If you are experiencing unwelcome levels of noise in your space, and want to lower the level of echo, a series of wall or ceiling mounted sound panels is your answer. Place them in your room, they’ll absorb echoes, lower noise levels, and deliver back great quality sound. Here are 9 tips for choosing your panels:
1. Fire Ratings. Fiberglass panels are class A fire rated. Most foam panels are not. If you are in a public venue, or near high heat sources, go with fiberglass panels. See Fabric Panels.
2. Durability. Foam panels will deteriorate over time, crumbling to dust and becoming less and less effective. Their average shelf life is about 7 years. Foam is great for music rooms, studio settings, drum booths, etc..but not public venues such as gymnasiums.
3. Beauty. Foam panels are sculpted to deliver a variety of patterns. But fiberglass panels are wrapped in colored cloth.
4. Thickness. Thicker panels absorb more low base frequency noise than thinner panels do. If you have drums, get 3″ thick foam or 2″ thick fiberglass panels. If your noise source is human voice, thinner panels will work great. 2″ thick foam or 1″ thick fiberglass panels. See Pyramids.
5. Placement. Despite what you may have been told, the location of your panels doesn’t matter so long as the right amount of material is introduced into your space.
6. If your perimeter walls are glass, cabinetry, doors stages and other obstructions, then take the same panel system and “float” it as a cloud over the top of the room. See Ceiling Clouds.
7. Weather. If your treatment is outdoors, do not use foam. Get fiberglass panels that upgrade to an outdoor silicone skin. See QBO Blankets.
8. Moisture. If you need moisture resistant panels, again, don’t buy foam. It can’t take moisure. Get a fiberglass panel with a waterproof membrane. See Clean Room Panels.
9. Baffles. Rather than surface mounting a sound panel flush to your wall or ceilng surface, consider suspending a vertical sound panel that will expose both sides to the room. This will increase your absorptioni coefficients. See VET Baffles.
Questions? Call NetWell Noise Control for more help in selecting your sound panels. 1-800-638-9355.