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This Trackless Door Solution Improves Accessibility and Sanitation for Medical Offices

Manual self-closing door ideal for everyday use where multi-functional doors are needed

The challenge for architects who design medical offices is to create a space that is not only beautiful, modern and welcoming, but also functional to exacting standards, safe and sanitary. Architects are discovering the solid-panel functionality of our new trackless sliding barn door solution, FlexBarn™.

While an automatic entrance to a hospital emergency room prioritizes function over form, an architect often has greater aesthetic flexibility to specify more attractive doors for new construction or renovation of a doctor’s office or medical clinic. In addition, when an interior space is as small as many medical offices, installing a sliding door system is a more practical option that opens much wider than swinging doors and does not take away needed floor space from examination rooms. 

Attractive and dependable

Medical office doors, like the new FlexBarn sliding door system, provide smooth, dependable operation, and are an attractive design feature that welcomes patients who are coming and going day in and day out.

Although originally designed for the unique standards of medical offices, the FlexBarn trackless self-closing door is ideal for everyday use, not only in clinics, doctor or dentist offices, but also in non-medical office spaces and openings where multi-functional doors are needed.

A compact solution with superb functionality

Swinging doors have the obvious drawback of taking up valuable space during an emergency and their installation permanently removes valuable square footage. FlexBarn solves this problem with a compact sliding barn door solution available in custom widths from 6' 9" to 9' 5" for single slides, and 9' 4" to 15' 4" for bi-parting doors that offer unobstructed access and improved sanitation.

Smooth, easy operation

FlexBarn trackless sliding doors are also remarkably easy to use. Their soft close and soft open dampening system is easily activated by a gentle manual pulling force, providing smooth, seamless operation for system longevity. 

Improved sanitation and accessibility

Available ADA compliant hardware is an important consideration as medical professionals increasingly are required to provide accessibility in their offices and medical facilities, including the ability to accommodate patients of all abilities. FlexBarn’s smooth, clean design improves accessibility, eliminating the track in the floor that can complicate the movement of walking aids such as wheelchairs, walkers and crutches.

FlexBarn’s trackless design also improves hygiene. A sliding door system that uses no tracks or wheels means there are fewer places for dirt, dust and germs to get trapped.

The optional antimicrobial hardware and antimicrobial aluminum stile frame system further improves sanitation, and FlexBarn’s smoke rating to UL1784 and NFPA 105 compliance also demonstrates its enhanced safety.

FlexBarn features

Constructed of solid core lumber, laminate or traditional aluminum and glass, FlexBarn is available with a variety of glass and glazing options, and unlimited finishes to compliment any office décor.

To learn more about the FlexBarn trackless sliding door system or any of Horton’s full range of sliding door solutions, see Horton Automatics sliding door systems or contact your distributor.

 

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