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Most facilities, regardless of the nature of their product line, have a number of hollow metal doors in their facility. These doors can become when in disrepair a security risk, a source of heating/cooling loss, or an entryway for vermin. A “hollow metal” door can best be understood as a “Pedestrian” or “Man” door, an opening in which only people pass through. Our doors can satisfy any size, type, or configuration of a “Pedestrian” door, with a huge range of hardware, locking mechanisms, and access controls. Whether your needs are a standard, galvanized, stainless steel, or fire-rated, Let your Hobbs Equipment Consultant provide a comprehensive quotation to fit both your facility needs and budget.
What are Pedestrian Doors?
Pedestrian doors, also known as “walk-through doors” or “access doors” act as entry and exit points for different environments. These industrial doors are specially designed to allow people access to buildings, transportation hubs, and different public spaces. Pedestrian doors differ from vehicle doors or gates as they are scaled to human size. The different scaling provides the most efficient method for allowing humans to transition between areas. Pedestrian doors come in many different styles, which could include: swinging, sliding, and even revolving doors. The style of the pedestrian door ultimately depends on the specific needs and architecture style of the area.
Importance of Pedestrian Doors
While pedestrian doors may seem like an oversight, these doors do serve many different essential purposes.
- Accessibility – One of the most important functions of these doors is to allow easy access to those entering the spaces the doors are placed. This obviously includes those with disabilities, so it is important that a designer uses an effective pedestrian door.
- Security – A lot of pedestrian doors offer the option to include an access control system. The access control system could be a key card reader, biometric scanner, or keypad entry. This feature ultimately enhances the security of the area by regulating who is able to enter. The security feature of these doors is particularly helpful for government buildings, corporate offices, healthcare facilities, and even school buildings.
- Safety – This purpose goes hand in hand with security. By regulating who is allowed to enter, this will help deter potential threats or unwanted intruders. The pedestrian doors could also act as a barrier against environmental factors like rain, wind, and noise.
- Energy Efficiency – In today’s day and age, it is vital for a building to be energy efficient. By incorporating a well-designed pedestrian door, the building is able to minimize drafts, prevent air leakage, and maintain stable indoor temperatures which helps reduce heating and cooling costs. Even the automated doors are able to be programmed to open and close when necessary, which obviously conserves energy.
- Aesthetic Appeal – While the door of a building may not seem very important, they are actually a prominent feature to the building’s facade and even their interior design. The pedestrian door could enhance a building’s visual appeal and its architectural style.
- Regulatory Compliance – Believe it or not, but many building codes and industries have a mandate for the specific type of pedestrian doors in order to meet safety and accessibility requirements. It is essential to follow these regulations in order to avoid any legal issues and conserve public safety.
Types of Pedestrian Doors We Offer
There are many different pedestrian doors offered here at Hobbs Dock & Door. We offer an astounding 17 different types of pedestrian doors.
Corrosion Resistant Doors
Corrosion resistant doors are built using materials and finishes that are resistant to moisture and are extremely resistant to corrosive chemicals.
Hollow Metal Doors
Hollow metal doors are made with metal (surprise, surprise) which are usually reinforced with stainless-steel doors. These doors are made of steel sheets, which are encased in insulation material.
A galvanized door is typically used as access to a basement or underground areas. These doors are made with carbon steel after it is coated with zinc on two sides, made by the hot-dip process.
A fire-rated door is designed with material that is able to stop a fire from spreading for a specific amount of time. Of course the doors must be tested by performing checks for the doors in order to be in compliance and a record of annual testing.
Stainable Steel Doors
If you are looking for the quality of a steel door combined with the style of a wood door, this is for you. The steel doors are stained with an oak wood grain surface.
Stile & Rail Entrance
A stile and rail door combines horizontal rails and vertical stiles, which in between has panels. After combining the two, the door will have an illusion of a single piece of wood.
Security doors are also known as warehouse doors or man doors as they offer a higher level of security compared to other pedestrian doors. These doors also help add energy-saving installation to the building as well.
Electrified pedestrian doors are similar to security doors, except they have the added feature of having electric strikes at the latching point of the doors. These strikes will require a power supply which holds the latch until the release system is activated.
Lead Lined Doors
Lead lined doors are commonly found used in airports, medical settings, and other industrial applications. These doors protect individuals against the transmission of harmful radiation.
Water Resistant Doors
Water resistant doors are typically manufactured by using aluminum or steel, it ultimately depends on the individual’s needs.
Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester Doors
A fiberglass reinforced polyester door (FRP) has the ability to be created in any shape or size to fit your needs. The doors are completely sealed, solid construction, and are resistant to a broad range of elements. This could include moisture, chemicals, gases, salt, and micro-organisms.
Thermal Break Doors
Thermal break doors are created by having material of low thermal conductivity placed between the door’s conductive materials, which will prevent energy transfer.
Similar to fire doors, smoke-tech doors are used to stop smoke from spreading. These doors will provide the occupants with a non-toxic route out of the building. It is important to note that a smoke-tech door is not a substitute for a fire-door.
Bullet Resistant Doors
Bulls resistant doors are created with a few different cores, but the most common are stiffened steel, honeycomb, and polystyrene.
