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Spotlight on the best way to use an acoustic panel. Acoustic panels have become more and more popular ever since they appeared in work environments a few years ago. Whether in restaurants, reception halls or (more frequently) in offices, acoustic panels are designed to combat noise pollution. They are often used in noisy areas and reduce, correct or absorb noise pollution. Numerous finishes are available: shapes, fixings, colours, dimensions, etc. Whether mounted on walls, suspended or attached to the ceiling, their main objective is to reduce sound levels. But they can also lend a touch of style to workspaces.
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In which situations should an acoustic panel be used?
Correcting the acoustics of a room has the main benefit of improving the well-being and acoustic comfort of its occupants. Acoustic panels are used when the echo or sound resonance of a room is too strong. This can be due to the materials used in the construction of the building (glass, concrete or metal) or simply because the decoration is too minimalist.
Echoing sound can often give the impression that there is an unpleasant background noise. Due to the increase in the volume of the sound. Rooms with an excessively high resonance result in an irrevocable loss of intelligibility, which leads to tiredness and lack of concentration for their occupants.
An acoustic panel is typically composed of:
- An absorbent foam for acoustic purposes
- A single-colour or printed fabric cover
Acoustic absorption should not be confused with insulation
Echoes and sound pollution coming from outside or from one room to another can be reduced thanks to acoustic insulation, which is typically achieved by fitting solid boards at the moment the building is constructed. Acoustic panels are thus not the right solution for insulating spaces that suffer from noise pollution originating from the outside. Their main role is to absorb sound coming from within the room in question.
The different roles of an acoustic panel
Depending on how they are installed, acoustic panels can perform various roles:
- Absorbing sound
- Reducing sound pollution
- Acoustic correction
The configuration will vary depending on requirements. Acoustic panels will be installed differently in a meeting room compared with in an open-space office, for example. Depending on the source of the noise pollution and the configuration of the space, acoustic panels can be placed in various locations.
Did you know?
A sound wave is multidirectional – it spreads out across an entire room and towards all of the elements in the room. Sound waves hit whatever they encounter – walls, ceilings, furniture and people. When a sound wave encounters an object, part of it travels through it and out the other side, part of it is bounced off and part of it is absorbed. The role of acoustic panels and acoustic elements is thus to increase the extent to which sound waves hitting them are absorbed, in order to reduce their intensity and echo.
The visual appeal of acoustic panels
As we said before, acoustic panels can also improve the visual appearance of a room. They can be customised and adapted to the spirit and colours of any company. You can choose a printed, single-colour or mottled finish, different shapes and colours and with or without a frame, even adding lights, before finding the right spot on your wall, on your ceiling or in the middle of the room.
The possibilities are unlimited. Are you up to the challenge?
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