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Acoustic Panels and Their Role in Soundproofing

Acoustic panels are one of the most efficient soundproofing solutions, with use applications in domestic and commercial settings.


No matter where they’re placed, from homes to recording studios, they manipulate sound waves as they carry in the air, lending them better quality. Depending on where and how they’re installed, acoustic panels work by diffusing or absorbing sound from the first point of reflection.



Composition of acoustic panels

The main components of acoustic panels are the fabric covering and the sound-absorbing material. The medium used for the latter varies, but all serve the same purpose- porosity and density.


The material has to be porous enough to allow sound to enter into it, but it has the right balance of density to let the sound waves carry and “get lost” inside it.


How do acoustic panels soundproof a space?

When sound waves hit flat surfaces like walls, they reflect into the room, causing excess sound waves to echo and reverberate throughout the space. Although it’s not as noticeable in small spaces, echoes and reverberations still cause problems with speech intelligibility.


Acoustic panels dampen these sound waves, converting vibrational energy to heat. Rather than passing through them and vibrating into the wall, the waves are converted into tiny amounts of heat. The heat isn’t significant enough to make the space hotter, but it does enough to limit the impact of the excess vibrations.


The air gaps in the panels serve the function of increasing the rate of sound wave absorption, especially with low-frequency or long-wavelength sound energy, which reduces echoes.


Acoustic panels on walls

For the best effects, acoustic panels are installed on specific sections of your wall rather than covering them completely. In a space where people are gathered, acoustic panels are best mounted at elevated levels to catch the speech waves better.


In other spaces, such as media rooms, the reflection points are the best spots for maximum soundproofing effect.


Acoustic panels on ceilings

With flat ceilings, the easiest option is to mount it directly to the surface. This helps with sound waves that originate from movements and travel vertically.


Alternatively, you can suspend acoustic sound panels from the ceiling. This way, they can absorb sound waves as they travel across space, and the waves are prevented from reaching other parts of the space.


Let’s help you achieve an acoustically balanced space

If you notice that the sounds within your space are unclear and there’s a tendency for reverberations and echoes, acoustic panels are the apt solution.


Whether used in a conference space, dance hall, recording studio, home theatre, or church, acoustic panels can improve sound quality within the space and even block out other unsavoury sound waves. Request a quote today to achieve an acoustically balanced space.

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