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Effective sound absorption and noise reduction in our home and workplace
The “plague” of our time is noise pollution
Nowadays, loud, constant noises are one of the most serious problems. They also have a negative impact on our physical and mental health. Unpleasant noises degrade our memory and performance, and concentration can become more difficult. Persistent noises can cause tension, nervousness, and even headaches, digestive, and heart problems. Therefore, noise reduction and sound insulation are very important. A calm, peaceful environment improves our mood and promotes efficient work and creative thinking.
Acoustics for a musical experience
It is not only useful to treat rooms with acoustic elements to exclude noise. Listening to music or watching movies can only provide the maximum experience if the surround sound is ideal. The acoustics of studios and cinemas are improved by using sound-absorbing and diffuse acoustic panels. The most important thing is to dampen the unpleasant reflections and standing waves. In sound recording studios, recordings with flawless sound can only be recorded if the acoustics of the room are impeccable. This requires elements made of materials that have excellent acoustic properties. In addition to walls, ceilings, corners and window surfaces, attention should also be paid to the acoustic treatment of floors.
Parquet, linoleum or tile floors are not able to absorb the right amount of sound, but all sounds are reflected concentrated in one direction. The resulting echoes significantly degrade the sound.
What is an acoustic carpet?
Acoustic carpets, thanks to their sound-absorbing material, isolate sounds, can be placed on any type of floor, and are available in a wide range of colours and patterns, as well as sizes. Acoustic carpets are densely woven, multi-layered, unlike traditional carpets. In addition to practicality, acoustic carpets can also be decorative home accessories for our home.
In which rooms is it recommended to place sound-absorbing mats?
Acoustic carpets can be placed in offices, studios, conference rooms, schools, hospitals, commercial and catering units, hotels, workshops, warehouses and of course even in our homes and cinemas can be an ideal choice for more beautiful sound and noise reduction.
The main features of acoustic carpets:
They are made of high-density, multi-layered material. They have excellent sound absorption properties, are non-flammable and easy to clean.
Acoustic carpets have sound absorption and noise insulation. They effectively absorb footsteps and airborne sounds. Nowadays, open-plan offices are becoming more common, facilitating joint, creative work, bringing employees closer together and facilitating communication. But in addition to its many advantages, open spaces also have disadvantages. One of the biggest concerns can be office noise. The constant noise of chair legs, computers, telephones, and other office equipment, the sound of conversations all interfere with work.
According to a Danish study, more than half of workers are adversely affected by ever-present noises, absenteeism, sickness rates increase, and mood and performance deteriorate dramatically. It is therefore very important that noise reduction is taken into account as a primary consideration in the interior design of workplaces. Unfortunately, this is not yet a common practice today, standard building materials are not suitable for either sound absorption or sound insulation.
The corridors of hotels and boarding houses are constantly in high traffic, many people travel through them not only during the day, but also at night, so it is absolutely necessary to reduce the noise of knocking steps so that guests who want to relax are not disturbed by anything.
Studios, our home
Acoustic carpets also do a good service in our home or studio. They contribute to the attenuation of footsteps in condominiums and to the creation of ideal acoustics in studios and cinemas. Sound insulation is also important in studios and rehearsal rooms, as it is not certain that the residents of the neighboring flats and buildings appreciate the continuous music and orchestral rehearsals.
It is also necessary to reduce the noise of tools, machines and vehicles in workshops and plants, and sound insulation of the floor can help a lot in this problem.
It is recommended to place a washer made of a thicker material on the back of the acoustic carpets to increase the efficiency of sound absorption.
How much sound can acoustic carpets absorb?
The sound absorption efficiency of each rug depends largely on their material. Acoustic carpets can also be made of wool, cotton, linen, felt or PVC. What these materials have in common is that, due to their structure, they are absolutely suitable for acoustic purposes. It is important that these carpets are densely woven or multi-layered, and the washer attached to the back can further enhance the sound absorption.
What considerations should we consider when buying soundproofing mats?
Always be carefully informed about the size, material and sound absorption of the carpets. Think about what kind of room you want to use the carpets for.
What material of carpet should we choose?
This, of course, depends on what room you want to use it for. For industrial use, workshops, warehouses obviously do not have to be placed the same type as in an apartment or studio, hotel. In industrial use, the most important properties are: durability, chemistry, resistance to chemicals and moisture, and non-flammability. In apartments, obviously, appearance is also very important, as it also determines the atmosphere of our everyday living space.
Can I put acoustic carpets on the walls?
