acoustic doorsFor many facilities, mitigating sound is as imperative as creating a barrier to block sight. Especially, this is true for medical clinics, hospitals, doctors’ offices, tech companies, banks and legal firms. In fact, this directive is useful for nearly any facility owner to ensure privacy. Selecting the best acoustic doors designed to eliminate noise is a crucial step that protects your staff and clients. Most businesses and healthcare facilities have a need to confidential conversations and meetings.

Acoustic Doors 101

First, consider the performance needs of doors in general. Obviously, their primary use is to provide a visual barrier and enclose a space. However, in many cases, a seal to inhibit extraneous noise is necessary. An enhanced acoustical door with the proper frame fulfills that need.

Generally, this begs the question – what is an acoustic door? Basically, it’s a solid door constructed within the frame to reduce noise transmission. Typically, these doors carry a sound transmission class (STC) rating based on their ability to seal off sound.

To properly reduce noise, you need a door designed with a sound absorption system. Without one, ambient noise leaks from one area of an office to another. Furthermore, you need a sliding door that addresses perimeter gaps within the frame that are a challenge with many door systems, particularly sliding barn style doors with no frame. AD Systems’ doors meet the rigorous standards of modern offices and medical facilities. In fact, their OfficeSlide™ doors have a tested acoustical performance up to NIC 39. This superior engineering helps eliminate ambient noise issues.

Second, appearance matters. After all, a door should obstruct sound not aesthetics. As they hang from overhead rollers and lay flush with the wall, AD Systems’ doors seamlessly blend into your workspace. Additionally, there are no floor tracks to impede foot or equipment traffic. Choose from multiple design and material options including sidelights, wood, or aluminum.

Third, sliding doors need to be useful beyond simple sound absorption needs. Security is often a concern in offices of healthcare settings. Selecting a system that provides multiple access and locking options is imperative. For example, key-card control regulates who enters certain areas. AD Systems also offers numerous ADA-compliant locking and latching hardware.

Safety Issues

Moreover, fire protection and safety are important to consider. OfficeSlide has smoke-rated options per UL 1784. Similarly, medical facilities need additional features. Their ExamSlide™ line offers lead-shielding doors for x-ray rooms and automatic operators for more universal access. Ultimately, these choices protect not just sound but clients and staff as well.

AD Systems’ Options

AD Systems’ engineers design sliding acoustic doors that address these issues and more. Their options aid functionality and ease-of-use. For example, choose from integral blinds or switchable privacy glass. Better yet, utilize space-saving marker boards for meetings and consultations.

  • Other hardware and design choices include:
  •  Fully customizable sizes and configurations
  •  Single or bi-parting pairs of doors
  •  Standard soft-closers
  •  ADA-compliant locking and latching hardware
  •  KeyCard/Access Control with mag lock
  •  Optional Self-closers
  •  Custom pulls and other hardware
  •  Glass – any glazing up to 1” thick
  •  Customized integral lighting or other design features
  •  Optional automatic operation
  •  Flush pulls and anti-ligature hardware

To see their products in action, check out their extensive portfolio. Included are case studies and a gallery of completed projects that have their clients’ seal of approval. Then, begin your own project! Contact AD Systems online for a free evaluation. Or, give them a call at 425-374-1360.