In formulating an effective sound-proofing measure in an office, we have several focal points in mind. In a converted warehouse etc, brick walls and ceilings unfortunately create the perfect environment for echo and reverberation.
Whilst this is great for live music, it can be a wholly distracting issue for a business meeting. At the same time, we wouldn’t want to dilute the rustic charm that these old buildings convey to visitors. Nor would we we want to perform invasive acoustic “surgery” on buildings that have stood for over a century.
With this in mind, the most logical solution is to attach soundproof panels to the walls. This way we can break the “barrier of sound” being creating by the solid brickwork, without hiding it completely from sight and ruining the office’s aesthetic.
We use Sonata Vario Panels attached to both the walls and the ceilings. We choose these Panels for a number of reasons. The high-quality components they’re made of make for quality soundproofing coverage, and they are designed to be used sporadically, not as a complete wall covering. Our favourite thing about them though, is they’re made with all necessary parts for installation and can attach to many environments.
An added benefit is that the panels can be designed and redesigned to suit the interior space it protects. This adds a discrete and fashionable element to the solution.
A real soundproofing engineer favourite, the Sonata Vario Panels feature a lightweight metal backing frame to the rear. This helps with precision alignment in installation, and versatility in application.
This rigid and robust product’s unique fixing method allows for the panel to be installed flush against a surface or, more usually, leaving an airspace behind.
Sonata Vario Panels, a high performance acoustic panel made from Basotect Acoustic Foam, an ingredient usually used in acoustically translucent covering fabrics.
Drills, screws and elbow grease!
In testing and previous projects, we have found that opting for the latter improves the acoustic performance greatly. We could then use less of them, with the same effectiveness and then could keep that beautiful brick-work in full(ish) view and their costs down.
- Using our own Floorscan Reverberation Time Calculation Graph, we work out the exact number of panels required for each project.
- We then design the locations in which they would be most effective.
- Once the panel locations have been measured and marked onto the walls and ceilings, fixing holes are drilled and we secure the mounting brackets into place.
At Floorscan, we believe in doing the job right, and not over-doing it. If you work out of a space like this or a listed building with similar issues, you may wonder how to strike a balance between retaining character and adding functionality. Please call us for a free consultation.