How much does it cost to install automatic doors? Sometimes, it’s tempting to blindly listen to the installation company – after all, they know much more than you do. But if you’re trying to stick to a budget, there are a few steps you can take to lower the cost of automatic doors.
1. Choose the right door
Not all automatic doors are made equal. The first thing you need to do is consider the site itself. What sort of volume of footfall are you expecting? What do you need from the door? Are you going to be using it in conjunction with a security system? What is the weather like in the location? All of these factors can play a role in choosing the right door, so make sure you have a firm grasp on them.
Your engineers will need to know exactly what they’re working with, so get a survey done. This may cost a little in initial outlay, but you’ll wind up saving money in the long run.
2. Forget about unrealistic expectations
You may have a vision in your head of exactly how you want your automatic door to fit with the surrounding area – but being flexible can really pay off. Forget your dream door and listen to what your engineers are telling you. If this means making some small sacrifices, so be it.
3. Keep it standard
Anything outside of normal specifications tends to add up in terms of cost. If you’re on a budget, then keep your door as standard as possible. That means choosing a colour of paint that is readily available, rather than going for something unusual. Frameless automatic doors are an expensive option. To lower the cost, choose a set with a standard 45 mm aluminium frame.
4. Don’t fork out for extras
Some details may seem tempting but are unnecessary. Check exactly what safety set-up you need for your installation. If you can install a side screen safety sensor instead of a pocket screen, you’ll save money. Look out for tempting ideas like double glazing, too. If your automatic door is going to be opening and closing all day, then trying to keep the area around it insulated could be a waste of money.
5. Prepare for the installation
Finally, get everything ready to ensure that the installation is as smooth as possible. Check in advance to see what you can do. This may include clearing the area of bins and other equipment and removing overhead signs. Prepare the area so that, when the team arrive, they can just focus on installing the door, without wasting their time – and your money.