What You Should Know About Rolling Doors with Built-In Pedestrian Doors

Do you own a commercial facility? Do you want to add a pedestrian door to your property but have limited space? Our team of experts has compiled information to help you determine whether a pass door may or may not be the right choice for you, as well as considerations that go in to properly maintaining one.

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What’s A Pass Door?

Traditional pedestrian doors are located to the side of the main rolling door. However, facilities with limited space or structural limitations may be unable to accommodate this type of door. That’s where pass doors come into play. Unlike traditional pedestrian doors, pass doors are built directly into the rolling door itself. They function separately from the main rolling door and don’t take up any additional wall or floor space.

4 Advantages of Pass Doors

Here are four potential benefits of facilities with a pass door:

  1. Conserve energy. A well-insulated pass door can potentially save you money on your energy bills. This is because you’ll be able to enter and exit your facility without having to open the entire overhead door, preventing hot and cold air from entering or escaping.

  2. Reduce wear and tear. A pass door allows you to conveniently enter and exit your facility without having to open and close your entire rolling door. This saves life cycles on your door opener and reduces wear and tear on your overhead door’s internal mechanisms, potentially reducing the cost of maintenance and repairs.

  3. Reliable access. Rolling doors require a stable power source to open and close. However, pass doors rely on manual operation and therefore provide fast and easy access to your facility, even in the event of a power failure. In addition, waiting for a rolling door to open in an emergency could be the difference between life and death. Therefore, having a separate pedestrian egress can be an important safety feature.

  4. Increased privacy and security. If you store valuables inside your facility, having a pass door allows you to keep your main rolling door closed, thereby keeping the contents inside your property less exposed to passersby. In addition, unlike standard pedestrian doors, pass doors open outward. This feature makes them much more difficult to break into from the outside.

Additionally, you can equip your pass door with multiple accessories, such as panic bars and hydraulic door closers to increase the safety and security of your business.

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Are There Any Downsides to Having A Pass Door?

One of the biggest downsides to pass doors is that they can be quite expensive to install. This is because they require a special safety system known as a current-cutter. This prevents the rolling door from opening if the pass door isn’t completely closed. Without it, your rolling door could suffer major damage if the pass door is left open.

In addition, pass doors can’t be installed on just any size of rolling door. They require a minimum width of 2.5 metres. The same goes for the design of the rolling door. For example, if your overhead door has an embossed design, it could throw off the placement of the pass door.

Furthermore, to preserve the structural integrity of the rolling door, the bottom few inches of the door must be left in place, resulting in a high threshold. This can be a potential tripping hazard and could make carrying large objects and packages through the door more difficult.

The Importance of Having A Pass Door Regularly Maintained by a Professional

When your pass door is serviced and maintained by the professionals at Creative Door Services™, you can be sure it’ll function smoothly for many years to come. Foregoing regular planned maintenance, however, could result in certain components wearing down faster or suddenly breaking. If you hire Creative Door Services™, you can rest assured that should a problem arise, it’ll be handled promptly.

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Innovative Man Doors in Western Canada

If you’re thinking about getting a pedestrian access door, Creative Door Services™ is the place to go. Our team of experts will help you choose from a range of commercial and industrial solutions to ensure you get a durable and reliable product. We also offer professional installation, maintenance, and repair services for a wide range of products.

For a free quote, contact one of our eight branches in Western Canada today. We have locations in Kelowna, British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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