There are a variety of good reasons you might consider installing an impact door on the interior of your business.

An impact door is a door, single or double, that swings open in either direction, and is opened essentially by bumping into it – hence the word “impact” in the designation. These types of door are also referred to by various other names, including traffic doors, bump doors and double-acting doors.

A common reason for a business to install an impact door is to improve efficiency and productivity by allowing employees to move more quickly and easily between separate areas of the facility, whether they’re traveling on foot or seated on a vehicle such as a forklift or palette truck. People can simply push through the door into and out of the space, with no need to turn a knob or lever to open it. Once they’re in or out, the door swings back closed again automatically.

A visual and physical barrier

Impact doors can be a smart choice for any access points where you want to conceal the clutter or noise in one room from the people in the adjoining room, such as the passage leading from a front office into a warehouse. An impact door offers many of the same types of efficient traffic-flow benefits as a plastic strip curtain, but without the same visual transparency.

Also like a strip curtain, an impact door can be used to help to seal off a climate-controlled area that gets a lot of traffic in and out, because it closes automatically, cutting down on how long a time the entrance to the room is left open. This saves you money on energy bills by increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system, or the chilling equipment in a freezer or cooler. It will also help keep dirt, dust, fumes, and other contaminants from getting through the doorway – especially if the door you choose has a gasket all the way around the inside of the frame, that creates a seal when it’s closed.

An impact door is easier and less expensive to install, use and maintain than a door that opens automatically, because instead of an electrically powered motor, it relies on the push of a person’s hand to open it – or in some cases a foot. An impact door can be equipped with a bumper at the part of the door that will be getting the most impact.

Choosing the right door

Before choosing an impact door, think about what it is you want it to accomplish for you. Are you mainly interested in temperature and/or humidity control, creating a barrier to block off the view of the room it opens, or having a durable door that stands up well to heavy, door-banging traffic? If you want your impact door to prevent heat or cold from escaping, for example, you may want a model that features a gasket around the door jamb.

You should also bear in mind that when a traffic door opens on impact, some of that impact is absorbed by the door frame. So based on how much and what type of traffic your door will be handling, you’ll want to make sure the frame and material it’s made of are of a sturdiness to match the door.