We’ve got you covered! Automatic doors can come in a variety of different styles and they all have their own individual benefits. Choosing the right one that’s fit for purpose can be a tricky task, and without knowing the different pros and cons, what do you do!? Well, thanks to us (you’re welcome), we’ve put together an Everything You Need To Know guide to help you make that important correct decision!

So what’s covered in this article?

– The different types of automatic doors

– Frequently asked questions

– Maintenance and regulations

– Access control

– Helping you choose the right automatic door for you


At Next Doors Ltd, we offer 4 different types of automatic doors. Aluminium Sliding Door, All-Glass Sliding Door, Telescopic Sliding Door, and Automatic Swing Door. All doors provide a great user experience and add an additional feature to your building that contributes effortless accessability.


Aluminium Sliding Door


All-Glass Sliding Door


Telescopic Sliding Door

Apart from coveniency and safe entry, automatic doors particularly benefit individuals with mobility challenges. They enhance accessibility and comply with disability regulations. If coupled with access control systems, these doors also provide a great sense of safety and security. By embracing automatic doors, businesses and public areas will create a welcoming environment while also optimising operations and efficiency.


Automatic & Power Assisted Swing Door

Here is an example of an automatic/power assisted swing door that we installed on a residential block of flats in London.



Frequently Asked Questions

How do automatic doors work?

When a person approaches an automatic door, sensors detect their presence through various means such as motion sensors or infrared sensors or even access control such as buttons, fobs or codes. These sensors then send a signal to the automatic operator which initiates the opening sequence; the opening sequence is then driven by an electric motor which powers the movement of the doors.

Once the person has passed through or a predetermined time has elapsed, the control system initiates the closing sequence, and the door gently closes.

What are the benefits of installing automatic doors?

Installing automatic doors offers numerous benefits that enhance convenience, accessibility, and safety. Firstly, automatic doors provide effortless entry and exit, eliminating the need for manual operation and reducing physical exertion. This feature is especially advantageous for individuals with disabilities, elderly individuals, or those with their hands full. Moreover, these doors contribute to enhanced security as they can be integrated with access control systems, such as keycards or biometric sensors, to restrict unauthorised entry. In addition to that, automatic doors help regulate the flow of foot traffic, preventing congestion and promoting smooth entry and exit in busy environments. Overall, the installation of automatic doors enhances convenience, accessibility, and security while creating a welcoming and efficient environment for both businesses and public spaces.

Are automatic doors safe?

Yes! These doors are designed with safety in mind and incorporated with various features to prevent accidents. Sensors detect movement and obstacles, causing the doors to pause or reverse if necessary. Safety sensors near the edges prevent the door from closing if someone or something is in the way. With all these features incorporated, it makes automatic doors adhere to safety regulations, ensuring compiance with emergency exit and accessibility standards. Regular maintenance ensures that safety mechanisms are functioning properly, making automatic doors a safe choice for convenient entryways.

Are automatic doors energy-efficient?

Yes! They are designed to minimise energy loss and improve overall building efficiency. Equipped with sensors, they allow the doors to open only when necessary, this helps prevent unnecessary air exchange between the indoor and outdoor environments, reducing heating or cooling losses. Additionally, some automatic doors feature advanced technologies like low-power mode or energy-saving settings, further optimising their energy efficiency.

Do automatic doors have safety regulations?

Yes, automatic doors are subject to safety regulations to ensure the well-being of users. There are specific safety standards and guidelines in place to govern the design, installation, and operation of automatic doors. These regulations vary depending on the region or country but generally cover aspects such as sensor functionality, speed of operation, emergency egress requirements, and presense of safety sensors to prevent entrapment or collision. Compliance with safety regulations helps ensure that automatic doors meet certain safety standards, reducing the risk of accidents or injuries. It is essential to consult and work with professionals who are knowledgable about the local safety regulations when installing or maintaining automatic doors to ensure their adherence to the required standards.

Door Maintenance


With automatic doors becoming a more and more popular feature in various establishments across the UK, ensuring their safe and reliable operation is crucial. In this section, we will provide an overview of best maintenance practices and regulations specific to automatic doors in the UK, highlighting the importance of compliance and regular upkeep.

Maintenance, Inspections and Servicing

Proper maintenance plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning and longevity of automatic doors. Regular inspections should be conducted by trained professionals to identify any potential issues or wear and tear. Maintenance tasks include cleaning the sensors, lubricating moving parts, and checking for proper alignment. Prompt repairs should be carried out if any faults or malfunctions are detected, such as issues with the motor, control system, or safety sensors. Adhering to a maintenance schedule recommended by the door manufacturer or a qualified service provider will help mitigate potential risks and maintain optimal performance.

To ensure compliance with regulations and maintain the safety of automatic doors, it is recommended to engage the services of qualified professionals such at us at Next Doors Ltd! Certified technicians with expertise in automatic door systems can conduct thorough inspections, assess compliance with regulations, and provide necessary repairs or adjustments. 

At Next Doors Ltd, we recommend having your doors professionally serviced at least once per year, and in high traffic areas where the doors are used more frequently, every 6 months. We will also offer guidance on the maintenance practices specific to each type of automatic door, ensuring that the doors continue to operate safely and efficiently.

Regulations & Standards

Specifically in the UK, automatic doors are subject to specific regulations and standards to ensure safety and compliance. The main regulations governing automatic doors include the Machinery Directive and the Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations. These regulations cover various aspects, such as the design, installation, maintenance, and operation of automatic doors.

Key considerations include the prevention of entrapment, appropriate speed of operation, emergency egress requirements, and the presence of safety sensors. 

Compliance with these regulations is essential for protecting the well-being of individuals and minimising the risk of accidents or injuries.


