An Overview of Acoustic Doors For Auditoriums
Here is an overview of acoustic doors for auditoriums – how they work and the different options avaliable from FSE Special Purpose Doors.
Ensuring that ambient noise is controlled is fundamental to the construction of auditoriums. Depending on the purpose of the space, this is achieved in many different ways, however every auditorium has one thing in common: acoustically treated doors.
Our acoustic doors are built to an extremely high quality when it comes to both soundproofing and safety, and are suitable for all types of auditoriums, from movie theatres to concert halls to school venues.
Acoustic Doors For Auditoriums
In Australia, acoustic doors must meet certain ‘Rw’ sound resistant standards set out by the BCA and are tested and certified accordingly (see: ISO 140-3: 1995 – “acoustics – measurement of sound insulation of buildings and of building elements”).
Our acoustic doors can achieve an acoustic rating of up to Rw41. They can also double as fire and smoke doors and can be used in boundary walls, where both noise control and fire resistance may be required. This is particularly useful in public venues such as commercial theatres or education facilities.
Acoustic doors can be made from a range of materials, such as galvanised steel, laminated steel sheet metals, and feature certain finishes and/or decorative veneers to suit any aesthetic requirements an auditorium may require.
How Do Soundproof Doors Work?
Any kind of door works as a sound barrier in some respect. With standard doors, however, sound waves will still manage to make their way through unless further preventative measures are taken. These measures include sound insulation and sound absorption – putting up an acoustic barrier.
The greater the mass of the insulation material per unit area of a door, the more soundproof it will be. A double-leaf partition – two sections separated by an air gap filled with a sound absorber – is an efficient and practical sound absorber.
You can read more about how sound proofing works here.
Types of Acoustic Doors Avaliable For Auditoriums
Acoustic doors can be purchased to suit a range of frame types and sizes, depending on the needs of your theatre. We offer the following kinds of acoustic doors:
• Hinged fire doors – Our standard hinged fire doors are perfect for use in auditoriums. Our product has been designed and engineered specifically for heavy duty use that also offer excellent performance levels of security, longevity and sound attenuation.
• Swinging acoustic doors – Swinging double action fire doors are perfect in auditoriums where doorways accommodate heavy traffic flow in both directions. They perform like a normal acoustic door, the key difference being that they swing 180-degrees to allow traffic to move quickly and easily back and forth through the doors – very useful in commercial theatres or schools.
• Single or double sliding doors – Acoustic sliding doors are suitable in spaces where a conventional side hung door is impractical.
• Fire or smoke doors – Auditoriums must comply with fire safety regulations as with any other building. Our acoustic doors can double as fire doors, compliant with the Building Code of Australia (i.e. AS1530.4).
• Heritage door upgrades – Some old auditoriums in Australia are of cultural or historical significance and are protected by heritage preservation orders. We are experts in installing tested and approved sound proofing systems to existing heritage doors that adhere to modern regulations while maintaining traditional aesthetics.
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 features like peep holes or viewing windows.
FSE Specialise Purpose Doors specialises in designing and manufacturing soundproof doors based on our client’s requirements. We work in conjunction with skilled acousticians to ensure we can present custom solutions for any situation.