For anyone that works in an office environment, background noise is always an issue. When multiple people sit and work in close quarters, all completing their own specific tasks, noise is an inevitable side effect. It can be something as small as the beeping of a computer or phone, or someone tapping their pencil on the desk or something as significant as loud talkers, constant phone calls or construction sounds. Noise, while unavoidable, is also a proven deterrent to productivity. Numerous studies have shown that excessive noise can not only disrupt concentration and make employees less productive, but it can also contribute to anxiety, moodiness, irritation and general low morale.
In order to counter this issue, many offices, especially in sectors like sales or call centres, that involve a lot of talking, have turned to soundproofing offices in a bid to reduce background noise and help employees concentrate better. There are various methods to soundproof a space, and most of them which are effective are quite expensive and may require the space to be cleared for a few days or even weeks. This is why the use of sound absorption panels has risen among those wanting to reduce noise in the office.
What are sound absorbing panels?
Sound absorbing panels are panels made from materials that can dampen and deaden soundwaves in the space, therefore reducing the total amount of noise. These panels mainly stop noise from bouncing off the walls and reverberating or echoing. This technique is effective in cutting down background noise and keeping the room quieter. Sound absorbing panels are made from certain materials that work to soundproof a space. Depending upon the cost, the utility, and the space which is being soundproofed, the materials used will differ considerably.
What are materials used in sound absorbing panels?
- One of the most common materials used in sound absorption is fabric with EcoPro fibre cement boards. The sound absorbing effects are easily observable in everyday life by something like covering a speaker with a cloth and noting the reduction in volume. Fabric is also quite cheap and available in variety of colours, with EcoPro fibre cement boards you can enhance the visual appearance by adding customized and theme-based boards. You can choose a printed, single color or designer boards which comes in various shapes and colors. You can add light or a frame to add more emphasis
- And the 2nd best and most effective material used for sound absorption is foam with Ecopro fibre cement boards. Since foam is lightweight, cheap and easy to install, it is a favourite among all. Furthermore, foam blocks out background noise more effectively than either wood or fabric
Are sound absorbing panels effective?
There are a lot of methods that can be used to soundproof a space. These methods all differ in cost and convenience as well as utility. Various materials such as rubber, vinyl, mass loaded drywall, soundproof sheetrock, etc. can be used in various ways to reduce sound in a room. The more effective a method or material is, the more expensive it is. This is why the most efficient way to soundproof a space should be decided only after looking at the utility. For instance, a music studio would require heavy-duty soundproofing to keep the noise blocked, while a normal household or office would be soundproofed even with medium-efficiency materials.
In an office, most noise is low-decibel, emerging from everyday actions. There isn’t much heavy mechanical or musical noise. This is why sound absorption panels are a great choice for offices. These panels are reasonably good at reducing mid and high-frequency sound waves. They are not very effective at insulating low-frequency sound waves, and therefore cannot entirely block out all noise. However, they can significantly reduce overall noise to a sufficient degree in order to improve the office experience of employees.
According to some studies on average, sound absorption panels can reduce noise levels upto 15 decibels, which is quite significant when you take into consideration that the average noise levels in an office are about 60 decibels high, depending on the type of work done. This shows that these panels are reasonably good at muffling excess background noise, and allowing for better concentration. That, coupled with the affordability and ease of installation of these panels, makes them the perfect choice for offices.
Why EcoPro is best for soundproofing !
Ecopro fibre cement boards contain cellulose fibre and cement, which makes them suitable for insulating airborne and impact noises.
EcoPro is a versatile material and available in different textures and design options. These boards are tested against different standard quality parameters so that you get the best acoustic solutions and the freedom to celebrate your home space your way!
Listed below are some of the major benefits of using ECOPRO sound absorbing panels to improve the acoustic conditions of your place:
- They offer increased sound absorption and reduce the noise level.
- Increased speech intelligibility.
- Increased directional hearing.
- Avoid flutter echo.
- Avoid late sound reflexes
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