If you want this, of course, there are no obstacles, but if you really want to create the perfect acoustics in your room, we recommend acoustic sound-absorbing and diffuse panels for the walls, made of wood, aesthetically pleasing and specially developed for this purpose. (An average carpet can absorb sounds above 1 Khz, but the panels can handle sounds as early as 30 Hz.) Lay the carpets on the floor surfaces, as this is how they can provide the expected result.
Can I use this traditional rug for noise reduction, sound absorption?
Ordinary carpets can also reduce noise to some extent, but their efficiency is not even close to that of acoustic or soundproof carpets! An average carpet will result in a reduction in knocking sound of roughly 10-15 dB, with sound-absorbing carpets increasing the amount of absorbed noise by a minimum of +30 Decibels. They are at least 60% more effective in terms of noise reduction than smooth carpets. The less densely woven and fully enclosed backed rugs reflect sound, so they are not suitable for sound absorption at all. The back of the acoustic mats is open, with washers that effectively absorb sounds. (e.g. felt) Real Persian rugs are very good sound absorbers, but not everyone can afford them.
Is it enough to just use these soundproofing carpets to create the perfect acoustics?
No! Covering the floor does not yet eliminate the unpleasant echoes reflected from flat, large walls, ceilings and window surfaces. Perfect Acoustic’s high-quality, hand-made acoustic panels can be fixed to walls and ceilings, and acoustic curtains provide a solution for the acoustic treatment of window surfaces.
How much surface is it recommended to cover with carpets?
The larger, contiguous floor area it is recommended to cover – the more effective the sound absorption and noise reduction will be.
Don’t sweep problems under the carpet!
Soundproofing floors is an essential condition for a more livable, calm environment. If you often have a party in your apartment or go home at night, get acoustic rugs to avoid conflicts with your neighbors so you can ensure peaceful coexistence. Carpets significantly reduce unwanted noise, and the reverberation time is halved.
What is impact noise?
In households, about 60% of noise complaints are impact noise, which spreads primarily through the floor. Step sounds, objects, furniture, elevators, technical equipment..etc. they make these annoying noises. Rugs can absorb up to ten times more sound than a smooth, hard floor. As the basic noise will be lower, there will be no need to talk loudly or listen to music, our living space will be quieter and more pleasant, we can also maintain a good relationship with the neighborhood.
Let’s see how the level of shock absorption changes for different floors!
WOOD FLOOR: CONCRETE FLOOR:
Laminated wood paneling (without washer): 0dB 0dB
Laminated wood cover (with washer): 1dB 6dB
Average carpet (without washer): 9dB 25dB
Carpet (with washer): 17 pcs 34 pcs
Acoustic carpet (without washer) 27dB-40dB
Airborne sounds propagate through the air. Examples include speech sounds, dog barking, car noise, and music. Acoustic mats also perform well in attenuating this type of noise.
Did you know that….
- sound-absorbing carpets are used on motor vehicles, aircraft and trains to reduce noise.
- noise-reducing carpets are also used in concert halls, theaters, performance halls and offices to optimize the acoustics of the space.
Let’s also look at the statistics on how serious noise is today:
- 23% of the Dutch adult population is annoyed by noise filtered through from neighbours.
- In Germany, only 10% of residents do not hear or find disturbing noise from neighbours, but 90% are forced to hear it if they want to or not.
- In the UK, 75% of noise complaints concerned home-based noise pollution between 2001 and 2002. The number of these types of complaints has increased by 350% in 17 years!
- The noise load is understandably higher in the cities (today the cities are on average 30 times noisier than during World War II!), 23-24% of the inhabitants complain about the noise, in the villages and smaller settlements only 10-10, 5% complain about the noise.
Carpet types from an acoustic point of view:
Persian rug: By far the best acoustic rug, but it has a rather stiff price, not everyone can afford it.
The most expensive Persian rugs:
In 2013, a 17th century Persian rug sold for $ 33.7 million at an auction in New York!
Orange shaggy rug: In the 1970s, many studios used this type of rug on the walls as it has very good sound absorbing properties.
Wool rug: Natural material : Better sound absorber than cotton.
Felt pad: Very good sound absorbing material, ideal for acoustic carpets. (Felt can be wool or cheaper synthetic materials.)
When improving the acoustics of a room, we do not neglect the floors. Although traditional rugs can absorb all sounds, we prefer acoustic rugs. Due to their thicker, denser material, they are much better suited for sound insulation and acoustic purposes. It is important that they consist of several layers. They can be made of several materials depending on the area of use. In our homes, hotels, studios, performance and concert halls, in addition to efficiency, aesthetics and ease of cleaning are also important.
Perfect Acoustic also performs on-site and online acoustic measurements to help determine exactly where, what type and quantity of acoustic element is recommended to be placed. Contact us with confidence!