Get in touch today for your free quote! We cover the UK nationwide and provide above and beyond service to ensure your compliance and efficiency.


Access Control

Ever been escorted through a high security building? No, me either… But access control systems have revolutionsed security and access management in various environments, not just in MI5 buildings…

In this article, we’ll explore the collaborative potential of these technologies and the multitude of benefits they offer! We may have gone a little overboard, but hey, you’ll come out more knowledgeable right?

Working in Harmony:

So how do automatic doors and access control systems collaborate? Automatic doors and access control systems work together to provide a comprehensive security solution. Access control systems authenticate individuals through various means, while automatic doors facilitate seamless and controlled entry based on the access permissions granted.

Unlocking the Benefits:

So what benefits do you get when integrating access control systems with automatic doors? Well, this integration brings numerous benefits. To name a few, it enhances your security (obviously!), it improves your access management, streamlines visitor experience, and facilitates emergency evacuation procedures.


Are my automatic doors compatible with access control systems? Chances are, yes they are! Access control systems can pretty much be applied to any automatic door, and these systems include proximity card readers, biometric recognition systems, PIN code access, mobile credential systems, and keycard based systems.

Customisation Options:

Can I customise access control systems to suit my requirements? Yes, yes you can. Access control systems are highly customisable, allowing businesses to tailor security measures to their specific requirements. From access schedules to permission levels, these systems can be adjusted to match individual security needs.


I have a huge building with lots of employees, can access control systems cater to this? The beauty of technology is that it’s very adaptable and you can essentially cater to any needs required; this means that whether you have a large or small building, 100 employees or 10 employees, these systems can cater to various security needs.

Enhanced Security Measures:

I want instant control over access permissions, is this possible or is there any delays? Well, compared to traditional key-based systems, access control systems these days provide enhanced security. This means that you have instant controlled access, audit trails, and the ability to revoke access permissions instantly.

Integration Possibilities:

I have security measures in place already, can access control systems be integrated with this? Good news, access control systems can be integrated with other security or building management systems, such as surveilance cameras, alarm systems, or visitor management systems, helping to create a comprehensive and cohesive security infrastructure.

Compliance and Regulations:

Are there any Government measures in place regarding access control systems? As with anything data and privacy related, access control systems are no different. It’s your responsibility to ensure data protection, privacy, and adherence for industry standards. Understanding and complying with these regulations is essential for maintaining a secure environment.

Welcome back, we already know you’re looking at access control systems on another tab… But, now you know how comprehensive and efficient these security systems can be, so we don’t blame you.

From enhanced security measures and customised access management, to improved vistor experience and seamless integration with other systems, this collaboration empowers businesses and facilities to create secure and controlled environments. By embracing this integration, organisations can stay ahead in today’s rapidly evolving security landscape!


Next Doors Ltd offer access control system services? Get in touch today and one of our experts can provide guidance and assistance to ensure you make the right decision for you.

Women Decision Making


It is essential when selecting the appropriate automatic door that it meets your unique needs and requirements. By understanding the features, benefits, and considerations associated with each type, we hope that this will help guide you to make an informed decision that will align with your specific requirements.

Automatic Sliding Door

Automatic Sliding Doors

These doors are a popular choice due to their versatility and seamless operation. They consist of horizontally sliding panels that open and close automatically. Offering easy access and smooth traffic flow, making them suitable for high-traffic areas. They are available in various materials, designs, and sizes, making them adaptable to different architectural styles.

All-Glass Sliding Doors

Characterised by their sleek and modern aesthetic, all-glass sliding doors offer an unobstructed view, allowing natural light to permeate the space. These doors are commonly seen in commercial buildings, malls, and modern architectural designs. All-glass sliding doors enhance the visual appeal of a space while maintaining security and functionality.

All Glass Sliding Door
Telescopic Sliding Door

Telescopic Sliding Doors

Designed for spaces with limited wall space or narrow openings, telescopic sliding doors feature multiple sliding panels that stack neatly behind each other when opened. They provide a wider opening than traditional sliding doors, maximising the available entrance space. They’re ideal for areas where space optimisation is crucial, such as airports, hospitals, and shopping centres.

Automatic Swing Doors

Automatic swing doors operate similarly to traditional hinged doors but with automated opening and closing mechanisms. They offer a familiar and intuitive entry experience. They’re available in single or double panel configurations and can be inward or outward opening. Offices, retail stores, and healthcare facilities are where they’re commonly found but are suitable for a wide range of applications.

Automatic & Power Assisted Swing Door


Traffic volume and flow: Consider the expected foot traffic and flow patterns in your space to determine the appropriate door type and size.

Space constraints: Assess the available wall space and dimensions to ensure the chosen door fits seamlessly without hindering movement.

Aesthetic requirements: Consider the architectural style and desired visual impact of the door to choose a design that complements the overall aesthetics of the space.

Safety and accessibility: Evaluate the safety features, such as presence sensors and emergency breakaway functions, and ensure compliance with accessibility standards for individuals with disabilities.

Maintenance and reliability: Consider the maintenance requirements and the reputation of te manufacturer or supplier in terms of product reliability and after sales support.

Selecting the right automatic door requires careful consideration of various factors, including the type of door and its features, as well as the specific requirements of your space.

If you’d like to speak to an expert engineer who can help advise and guide you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Next Doors Ltd. You can see our contact details via the Contact Us page.

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There we have it, Automatic Doors in a nutshell! We’ve covered a lot! And we hope that it’s been informative and can help you make a decision as to which automatic door may best suit your needs.

Again, if you’d like to speak to an expert engineer who can help guide and advise you in the right direction, please do contact us. Did you know…. we also manufacture and install automatic doors? As well as that, we regularly perform maintenance, servicing, and repairs for a lot of our customers!

Get in touch today!


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