ADA Handicap Doors
Unbeknownst to most building owners, ADA, or the Americans With Disability Act is a law that sets forth certain requirements for commercial building entrances. If your opening is required to be ADA compliant, then our ADA handicap door packages are perfect for you. Each ADA handicap commercial door includes ADA compliant hardware and design in order to meet ADA requirements, this includes a barrier free door closer, compliant door and frame size, compliant bottom door rail, ADA lock indicator, ADA compliant door threshold, and more.
ADA Accessible Door Requirements
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), effective July 2010, established minimum requirements for all entry doors designed as accessible:
1. A minimum clear opening of 32" with the door open 90 degree, measured between the face of the door and the opposite stop/frame.
2. Door threshold should not exceed 1/2 in. height and shall be beveled no greater than 1:2.
3. Handles, pulls, latches and locks shall have a shape that is easy to grasp with one hand and does not require tight grasping, tight pinching or twisting of the wrist to operate.
4. Door opening force shall operate with a maximum opening force of 15 pounds for exterior doors and 5 pounds for interior doors. The sweep period of the closer shall be adjusted so that from an open position of 70 degrees, the door will take at least 3 seconds to move to a point 3 inches from the latch, measured to the leading edge of the door.
5. In accordance with IBC-2015, door operating hardware must be installed between 48 inches and 34 inches above finished floor.
6. Doors shall allow 80 inches minimum clear headroom. Door closer mounted on corner brackets will extend into the opening below the 80 inch minimum clearance on 84 inch door opening height. Parallel arm or top jamb application should be used instead.
7. Minimum bottom rail height measured from finished floor to top of glass must be 10 inches.
More information regarding ADA guidelines can be found at: www.ada.gov
It is the responsibility of the building owner or installer to identify doors that must comply with ADA regulations and order them accordingly. Due to the diversity in state, local, and federal laws and codes, it is the responsibility of the individual architect, owner, and installer to ensure that products selected comply with all applicable building codes and laws.