Selecting Automatic Doors: Swing or Sliding?

Choosing the right automatic doors is essential for both functionality and accessibility in any space. You’ll want to consider the type of door that matches the daily flow and needs of your visitors.

Automatic Swing Doors


Swing doors are hinged doors that open either inward, outward, or both.


  • Efficient Use of Space: They’re ideal for locations with limited side space since they only require space in their swing path.
  • Intuitive Operation: Users are generally familiar with how swing doors work, even when automated.


  • Safety Risks: Their swing path can become a hazard in congested areas, potentially leading to collisions or obstructions.
  • Accessibility Issues: In situations where automation fails, manual use can be difficult for some, including people with disabilities.

Sliding Doors

Sliding doors move horizontally along a track to open and close.


  • Easy Access: Their wide openings can effortlessly accommodate large groups, as well as individuals with strollers or mobility aids.
  • Built-In Safety: Equipped with sensors, these doors are less likely to close on a person or object, reducing the likelihood of accidents.
  • Energy Efficiency: Their quick operation can limit the exchange of indoor and outdoor air, which helps in maintaining building temperature and reducing energy costs.


  • Space Requirements: Adequate wall space is necessary for the door panels to slide open.
  • Maintenance Demands: The mechanisms and tracks may need more regular cleaning and servicing due to their complexity.

Deciding Factors

High-traffic areas are better suited to sliding doors, as they can accommodate many people at once and effectively reduce bottlenecks. You should also evaluate the available space; if the area lacks the necessary side space for sliding doors, swing doors might be required instead. Additionally, think about who will be using the door. Ease of access for all users, especially those with disabilities, is crucial, and sliding doors generally offer better accessibility in this regard.

User Experience and Door Selection

To ensure a positive user experience with your automatic doors, regular maintenance is key, regardless of whether you choose swing or sliding doors. Consistent upkeep is essential to maintain their safe and reliable operation. Also, adding advanced door features such as remote operation, energy-saving modes, and advanced security can significantly improve both user experience and overall building efficiency.

The aesthetic design of the door plays a big role in the first impression your building makes; select a door that not only matches the architectural style and interior design but also helps the functional needs of the space. Balancing these elements—maintenance, advanced features, and design aesthetics—will greatly contribute to a better experience for all who enter your building.

Choosing Between Swing and Sliding Doors

Selecting the right automatic door—swinging or sliding—comes down to understanding the needs of your space and the people who use it. Whether it’s swing doors for smaller, constrained spaces or sliding doors for busy, open areas, your goal is to ensure a safe, convenient, and welcoming entrance for all.

Keep in mind maintenance needs, energy consumption, and ease of use as you make your decision, and you’ll be well on your way to optimising your space’s accessibility and operation.

Access Automation provides a range of automatic doors suitable for various applications, available in swing and sliding configurations. Our team can guide you in selecting and maintaining the right door for your needs. For installation, maintenance, or repair services, visit Access Automation or contact us to set up an appointment.