active safety features, and independent removable soft closers. These options are not available by any other manufacture.

 

1.3 Rollers: For most manufacturers, the soft closer has rollers that attach to it with a 5/16 bolt, small brass nut, rubber washer, and attach to a small bracket that attaches to the door. The soft closer, rollers, and brackets move the door to the open and close positions. These small plastic wheels have a pin through them and secure into a plastic housing, all of which must be assembled in the field by the installer. This is a very timely and costly matter which often leads to mistakes. The soft closers/rollers only have a 200-pound weight capacity and a 100,000-test cycle. Due to the weight of the door and use, the systems have various failures and need constant maintenance.

ADA Sliding Door SolutionsTM Rollers: Our system uses two individual 4” aluminum roller carriages with four 1 1/4” pressed ball bearing nylon wheels with a ½” built-in trigger arm. The roller carriage attaches to a heavy-duty bracket with 3/8 anti-vibration nuts & bolts and can stand up to the daily use and abuse. Our soft closers, rollers, and brackets can carry up to a 300-pound load capacity per door and are cycle tested for more than 150,000 cycles. All of our MedicalSlideTM, CommercialSlideTM & RecessedSlideTM Systems come standard with pre-drilled & pre-assembled tracks, set within ½” of the specified clear opening, include active safety features, independent removable soft closers, and ball bearing rollers. These options are not available by any other manufacture.

 

1.4 Trigger Arm: For most manufacturers, the trigger arm is a separate part and is a 1/4”– 3/8” wide piece of plastic or metal that is installed in the track in a certain position to trigger the soft closer.  Secured by a set screw some included a small plastic doorstop with tiny bumpers. All of which is assembled in the field by the installer, this is a timely and costly procedure and often leads to issues with the operation and function of the system. This is especially important because if it is not installed correctly or fails the door will slam.

ADA Sliding Door SolutionsTM Trigger Arm: Our trigger arm is aluminum and built into the roller assembly eliminating additional parts. With a ½” trigger on the trigger arm and the soft closer and a separate individual doorstop, this ensures a smooth and quiet operation. All trigger arms are pre-assembled into the track and set within ½” of the specified opening. All of our MedicalSlideTM, CommercialSlideTM & RecessedSlideTM Systems come standard with pre-drilled & pre-assembled tracks, set within ½” of the specified clear opening, active safety features independent removable soft closers, and ball bearing rollers with a built-in trigger arm. These options are not available by any other manufacture.

 

1.5 Doorstop: The doorstop is used to stop the door after the soft closer has completed its cycle and prevents the door from slamming. Most manufacturers use doorstops made of a 3/4″–1” plastic with inadequate bumpers and are secured by small set screws.  Knowing doors range from 175-300 pounds this is another dangerous situation for all users when this fails the door slams, bends the end caps, and can come off the track.

ADA Sliding Door SolutionsTM Doorstops: Our door stops and is made from a 4” aluminum block with two 1/4” bolts secured into the head of the track. In addition to the aluminum style, we have an EPDM/40 durometer (rubber) doorstop that will absorb any impact and is secured into the side of the track with one adjustable and two securing screws. All of our MedicalSlideTM, CommercialSlideTM & RecessedSlideTM Systems come standard with pre-drilled & pre-assembled tracks, set within ½” of the specified clear opening, active safety features, independent removable soft closers, ball bearing rollers with built-in trigger arms, and doorstops. These options are not available by any other manufacture.

 

1.6 Brackets: The brackets attach the door to the rollers or in most cases to the soft closer with plastic wheels.  Most manufactures are using a four-hole 1” – 1 3/8” bracket that must be centered and secured into the top of the door by the installer. It is imperative that the brackets are in the exact specified location set by the manufacture otherwise the installer will not be able to adjust the door correctly and the door will not function as intended.   

ADA Sliding Door SolutionsTM Brackets: Our engineers and designers took all of this into consideration as well as the thickness of the door when designing this crucial part of our system. The end result is a six-hole 6” x 1 3/4” custom heavy-duty bracket that matches the thickness of the door. The installer no longer has to measure and center the bracket on the door. We added two additional holes to the bracket to secure the door and handle the weight.  All of our MedicalSlideTM, CommercialSlideTM & RecessedSlideTM Systems come standard with pre-drilled & pre-assembled tracks, set within ½” of the specified clear opening, active safety features, independent removable soft closers, ball bearing rollers with built-in trigger arms, door stops, and brackets. These options are not available by any other manufacture.

 

1.7 ADA Sliding Door SolutionsTM Active Safety Features: An active safety feature is a safety feature that is active all the time. Our system has a shear pin installed at both ends of the track so that the door can never come off the track. This is the last item installed in the pre-assembled track at the factory prior to packaging and voids warranty if removed and not replaced by others.  All of our MedicalSlideTM, CommercialSlideTM & RecessedSlideTM Systems come standard with pre-drilled & pre-Assembled tracks, set within ½” of the specified clear opening, active safety features, independent removable soft closers, ball bearing rollers with built-in trigger arms, and doorstop. These options are not available by any other manufacture.

 

1.8 ADA Sliding Door SolutionsTM Pre-Assembled Track: ADA Sliding Door Solutions MedicalSlideTM, CommercialSlideTM & RecessedSlideTM are the only sliding door systems that are pre-drilled, pre-assembled track factory set within ½” of the specified clear opening. This option is not available by any other manufacture.