What Makes a Good Acoustic Door?

Acoustic doors are vital in spaces that require efficient soundproofing, such as theatres and recording studios. Here is what makes for a good acoustic door.

Acoustic doors are a fundamental element of many spaces that we come across every day. Your eyes may not always notice them, but your ears definitely do. A good acoustic door will serve you and your environment in a multitude of ways. But what exactly makes for a good acoustic door?

What is an Acoustic Door?

Acoustic Doors provide sound insulation. As a protective door, acoustic doors meet certain ‘Rw’ sound resistant standards set out by the Building Code of Australia. At FSE Special Purpose Doors, our acoustic doors can achieve a rating of up to Rw41.

Acoustic doors can meet a variety of needs. This includes functioning as fire rated doors and other protective doors (such as ballistic doors or radiation shielded doors). By providing quality sound insulation, they will protect employees, guests and members of the public from noise pollution, while also providing a practical function, depending on the nature of the space.

Different Types of Acoustic Doors

A good acoustic door should suit your specific design needs. 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

An example of a great acoustic door is a double-leaf partition door. This is a practical sound solution as the door has two sections separated by an air gap. This gap is filled with a sound absorber.

Acoustic doors can also be manufactured and installed with accessories for your benefit. These include frames, hinges, acoustic seals, peepholes, handles and locking mechanisms.

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A good acoustic door will have sound insulation and sound absorption features, serving as an acoustic barrier. While standard doors can function as a sound barrier, sound waves still penetrate the space. Quality insulation will ensure sounds waves are muffled and absorbed by the door.

Acoustic Doors come in various materials. This will alter the level of insulation. They can be configured using galvanised steel, laminated steel and sheet metals. They can also be installed with certain finishes to suit your aesthetic vision.

Generally speaking, the greater the mass of insulation per door, the more soundproof it will be. You can read more about soundproofing here.

Consider Your Needs

The best type of acoustic door is one that fulfils your needs. Ask yourself a few important questions when purchasing an acoustic door. Do you need a door with a larger mass of insulation to soundproof a concert hall? Or something simpler for your home? What size should the door be? Does it also need to function as a fire door?

Be sure to consider the type of spaces which may require an acoustic door:

• Music studios and recording studios
• Music and concert venues
• Nightclubs and bars
• Theatres and cinemas
• Manufacturing plants and factories
• Medical institutions
• Schools and universities
• Office buildings
• Police stations (interview rooms)
• Libraries
• Hotels

If you’re looking for acoustic doors for any new space or seeking to soundproof your existing doors, contact FSE Special Purpose Doors on 1300 4 DOORS.