Acoustic panels are used to improve the sound in spaces through sound-wave absorption.
There is a delicate balance between creating environments that not only look good but feel good to be in and acoustics can greatly influence the latter by absorbing sound and reducing noise. In certain spaces, such as offices and learning facilities where sound management is especially important, acoustic panels are impactful in quieting a space and facilitating productivity.
How do acoustics panels work?
Sound waves can be reflected or absorbed, and the science of acoustics is largely about what to reflect, what to transmit, and what to absorb. Sound travels until it meets resistance (for example a wall), at which point it reflects off. Acoustic panels work by absorbing this sound.
Acoustic panels vary in material and design and each of these elements works differently to manage the absorption of sound.
What are acoustic panels made from?
Most acoustic panels are made from a combination of timber with a sound-absorbing backing material. In the Decor Systems range, you will also find acoustic products made from materials such as fibre cement, plasterboard and mineral wool.
When should you use acoustic panels?
Acoustic panels are used to manage sound in spaces where the echo or sound resonance is too strong. This is generally caused by the palette of materials used, for example, glass, concrete and metal, that resists the absorption of sound waves. Acoustic panels can be applied to ceilings and walls to absorb sound and thus reduce noise in the environment.
Do acoustic panels actually work?
Yes, acoustic panels work incredibly well to manage sound within a space.
An example is the Surry Hills Library and Community Centre in Sydney, NSW, designed by Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT). It was intended to meet the various needs of the local community and includes an integrated local library, community centre and child care centre. Each space within the centre has very different acoustic requirements which was a challenging aspect of the project.
Decor Systems products were specified to assist with achieving various acoustic quality for different usages within the centre. The inherent high-energy and high-noise of both the childcare and community centre zones required acoustic absorption to allow users to engage and interact without excessive noise carrying into the library.
To achieve this, the architects used pre-finished, fire-rated, perforated acoustic panels (DecorZen and DecorStyle) extensively throughout these spaces, achieving up to 88 per cent of incidental noise absorption.
We have an extensive range of acoustic panels here at Decor Systems and you can view our range today.