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08:36AM | 02/03/05
Member Since: 01/10/05
6 lifetime posts
I must put a door between my LR and BR.

(just one 30" x 80' door/2/6x6/8)

I am liking the look of 10 lite french glass door. The problem is sound. I need to keep it quiet as possible between the two rooms. Does that eliminate the use of glass for the door. Is the wood much quieter than glass. Can I use tempered glass or some improved glass to reduce sound?




05:24AM | 02/07/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
161 lifetime posts
The best sound attenuation will be found with a solid wood door. This does not include hollow core wood doors. A very close second might be a glass door if it has a solid frame, is glazed for exterior use, and has double pane (insulated glass). However, you can only do so much with the door. If stopping sound is REALLY a big deal, you may need to add sound seals around the frame/door perimeter including the thresholdl. Most doors have a STC (sound transmission coefficient) number. It will give you the relative sound stopping power of the door (but doesn't include sound transmission at the frame/door line). The higher the number the better the sound attenuation.


P.S. Most sound transfer occurs at the frame/door joint and the threshold. An exterior door designed to stop air leaks also does a fairly good job of stopping sound.

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