Gymnasiums are mostly big, over-sized, shoe box shaped rooms with 3 sets of parallel surfaces. All the surfaces are typically hard and reflective, with floors, ceilings and perimter walls absorbing less than 5% of the sound wave reflections within the space. As the gym fills with people, whether for classes, sporting events, public speakers, musicals or any other function a gym may host, the acoustics within the space play a key role in determing its overall user friendliness.
As sounds are generated with the gym, echoes begin to carry and bounce off all the hard surfaces in the gym. This causes background noise that elevates the overall exposure to unwelcome decibel levels of sound. To produce a more user friendly space, a soundproofing treatment can easliy be installed into the room to capture and convert the unwelcome echoes. This process includes the introduction of a set of sound panels that can either wall or ceiling mounted within the space to capture the echoes and slow the level of sound wave reflection. In turn, the sound panels force the collapse of the background noise, delivering greater clarity to original sound. From guest speakers to gym teachers, band directors to referees, the impact that a sound conditioned gym will have is immeasureable. The space will be rendered user friendly and available to host more and more functions to the satisfaction of all who use them.
The next time you are in a gymasium, look around to the perimeter walls and ceiling surfaces. if you see large panels anywhere, rest assured they are there to absorb the echoes. The key to the success of a sound panel treatment in a gymnasium soundproofing treatment is all about quantities. If the right product is selected, but the wrong amount is installed into the room, the sound values will collapse. At NetWell Noise Control, we safeguard to not under-treat a space by running a complimentary Room Analysis to help determine both product selection and quantities appropriate based on the size, shape and surface textures in the gym before we get started.
Most of our gym treatments target the installation of a set of sound baffles to be suspended vertically between joists in an open metal deck setting. The baffles are suspended vertically, tucked up in between the joists for easy installation and safe keeping. Keep them 3-5′ clear of sprinkler heads, ventilation and lighting. They are called VET Baffles, are class A fire rated, available in dozens of colors, are waterproof, and easy to self install. Again, call our help desk with your gym’s dimensions to help determine how many of these 2’x4′ baffles you will need to produce the values your gym deserves.
For lower ceiling heights, less than 20′, or for finished ceilings with flush mount or recessed lights, sound baffles are usually not the product of choice. Here, the soundproofing treatment would target a perimeter wall treatment, positioning a set of cloth wrapped sound panels around the top 1/3 of the wallspace around the room. These sound panels are called Fabric Panels. They are not crash pads for down low under your basketball hoops, but intead are intended to surface mount up high on the walls. We dip the edges in an epoxy to render them crushproof and safe for use in a gym environment. Clips are attached to the backside of the panels, with mating clips sent with the order. Clients mechancially affix these Fabric Panels to the walls, so they are portable.
In either case, a wall or ceiling mount sound panel treatment, soundproofing a gym is not brain surgery. The treatment is straight forward, takes 4 weeks to produce, 2-3 days to self install, and the gym will produce dozens of more user friendly years for all the various events it will host. We have serviced tens of thousands of spaces spanning over 22 years, and are confident that if your gym needs a soundproofing treatment, NetWell Noise Control can easiliy replicate for you what our track record has demonstrated over and over again.
Got a noisy gym space? Call NetWell Noise Control at 1-800-368-9355 today or check us online at www.controlnoise.com.