Reverberation in rooms with lots of hard surfaces is often a problem because it distorts sounds sometimes making speech difficult to hear clearly. This is a noise problem that has been identified in schools and other education establishments and legislation has now been introduced to ensure that all new school buildings along with the common areas of flats has the correct amount of sound absorption installed to minimise this reverberation otherwise known as the echo effect. This is when sound bounces off all the hard surfaces in a room for usually in excess of three seconds, so when continual noise is occurring, the echo effect will be ongoing. This makes hearing particularly difficult and more so when several people are all talking at once or if music is being played. One of the most popular of our sound absorbing products is our 25mm Wallsorption sound absorbing panels that are tough, fabric coated sound absorber that can be supplied in a variety of different colours from our range. Wallsorption panels are available in most sizes up to a maximum of 1200 x 2700mm and are often supplied to schools, for use in common areas of flats, reception areas of businesses, community halls, restaurants, offices and anywhere else where sound absorption is required to reduce reverberation that will have a pleasing effect on the eye. All Wallsorption products are made to order and usually delivered in seven days from receipt of order. They are easily fixed to walls using our special Sta-Put aerosol contact adhesive or using our Perimeter and jointing trims when necessary.
The Wallsorption sound absorbing panels fit very nicely with our Cloudsorption sound absorbing panels and these are supplied with fixings to aid suspension from a ceiling. When suspended, Cloudsorption panels are more efficient because they absorb noise from below and also noise that bounces back from the ceiling. Cloudsorption sound absorbing panels can be suspended at different heights overlapping each other to give more of a cloud effect, hence the name or they can be bonded directly to a ceiling. They are the same as the Wallsorption in thickness and sizes along with the same choice of colours from our range.
When calculating the amount of sound absorption required in a room, if budget allows you are not far off reaching the preferred level of reduced reflected noise if you can install what is equal in square area to the floor so if the floor has a total of 60m2 then 60m2 of sound absorption will be required that can be installed onto the ceiling, walls or both. This would bring the decay rate of noise which is the time taken for noise to stop echoing down to around one second. When you consider the decay rate before installation of any sound absorption would have been three seconds or more, a substantial improvement would be noticeable. For more information on our sound absorbing products, go to the commercial side of our web site www.soundservice.co.uk then cligo to Sound Absorbers where you will find a drop down menu giving access to sound absorbing products for walls, ceilings, studio acoustics, industrial foam and others.