Installing automatic doors offers a range of benefits for the owners and users of premises; improving access for users, making the business more aesthetically pleasing, reducing the consumption of energy and increasing levels of hygiene.
However, we’re not here to convince you of the reasons to install automatic doors in your shop, factory or school. We’re going to assume that you already know that most commercial and industrial premises should have some form of automatic access, and we’re here to help you budget for their installation.
What Determines The Cost Of Installing Automatic Doors?
As with anything, the exact cost of an installation will vary depending on a range of factors. Some considerations that an engineer will have when they conduct a site survey are:
Size of Opening
It isn’t rocket science to know that the larger / wider the opening, the larger a door will need to be. Manufacturing a larger door requires more materials, longer labour hours and sometimes may necessitate a more powerful motor to operate them. We keep the costs of our automatic door installations down by manufacturing them at our Hull factory, meaning that we don’t need to factor in profit to a third party manufacturer.
Automatic doors can be upgraded with additional features that improve their convenience and energy efficiency. Some additional options that can be included with an automatic door installation include:
- Motion sensors that open doors on the approach of a person and allow opening without any actions from the user
- Integration with fire safety systems to help with fast and efficient evacuation during an emergency
- Security systems, such as magentic locks with fob/keycard entry to, ensure that only authorised personnel may use the entrance. These are commonly installed at schools where it is vital to maintain safeguarding obligations
Doors can be made from different materials that will impact on the overall costs. Common materials used in automatic door manufacturing are aluminium, stainless steel and galvanised steel. Depending on the location and use-case, they may also include glass panes. The higher the quality of material used, the higher the cost of the door will be.
Simply put, some doors are easier to install than others. Factors that affect the complexity of an install include the type of building, the location of the opening, and whether there is an existing door there. When a job becomes more complex, it will result in higher costs due to the additional time spent on the job.
Typical Automatic Door Costs
A qualified engineer will assess the cost of a door based on the factors outlined above, and so a fixed price can never be given without a site survey. However, with over 20 years of experience in the industry we can estimate the cost of a typical manufacture and installation of an automatic door.
There are different types of automatic doors available, with their own price points. Generally, we expect the price of a job to fall into the brackets below.
Single Swing Door
The typical cost of a single swing door is £5,500.
Double Swing Doors
Double swing doors average around £8,800.
Single Sliding Door
A single sliding door costs around £5,000.
Double Sliding Doors
A pair of double sliding doors is typically around £7,800.
Why Are Sliding And Swinging Doors Priced Differently?
While other types of doors are available, sliding and swinging doors are the most popular types in the UK. Some businesses may opt for revolving doors, however we no longer recommend these for most premises.
You’ll probably notice that the typical costs above show that sliding doors are priced slightly lower than swinging doors. This is due to swinging doors having more moving parts, and therefore more complexity, than their sliding counterparts.
However, swing doors are easier to retrofit into existing openings which can reduce installation costs, so there are exceptions to this rule.
Factor In Maintenance
While they’re all new and shiny, you may not consider that automatic doors require ongoing maintenance. This is not only a legal requirement, but vitally important to keep your premises running safely and ensuring that customers and staff can access it.
Basic maintenance can be conducted by a member of staff on a regular, ongoing basis. However you must also have doors serviced by a qualified engineer on at least an annual basis, however British Standard EN 16005 recommends bi-annual servicing. You need to factor in this smaller ongoing cost into your budgeting for automatic door installations.
Get A Survey
If you’re considering automatic doors, either as a new installation or to replace an existing door, you’ll need to get a site survey completed by a qualified engineer. Our staff have decades of experience in automatic door installations and would be happy to book you in for a free site survey to get you an exact price for an installation.
All you need to do is get in touch with us here, complete the form, and one of our staff will get back to you quickly for a completely no-obligation survey.