The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination of people with disabilities in all areas of public life. 

Below is what ADA requires for doors:

  • Doorways must have a minimum clear opening of at least 32 inches when the door is open at a 90-degree angle
  • If the door is not automatic or power assisted, you must account for minimum maneuvering distances
  • Thresholds and floor-level changes cannot exceed certain heights and slopes
  • Accessible doors need to have hardware that is easy to grasp/use, and no higher than 48 inches from the ground
  • The force needed to open a door cannot exceed certain standards, depending on the type of door
  • If the door closes automatically, it must do so relatively slowly
  • Operating force for horizontal sliding doors is limited to 5 pounds
  • Life Safety limits the use of horizontal sliding doors to rooms with less than 10 occupants in most jurisdictions, unless a swing door is present

ADA Compatible Door Systems

  • Most AD Systems hardware is designed to operate without pinching, twisting or grasping or special knowledge per ADA guidelines
  • Single action egress solutions available
  • AD Systems doors have no exposed floor track or door guides
  • Products are configured to maintain required handle clearances
  • AD Systems offers multiple soft closer designs to comply with ADA and CA requirements for opening and operating force (contact us for specification information)
  • AutoMotion sliding barn door system opens with the wave or a hand or touch of a button for quiet and hands-free operation 


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AD Systems prides itself on delivering sliding door solutions that don’t compromise on design or performance.


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