What makes a great acoustic door assembly?

The importance of acoustics in our home and work environments has become an ever-present challenge. Whether it's the noise from traffic, machinery, or people, excessive noise can have a negative impact on our well-being, productivity, and overall quality of life. Acoustic doors are specifically engineered to limit the transmission of sound between different areas of a building and therefore play an important role in building design.

Here we explore what makes a good acoustic door assembly:

  • High-Quality Door Leaf: The foundation of a superior acoustic door assembly lies in the door leaf itself. Look for doors that are specifically designed and manufactured to provide excellent sound insulation properties. A solid core, dense materials, and appropriate thickness all contribute to reducing sound transmission through the door.
  • Acoustic Sealing Systems: The importance of acoustic seals in an acoustic door assembly cannot be overstated – without a tested acoustic sealing solution between the door leaf and frame, and the door leaf and threshold, the door simply will not perform. These seals, such as perimeter seals, threshold seals, and automatic drop seals, play a crucial role in preventing sound leakage around the door edges and gaps.
  • Robust Door Frame: A strong and sturdy door frame is essential for maintaining the integrity of the acoustic door assembly. The frame should be designed to securely hold the door leaf in place, minimizing any gaps or air leaks that could compromise the sound insulation performance.
  • Acoustic-rated Hardware: The hardware components used in an acoustic door assembly should also be chosen carefully. Hinges, latches, and locks that have been specifically tested and rated for their acoustic performance ensure that the door functions as intended without compromising sound insulation.
  • Professional Installation: Even with the highest quality components, a poorly installed acoustic door assembly can undermine its effectiveness. Engage experienced professionals who understand the intricacies of acoustic installations to ensure precise fitting, proper alignment, and correct integration of all components.
  • Acoustic Testing and Certification: To ensure the performance of an acoustic door assembly, it is important to rely on tested and certified products. Look for doors and components that have undergone rigorous acoustic testing in recognised laboratories and meet relevant industry standards for sound insulation.

For help and advice, please contact our Technical Services team on +44 (0) 1626 834252 or email technical@lorientuk.com