The Basics of Acoustic Doors
The purpose of Acoustic Doors is to provide sound insulation to protect your employees,A Look at Acoustic Door Articles visitors and other general members of the public from potential noise pollution.
Like other protective doors, Acoustic Doors must meet certain ‘Rw’ sound resistant standards set out by the Building Code of Australia and they be tested and certified accordingly. ((For further information, see: ISO 140-3: 1995 – “Acoustics – Measurement of Écransacoustiques sound insulation of buildings and of building elements”)
Acoustic doors are also available as fire rated doors and other protective doors, meaning they can fulfil a range of specific, protective functions; they can also be used in boundary walls, where both noise control and fire resistant doors may be required
Acoustic Doors can be made of a range of materials, such as galvanised steel, laminated steel and sheet metals
Acoustic Doors can also be installed and completed with certain finishes and/or decorative veneers that can suit the aesthetic design of your space
Who Requires Acoustic Doors?
Acoustic doors are used in a variety of organisations, including commercial, industrial and public companies. These include:
Music studios and recording studios
Music and concert venues
Night clubs and bars
Theatres and cinemas
Manufacturing plants and factories, particularly those that involve loud machinery
Medical institutions, like audiology facilities and even x-ray facilities
Public institutions, like schools and university buildings
General corporate and office buildings
Types of Acoustic Doors
Acoustic doors can be purchased to suit a range of door types and sizes, depending on the needs of your construction project. For example, your acoustic doors can be designed as:
Single or double swinging doors
Single or double sliding doors
Fire or smoke doors
Heavy or lightweight doors
Electronic, automatic or Magnamatic doors
All door types can be manufactured and installed with the required accessories and hardware, including frames, hinges, acoustic seals, handles and closing/locking mechanisms, as well as additional needs like peep holes or viewing windows.
Overview of Acoustic Door Choices
If you decide to go ahead with an acoustic door set or fire doors for your building or venue, there are several things you will need to determine. These will help you decide what type of door to select. As a general guide, you should consider:
What type and size of door you need. Do you require single or double acoustic doors? Will they need to be swinging or sliding?
What level of sound resistance you need your acoustic doors to provide. You’ll need to take the Australian Building Code guidelines into consideration and determine what Rw rating you need. This may also impact the door material you choose.
If your acoustic door also needs to double-up and perform as a fire or smoke door. If so, understanding the fire or smoke resistance levels (1, 2, 3 or 4 hour door ratings) will be essential – and you will need to make sure that all doors and components are also fully tested and certified to meet fire resistant standards, as well as acoustic standards.
What finish you want for your doors. Specific finishes and colours are also completely possible with acoustic doors and a door supplier will be able to advise what finishes (such as decorative veneers or even paint) may best suit your particular doors.