Often, a business can be a rather fragile entity. While on the surface it may look as though it is humming along quite nicely – especially if profits are good –underneath could be a completely different story. There are certain things that are essential to the operation of a business. One of these is productivity. A company will never be successful for an extended period of time if productivity can’t be sustained. And any disruption could result in a disaster. Another element that is important to an organization is privacy. Because this is something that has a direct effect on the comfort and wellbeing of employees, it can’t be neglected. The good news is that the right office design can address both productivity and privacy. Certain layouts can help, and many spaces seek to be as “soundproof” as possible.
What does soundproof mean for a sliding door?
Determining what constitutes “soundproof” for a door is a vexing challenge and it is at odds with other desired features of a door, such as ease of operation. Truly soundproof spaces would have STC values well in excess of STC 50. Construction to that level of sound isolation and mitigation is not practical in most workplaces and can pose a significant challenge with doors in particular, since they are generally required to meet ADA guidelines for ease of operation. The things used to make a door soundproof, heavy materials, gaskets, tight fitting design, make it more difficult to operate. AD Systems has strove to achieve a balance between acoustical performance that achieves “normal speech privacy” in the NIC or STC 34-39 range with ADA compliance for their sliding door assemblies. Though not soundproof, these sliding doors are vastly superior at mitigating acoustics for reasons of privacy and noise control than other typical sliding doors without gaskets or drop seals that offer little in the way of acoustical performance. When acoustics are a concern in any commercial or medical space, it is critical that not only the doors but the surrounding perimeter wall design, glazing, air returns, etc be taken into consideration as well as sound will find the weak point in the room assembly to compromise its overall performance.
The other benefits of a soundproof sliding door
Great for noise control and productivity, an acoustic sliding door is also excellent when it comes to saving space. With a door that swings open into an office, a large portion of the room is unable to be used. This is just not very efficient. A sliding door, however, allows all space to be used, which can ultimately help save money. Another benefit of an acoustic sliding door is its visual appeal. Sliding doors immediately add a new and modern style element that can greatly enhance the appearance of an office.
A business needs every advantage it can get to compete in today’s marketplace, and office components like acoustic sliding doors shouldn’t be overlooked. This is why many companies rely on AD Systems to outfit them with the best doors available.
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