At Fleming Complete we not only value our clients, but we also try to educate them during their construction, tenant improvement and repair project. Here we explore the restroom “pull to exit” vs. “push to exit” door conundrum.

Have you ever noticed after washing and drying your hands in a public restroom that you “pull to exit” and run the risk of contaminating your clean hands! Why, when some restrooms “push to exit”?

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires a minimum clearance for door swings. If restrooms open into a narrow space, it can be difficult to achieve this clearance with a “push to exit” door, therefore, these doors are changed to a “pull to exit” door.

These issues can be avoided during re-design. When laying out a new building or completing a tenant improvement, the restroom doors can be designed as “push to exit” if the restroom entrances are recessed into the wall to allow for more clearance, or offset so that the outward swinging door isn’t a traffic hazard.

Doors can be avoided altogether if the restroom entrances are built with a labyrinth design.

Sometimes this “pull to exit” restroom door issue can’t be avoided, especially in older or smaller facilities. To help support good hygiene after washing your hands in a “pull to exit” restroom, you can use a paper towel to open the door and building owners can place hand sanitizing stations directly outside restroom facilities or a waste basket near the exit.

Whatever your restroom construction, repair or improvement situation is, Fleming Complete and our large subcontractor network, including LaForce for doors, can help guide you through the process and provide steps to resolve your issues.