Blast Resistant Doors
Blast resistant doors are constructed with thick steel, and will also feature the ability to withstand high pound-force per square inch. Blast resistant doors would be categorized on how much psi is able to be withstood.
Sound-Tech Acoustical Doors
Sound-Tech Acoustical Doors are designed to minimize sound transmission and provide noise control in various settings. They come in different styles, with advanced sealing mechanisms to achieve high Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings. Common applications include recording studios, theaters, commercial buildings, hospitals, and educational institutions, where they ensure sound isolation for privacy, productivity, and acoustic comfort, making them essential for environments where noise control is paramount.
Behavior Healthcare Patient Room Doors
Behavioral healthcare patient room doors are specialized to enhance safety and security in mental health facilities and hospitals. Engineered with features such as anti-ligature hardware, impact resistance, and visibility panels, these doors are employed in settings where patients may exhibit challenging behaviors, pose self-harm risks, or require specialized care. They find applications in psychiatric hospitals, emergency departments, correctional facilities, residential treatment centers, and units catering to geriatric and pediatric patients, ensuring secure environments while prioritizing patient welfare in challenging behavioral health contexts.
Pros and Cons of Pedestrian Doors
Pros of Pedestrian Doors
Pedestrian doors, which are typically used for entry and exit in buildings, offer several advantages:
- Convenience: Pedestrian doors offer ease of entry and exit, providing a convenient and user-friendly experience for building occupants and visitors.
- Energy Efficiency: These doors contribute to energy efficiency by maintaining indoor temperatures through tight seals and insulation, leading to potential energy cost savings.
- Security: Equipped with secure locking systems and access controls, pedestrian doors enhance building security by regulating access and preventing unauthorized entry.
- Accessibility: Designed to meet accessibility standards, these doors facilitate easy access for individuals with disabilities or limited mobility, promoting inclusivity.
- Aesthetics: Pedestrian doors come in various styles and materials, allowing for customization that aligns with a building’s architectural design, enhancing overall aesthetics.
- Safety: Many pedestrian doors incorporate safety features such as obstruction sensors and anti-pinch mechanisms, ensuring user safety during operation.
These advantages make pedestrian doors an essential and versatile component of building design, contributing to accessibility, security, and overall user satisfaction.
Cons of Pedestrian Doors
Here are six major areas of potential drawbacks or cons associated with pedestrian doors:
- Maintenance: Pedestrian doors, especially automatic or sliding types, may require regular maintenance to ensure proper functionality. Neglecting maintenance can lead to breakdowns and increased repair costs.
- Initial Cost: High-quality pedestrian doors, particularly those with advanced features and security systems, can have a relatively high initial purchase and installation cost compared to standard doors.
- Complexity: Automatic or electronic pedestrian doors may have complex components that can be challenging to troubleshoot and repair, requiring specialized technicians.
- Accessibility Challenges: In certain situations, such as power outages or emergencies, electronic pedestrian doors can pose accessibility challenges, hindering entry or exit.
- Privacy Concerns: Pedestrian doors with large windows or visibility panels may compromise privacy in certain settings, necessitating additional window coverings or privacy solutions.
- Potential for Malfunctions: While pedestrian doors are designed for convenience, automatic doors, in particular, can experience malfunctions, such as sensor errors or motor issues, which can disrupt normal operation.
These potential drawbacks highlight the importance of proper maintenance, cost considerations, and addressing privacy and accessibility concerns when selecting and installing pedestrian doors in a building.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Pedestrian Doors
What are the Dimensions of Pedestrian Doors?
While pedestrian doors can vary depending on the needs of the individual, they typically are around 32 inches wide by 78 inches high.
What is a Door within a Door called?
A “door within a door” is typically referred to as a “dutch door” or “stable door.” Dutch doors are divided horizontally into two separate halves, allowing the top half to be opened independently of the bottom half. This design provides the flexibility of partially opening the door while keeping the bottom half closed, which can be useful for purposes like ventilation, interaction with visitors while maintaining security, or simply enjoying a view. Dutch doors are often used in residential settings, barns, and some commercial or hospitality establishments.
Is the Walk-through Garage Door the same as the Pedestrian Door?
No, a walk-through garage door and a pedestrian door are not the same, although they serve similar purposes of providing access to a garage or other areas.
- Walk-through Garage Door: This type of garage door has a pedestrian door built into it. It allows you to open a smaller portion of the garage door, often equipped with its own handle and locking mechanism, to access the garage without fully opening the entire garage door. Walk-through garage doors are convenient for quick entry and exit without the need to raise the entire garage door, especially when it’s not necessary.
- Pedestrian Door: A pedestrian door, also known as a pedestrian access door or simply a door, is a separate, standalone door designed specifically for pedestrian entry and exit. It is typically located near or within the garage structure but is not integrated with the larger garage door. Pedestrian doors are similar to regular entry doors in terms of design and function and are primarily used for convenience and accessibility.
In summary, pedestrian doors are integral to building design, providing convenience, security, and accessibility. While there are potential maintenance and cost considerations, their value in enhancing functionality and aesthetics is undeniable, ensuring smooth and safe transitions within spaces. If you are in need of a pedestrian door, we are able here at Hobbs Dock & Door to meet every need you could imagine. So, call us today for a free quote, and get your project started!
Other Industrial Door Types We Offer
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