Acoustic Panels

How Do Sound Insulating Panels Work?

Acoustic panels provide the perfect sound absorption materials for deadening and dampening sound in restaurants, offices and many more spaces. We have a number of sound insulating panel styles to choose from including standard fabric-wrapped panels, perforated wood and water resistant acoustic panels. What makes Soundproof Cow unique is that we do acoustic panels in style.

Some of our top-selling sound absorption products are art acoustic panels. Instead of a flat, single color, Soundproof Cow can produces art acoustic panels that are made to order, meaning you send us an image and we customize a one of a kind acoustic panel for you. It’s that easy. Just because you have to soundproof a space doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Check out the Soundproof Cow acoustic panels now.

How Do Acoustic Panels Work?

Composed of compressed mineral wool or foam, sound absorbing acoustic panels absorb sound waves to reduce general noise, clarify speech and limit reverberation within enclosed areas. Using acoustic panels essentially “cleans” an area of unnecessary sound debris that makes it impossible to hear a lecturer speak, enjoy beautiful music or record something as crisply as possible.

When sound waves travel through the air and strike wall- or ceiling-mounted noise reducing panels, fiberglass fibers or foam pores vibrate, increasing friction among the pores or fibers. These vibrations quickly reach a point where enough friction is created for the conversion of sound energy to kinetic (heat) energy, which is simply the energy of an object in motion. Since kinetic energy can’t be contained, it dissipates quickly, leaving no sound waves and, naturally, no sound.

Thicker sound absorbing wall panels reflect, absorb and dissipate more sound waves. How many acoustic panels you have stationed within an enclosed area also influences the amount of sound reduction experienced in the room. To determine how many sound insulating panels you need to accommodate your needs, Soundproof Cow offers room analysis services to provide data regarding the number of panels necessary to absorb and convert sound waves.

Do Acoustic Panels and Noise Reduction Panels Both Block Noise?

Noise reducing and acoustic panels also control noise “junk” — like echoes, reverberation, muffling, etc. The best sound absorption panels are fabric-wrapped fiberglass panels, which offer superior noise control for a wide range of applications. They’re also available in a variety of sizes, colors and types to address your budgetary and design requirements.

Our custom acoustic panels are built to your exact specifications. Whether they’re made of Class A fire-rated acoustic foam, perforated wood or fabric-wrapped acoustic panels provided by Soundproof Cow, they’re easy to install, aesthetically pleasing and mountable for temporary or permanent installation.

What Is the Difference Between Sound Insulating Panels and Sound Absorbing Wall Panels?

Some acoustic tiles are better at absorbing echoes within a room, some excel at stopping or blocking sound and others (called composite acoustic panels) do both.

Sound absorbing panels tend to be lighter products that may feel cushion-like to the touch. Capable of “softening” room surfaces, these panels suppress echoes in larger areas such as auditoriums, banquet halls and gymnasiums, so that everyone can understand speakers and enjoy musical events without straining to listen.

Understanding why rooms permit the echoing of sounds is comparable to a gym with walls 24 inches thick. Clapping your hands anywhere in this gym creates a distinct echo that takes a few seconds before dissipating. Imagine you’ve got access to 100 small rubber balls with super-bouncing properties. If you start throwing all these bouncy balls in all directions, they’ll bounce like crazy everywhere in the gym. Eventually, they’ll stop bouncing because they’ve used up their kinetic energy.

Now consider lining the gym’s walls and ceiling with sound absorbing panels and throwing those 100 bouncy balls the same way you threw them before installing acoustic panels. When the bouncy balls hit the walls and ceilings this time, they don’t bounce. And that’s because each ball’s energy (which you gave to the ball) is absorbed by the foam in the acoustic panels. Essentially, sound waves are super bouncy balls that bounce of hard surfaces but are absorbed by soft, absorbent surfaces.

Denser, heavier noise reduction panels provide sound blocking properties by decoupling walls so that one side of a wall does not present a hard, nonporous surface. Building more mass into any wall increases its ability to block sound.

Before deciding what kind of noise reduction panels you want, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to absorb echoes or block/reduce noise interference?
  • What kind of surfaces and dimensions does the area present?
  • What kind of sounds do I want to absorb/block/clarify?
  • Is the area used more for speaking engagements, music shows or recording purposes? Is it a commercial-type area involving groups of people meeting, dining, etc?

Soundproof Cow is Here to Help When You Need It

 We are fascinated by acoustics and we aren’t ashamed to admit we live, eat and breath all aspects of the soundproofing and noise reduction products industry! In fact, we’ve proved that by remaining one of the leading providers of soundproofing materials for over two decades. Combine that with the best customer service you’ll find supporting any business, and we believe you’ve found your go-to place for all your soundproofing and noise absorption needs.

Start making your world a clearer, less noise-cluttered place by calling our team of acoustic experts today at 1-866-949-9269.

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