How To Fit Acoustic Panels

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Wall Locations

If you are fixing acoustic panels on the wall, you are hanging mass that will have the wall as its vertical support. One reccomnedation is to use our Self Adhesive backing. However, you can hang the panels using a picture type of arrangement. You can use eye screws and wire to create the same support system as you would use with a picture frame. This methodology will work for panels of average size and weight. You will need a foam panel that has a wood frame or some other attachment surface area to screw the attachment screws into. If you choose not to use this method you and you have a foam panel that you can screw through the frame into the wall. If the wall is drywall then you will need to place anchors in the drywall for the screws to go into. Do not screw directly into the drywall unless you can find a stud to screw into. You can always use a fast setting tube adhesive to bond your acoustic panel directly to the wall. Spread the adhesive in a zigzag formation and affix to the wall level.

Ceiling Locations

Ceiling locations are more difficult. If you have a drop ceiling with a metal suspension grid, you can install the foam panels on the existing ceiling tile. We have created a product where our foam/PET was designed to absorb sound is attached to the existing ceiling tile and supported by the ceiling grid system. Most ceiling tiles within a drop ceiling system do not do a good job of absorbing energy. We have taken this existing system and attached our Mtech Foam. Our foam technology was specifically designed to absorb sound such as music and voice. It has the correct rate and level of absorption to absorb just enough of the excess energy within a room to increase speech intelligibility without making the room too dead.

Reverberation

Reverberation is the summation of all the reflections from the room surface areas. We have reflections from the four walls, floor, and ceiling. If you add up all the reflected energy from our room boundary surfaces, you achieve an Rt-60 time. The reflections from each surface area need to be treated with sound-absorbing materials. This is the number we assign to all of the reflections within the room. You must analyse the reflections from each wall surface. Each wall surface area can radiate a certain frequency and amplitude (strength) We continually see people installing foam panels that are not the correct type or amount to deal with the energy each wall surface

TAP: Type, Amount, Position

Once you realize you have a problem, you must then figure out how large of an issue you have. This calculation will determine the type of sound absorption material you will use. Calculating the amount can be difficult and is best left to a professional especially in a commercial room. The position of the treatment is another issue. You must decide which walls are the most offending and treat those walls or ceiling first. We leave the floor for last in most calculations. Since people sit or stand on the floor, we make the calculation on the surface area from the people. In acoustics, people are equal to 12 square feet of carpeting. We know this absorption coefficient from years of testing and treating rooms. It is best to focus on the four walls first and then the ceiling if required.

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