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How to Select Acoustic Ceiling Panels?

There are so many soundproofing solutions available today that make soundproofing public buildings, offices etc. quite easy. There are many elements that can be made as acoustic panels. Before you start purchasing soundproof items, you have to consider how sound is reflected in the room. The windows, tile floors, metal ceilings etc. can reflect sound and it can generate a high level of noise. And when this happens in a public setting such as a restaurant, it can affect customer experience to a great degree.

In this article, we are looking at acoustic ceiling panels and how you can choose a panel with high performance for your specific requirement. Acoustic panels are popular acoustic solutions you will come across. These panels can absorb sound and reduce background noise. It works by decreasing echo and reverberation. There are a few factors you have to consider when selecting acoustic ceiling panels. The materials for these are generally acoustic fibre-glass with the most popular fabric being used in it being woven polyester.

You have to consider the thickness of the panel required for the installation. This will depend on the type of space you are installing the panel in and your expectations regarding noise reduction. You can rely on the supplier of the ceiling panels to recommend a thickness that will achieve what you are looking for. Generally, a panel that is an inch thick can provide sufficient sound insulation all the while being affordable.

There are also different specifications you can check such as the level of fire resistance, reflectivity and resistance to humidity. Fire resistance properties may be included in your building code so you can refer to this before purchasing the panels. Especially in public buildings, aesthetics is very important so that the visitors to the building have a good impression. You can choose acoustic ceiling panels that can elevate the appearance of the room and brings a touch of interest to it. There are acoustic panels with different designs and graphics that can be used in a location of your choice to great effect. Many architects and designers love to work with these panels as they are both functional and aesthetically appealing.

You can find these acoustic panels in a variety of patterns and textures. There are even 3D panels that come with unique surfaces and this can add to the ambience of the room in a subtle way. You have to check the noise reduction coefficient or NRC of the panel as this is what indicates the effectiveness of the panel in absorbing sound. This ranges between 0 and 1 and a higher value points towards higher performance.

You can select the size of acoustic panels you need. The size of the panels can also have an effect on the room. If there already is a framework for the ceiling, you can look into sizes that can accommodate this so as to bring the cost of the project down. Some acoustic ceiling panels are light reflective and this will reduce your utility costs as well.

the authorDarlaJacobson