Why Are Restaurants So Loud?

Architects, Designers, Builders and Restaurant Owners combine to target wipe-able, cleanable, decorative surfaces in their restaurant projects.   These surfaces can include brick, block, wood, glass, tin, marble, granite, stone and metal.  On average, these surfaces combine to absorb an average of 5% of the sound wave reflections inside the restaurant space.   That leaves the dead air in the space responsible for slowing down the echoes, which doesn’t work all that well.   Echoes can carry for up to 10 seconds in restaurant settings, while human ear’s threshold is 2 seconds or less before the echoes begin to cause acoustic problems.

Sound panels, on the other hand, can effectively absorb up to 80% of the same echo.   When echoes collapse due to the panels absorbing the sound, clarity is delivered back to original speech.   Customers are able to communicate in normal regular tones, rather than raising their voices up and over the background noise in order to sustain conversation.

The key to a successful restaurant soundproofing project lies in getting the numbers right.  Each restaurant has a pre-determined level of square footage of a sound panel treatment, based on the seating area’s shape, size and surface textures.   A simple Room Analysis can be performed to calculate the totals needed.   The panels can then be wrapped in graphics, images, custom paint match, solid color cloth and limitless design options.   The panels can be built to disguise and blend in unnoticed into the room, or become a focal point, a feast for the eyes.   The panels can be wall mounted, or ceiling mounted.

For more information on solving your restaurant noise issues, contact NetWell Noise Control at 1-800-638-9355 or visit them online at www.controlnoise.com.

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