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Explaining Acoustic Ceiling and Wall Features

This edition of the Acoustic Influencer explains the basics around acoustic ceiling and wall features. It’s an important topic because sound absorption is a science. There’s a lot more to it than just gluing something on a wall or hanging it from a ceiling.

Acoustic ceiling and wall features are similar in that they both improve sound quality and reduce noise within a space. But they are applied to different surfaces and have different impacts on the overall acoustic environment. Below is a basic rundown, if you’ve got more detailed questions, just contact McIntyre Group — we are here to help.

CEILING FEATURES

These refer to design elements or materials applied to the ceiling of a room or space. They absorb, diffuse or control, sound reflections, and reverberations within a space.

Panels

Typically made of sound absorbing materials and installed to reduce the amount of sound that bounces off hard surfaces. They come in various shapes, sizes and designs to blend in with the overall aesthetics of the space.

Clouds

Suspended from varying heights, these elements help control sound reflections and improve the rooms acoustics by reducing echoes and excessive reverberation.

Baffles

Elongated panels suspended vertically from the ceiling. They can be positioned to create specific sound paths and are particularly effective in open spaces.

Wall Features

These refer to incorporating acoustic treatments directly onto a space’s walls. They serve similar purposes to ceiling features but focus on addressing sound reflections and controlling noise along vertical surfaces.

Fabric Wrap Panels

Mounted on walls, they help reduce sound reflections and improve a space’s overall acoustics by diffusing sound. Fabric panels are designed to scatter sound waves in various directions, helping to evenly distribute them and reduce echoes.

Art Panels

Not surprisingly, these combine sound absorption and artistic design. They improve acoustics and serve as decorative elements.

Perforated Panels

These can either be directly mounted or put up with spacers. The perforations allow sound to pass through and be absorbed by acoustic materials behind them.  They can also allow creative and visually interesting patterns. For instance, a pixelated circle where holes a sound to enter through the panel and then bounce it around and off the wall before its absorbed by the acoustic material.

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