Posted on: 10 June 2021
Which Type of Personnel Door Do I Need? Steel vs Aluminium

Personnel doors are industrial doors designed for pedestrians only (rather than vehicles) and they come with a range of benefits. One benefit is that they keep staff members safe by providing them with a dedicated door so they aren't using vehicle access points to enter and exit the building. Not only does this separate pedestrians from vehicles for added safety, but it also saves energy because these smaller doors let out less heat. 

Personnel doors can be used in almost any setting, including office buildings, warehouses, factories and schools.

Once you've decided you need a new personnel door, you have a decision to make - should it be steel or aluminium? Here we will outline the differences between these doors to help you choose the right one for your business.

Steel Personnel Doors

Steel doors are known for being very strong. Take fire exit doors and emergency exit doors as an example - these naturally need to be very robust and are therefore made from steel. Ours feature a zinc-coated folded steel construction with reinforced hinged edges, welded thick steel-reinforced channels to the bottom edges, and high tensile steel-reinforced lock points. All of this means these doors are extremely durable in all environments. Though you may not be looking for a fire exit door specifically, if you opt for a steel personnel door they will come with similar benefits of robustness and durability. They are also fully waterproof, weatherproof and don’t rust easily.

However, choosing strength and hardiness doesn’t mean you have to compromise on aesthetics. Steel doors have a glossy shine that gives them a premium feel. They're available in a range of different colours and finishes and are made bespoke for you so they can be designed to fit in with your company brand.

Plus, as steel is widely available and the manufacturing process is fairly easy, steel doors are quite affordable.

Aluminium Personnel Doors

Though they may not be quite as robust as steel doors, aluminium doors still offer long-term performance in high traffic areas. They can also be easily repaired if necessary, due to their mechanically jointed construction. They also feature purpose-designed cleats with torsion bars for added strength.

Aluminium entrance doors usually have windows in either the top half of the door or spanning the length of the door. This is not only aesthetically pleasing but can also be a safety feature as staff members will be able to see if anyone else is coming. This is especially helpful if you are practising social distancing. The look and feel of this type of door makes it ideal for offices, shops and showrooms.

Glazing can be double or single and the doors can be manual or automatic with sensors or push pad activation. These personnel doors can also feature access control consoles, key entry pads, radio controls or swipe access to ensure only authorised personnel can enter. They can also either slide or swing, depending on your preference – in a smaller room, you may prefer a sliding door as opposed to one that swings outwards.

Other options include single and double action pivot doors and sliding and folding doors. They are available with variable closing speeds and an anti-finger trapping safety feature. These attractive doors can be powder coated or anodised.

Which type of personnel door is right for your business?

Bearing all of the above in mind, you may want to choose a steel door if:

  • The door needs to be secure
  • You need a very robust, weatherproof and waterproof door
  • You need an emergency exit or fire exit door

You may prefer an aluminium personnel door if:

  • The door will be used frequently in a high-traffic area
  • You’d like the door to be fitted with entry access controls
  • You’re looking to save space with a sliding or folding door

Both types of doors provide the benefits of being durable, aesthetically pleasing, and built bespoke for your business, with a variety of sizes and colours available.

Whether you settle on a steel or aluminium personnel door, Stanair can help. If you would like to know more about our wide range of industrial doors - and how we can help you choose the right door for your premises - contact us online or call 01536 482187 for a free consultation.