When You Need Sound Absorbing Panels

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Do you have a noise problem?

If so, you may feel frustrated and unsure of how to solve it. After all, who should you contact, and what should you ask for?

When it comes to soundproofing, your best bet may be to turn to sound absorbing panels. But how effective are these devices, and will they deliver a solution that suits your specific needs?

Absolutely! That is, if you work with experts who understand the technology behind sound dampening. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at sound absorption and soundproofing materials and how to make them work for you.

Sound Dampening 101: Soundproofing Versus Sound Absorbing Panels

Before diving into different products that help with sound issues, let’s discuss a couple of basic principles. We need to understand the differences between sound-absorbing and soundproofing technology. We’ll start by discussing sound absorbing panels.

As the name suggests, these products are crafted from materials that absorb the echo within a room. You’ll find this technology used in studios and other musical areas where the acoustics sound too “bright” or too echoey for clean performances.

In other words, echo absorbing products ensure the best sound quality possible. Technicians install them inside a ceiling or wall. For this reason, they’re considered part and parcel of construction materials. They often prove heavy or dense, and they reflect sound back into the room.

As for soundproofing? The term refers to products that reduce or stop noise altogether. For example, if you live near the airport, you may add soundproofing to your home to mitigate the roar of planes flying overhead.

You’ll also find some panels designed to kill two birds with one stone. In other words, these products will actually cut echo while deadening sound and are known as composites.

When to Use Panels and Why

Now you’re familiar with the different types of technology out there. But how to use panels? It depends on whether you wish to go the DIY or professional route.

People come up with incredibly innovative, albeit unattractive, ways to soundproof their living and work spaces on a shoestring. We’ve seen everything from fabric-wrapped acoustical panels to moving blankets nailed to the wall.

Fortunately, there are better, more attractive approaches to making a room sound absorbent. They include the traditional way of absorbing echo, acoustical foam panels. You’ll also find professional-looking, high-tension stretch wall systems and even eco-friendly echo eliminators (a.k.a. CFAB cellulose).

What if you’ve got a significant budget and want to ensure the panels you buy look fantastic? Then, opt for PolyMax acoustical panels. These beauties walk a perfect line between performance, cost, and esthetics.

Harness the Acoustics of Your Space

As you can see, you’ve got a variety of options when it comes to choosing the right noise modifying technologies and materials for your space. You’ll need to make a decision about your ultimate goals when it comes to sound absorbing panels versus soundproofing technology. And you’ll also want to consider how to balance esthetics and pricing.

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