Acoustic control is very important in today’s society. Studies show that excessive noise levels in commercial environments cause decreased productivity, increased stress and illness, lower job satisfaction, lower client or visitor satisfaction, and decreased sales or dwell time.
Not necessarily. While some projects require an onsite consultation, most Avenue Interior Systems projects can be completed over the phone and email.
Once we know a few details about your application and requirements, we can do electronic calculations to determine the current reverberation and noise levels and then recommend suitable products and the quantities required to achieve optimal acoustic control.
Every application is unique, and how much acoustic treatment should be installed depends on the individual circumstances of the space and the outcome required. Factors such as the room’s size, the room’s construction, and the finishings and furnishings used all need to be considered, along with personal taste and the acoustic levels desired after treatment.
As a rule of thumb, approximately 20% – 25% of the room’s surfaces should be absorbent material to make a noticeable difference. The more absorbent surfaces present, the greater the acoustic outcome.
Absorptive material is not only acoustic products but can also include carpet, soft furnishings and curtains.
Absorptive panels are not noise barriers but a noise absorber, so they will not completely ‘soundproof’ a room.
Absorptive panels are designed to control the echo, reverberation and reflections within a room and therefore control the sound energy inside the room. Technically they do not block noise transmission (sound from escaping out of the room); however, if the noise inside the room is reduced, the amount of noise that can escape outside is also reduced.
That means that while absorptive panels will not ‘soundproof’ a room, they help reduce the sound levels outside it.
Soundproofing is a technical process unique to every individual application.
Soundproofing can be as simple as installing acoustic doors or door seals or replacing standard windows with double-glazed windows. Other times, acoustic barriers or insulation in wall and ceiling cavities may be required.