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How Can Aluminium Doors Reduce Noise in Urban Homes?

21st May 2024 |

Aluminium Doors

Aluminium Patio Door
Over recent years, aluminium has become an extremely popular material choice for many homeowners up and down the country. Once a staple of industrial and commercial buildings, aluminium windows and doors made their way into residential properties in the early 1980s as an alternative to uPVC.

Aluminium elevates the aesthetic appeal of a home with its modern and sleek design, exuding a sense of sophistication and premium elegance. Whether it’s a bifold, patio or residential configuration, aluminium doors bring a host of benefits, from heightened security and ease of maintenance to impressive longevity and undeniable kerb appeal.

But, there’s one often overlooked advantage of aluminium that deserves greater recognition – its remarkable soundproofing capabilities.

What is noise pollution?

Noise pollution refers to loud or repetitive sounds that cause annoyance or distress. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), any noise above 65 decibels (dB) qualifies as noise pollution, which is anything louder than typical human conversation.

Excessive noise exposure can significantly affect your quality of life, leading to irritation, sleep disturbances and concentration difficulties. Over time, it can also contribute to more severe health issues such as cardiovascular diseases and hearing loss.

If you live near a busy road, a train station, under flight paths or in a lively urban area, the chances are that reducing outside noise will be a priority for you.

How sound enters your home

To understand how to reduce noise pollution, it’s helpful to know how sound travels. Sound waves move through the air by vibrating air particles. These waves can also pass through objects and, if the sound is loud enough, our ears can pick up these vibrations.

Noise can infiltrate a home through various entry points like windows, doors, floors, walls and ceilings. However, sound waves have a harder time penetrating solid, dense materials which dampen and reduce the intensity of the noise.

Thankfully, there are solutions available to help minimise outside noise, ensuring that your home remains a peaceful and quiet sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

So, what are some of these solutions?

How to reduce noise pollution

Multiple glass layers

Upgrading from older single-pane glass to modern double or triple glazing in your windows and doors can significantly reduce noise levels throughout your home. Double and triple glazing consist of multiple layers of glass separated by air or gas-filled spaces. These layers form a barrier that effectively absorbs and disperses sound waves, preventing them from entering the home. As a result, the overall noise level within the home is diminished, resulting in a quieter and more comfortable living environment.

Proper sealing around windows and doors

Noise pollution can easily find its way into your home through air gaps around windows and doors. These gaps allow sound waves to pass through, undoing any other efforts you may have made to soundproof your home.

To identify potential gaps, take the time to inspect your windows and doors thoroughly. Run your hand along the edges of the windows and doors to detect any drafts or air leaks. You can use silicone sealant to repair cracks in door frames and window panes, ensuring a tight seal that prevents noise from seeping into your home.

Sound blocking curtains

Sound blocking curtains offer an affordable way to prevent external noise from entering your home. Thick curtains, especially those designed to minimise sound, can significantly lessen the noise pollution you hear indoors. While flat, sturdy walls or windows tend to reflect sound waves back into the room, amplifying noise and creating echoes, curtains work differently. They absorb and disperse sound energy, trapping sound waves within their thick, tightly woven fabric. This process reduces the intensity of the noise and prevents it from bouncing back into the room, resulting in a quieter and more pleasant indoor environment.

Shutters are another effective option for noise reduction. Made from dense materials like wood, composite or PVC, shutters provide a robust barrier against sound. When closed, they create a tight seal around the window or door frame, minimising air gaps and preventing sound from leaking into the home. This sealing effect greatly enhances the soundproofing properties of your windows or doors, making shutters a valuable addition to your noise reduction efforts.

While curtains and shutters are among the most budget-friendly solutions available, their effectiveness in noise reduction can be limited when used alone. For best results, consider combining them with other soundproofing methods to create a more peaceful and quiet living space.

How aluminium doors can reduce noise pollution

Aluminium Bifold Door
Aluminium doors are an excellent choice for soundproofing compared to uPVC and wood. While these other materials can provide some sound insulation, aluminium doors often incorporate advanced design features that enhance their soundproofing capabilities. Investing in aluminium doors ensures long-lasting protection against noise pollution, making them a worthwhile investment for urban homes.

  • High Density Material – Aluminium is a high-density material, which enables it to effectively absorb and dampen sound waves. Its compact molecular structure provides exceptional structural integrity while acting as an effective sound barrier.
  • Double or Triple Glazing – Many aluminium doors feature double or triple glazing, providing an additional layer of sound insulation. The combination of multiple glass layers and the dense aluminium frame enhance the door’s ability to block out external noise, offering effective protection against unwanted sounds infiltrating the home.
  • Tight Seals and Weatherstripping – Advanced weatherstripping and tight seals are vital components of aluminium doors for noise reduction. These features effectively block sound waves from entering the home through gaps in the door, ensuring minimal noise intrusion even in busy urban areas. The tight seals around the edges not only enhance soundproofing but also contribute to airtight insulation, reducing air leakage and lowering energy bills.
  • Durability – The solid and sturdy construction of aluminium doors guarantees long-lasting performance in noise insulation. Aluminium’s durability and resistance to warping or deterioration mean that it maintains its soundproofing effectiveness over time. This reliability makes aluminium doors a dependable solution for reducing noise without any drop in performance.

Discover our full range of aluminium doors

At Majestic Designs, our aluminium doors are crafted to the highest standards, ensuring exceptional resistance against noise pollution while delivering superior durability and energy efficiency.

When you purchase an aluminium door from Majestic Designs, you’re choosing a top-performing product made from energy-efficient aluminium frames with durable weather seals. Our doors are meticulously engineered to eliminate leaks and draughts when fully closed, providing a tight seal that effectively keeps out noise and retains heat inside your home all year round. Combined with our energy-efficient glass and innovative ‘thermal break’ technology, our doors boast a high energy rating for optimal thermal and sound insulation.

Our diverse range of aluminium doors is fully customisable to complement the unique style of your home. Our leading team of FENSA accredited and MTC registered installers is here to assist you every step of the way. With over 20 years of experience in designing and manufacturing high-quality window, doors and conservatories, Majestic Designs is committed to delivering unmatched products and service.

For more information on our range of aluminium doors and our premium installation services, get in touch with our Majestic Designs Customer Service team today.

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