A living room with too much reverberation
In this showcase we explain you how we, together with a customer, improved the acoustics of a living room that contained a lot of hard materials. Consisting of sheet-piling profiles, especially the ceiling caused a lot of reverberation. We devised a unique solution to this sound problem.
The more a room reverberates, the more sound issues at hand. Having conversations can be more difficult: the bigger the distance between you and your correspondent, the stronger the unintelligibility. Because of this, more concentration is required in order to follow conversations, plus, those present need to talk louder. On top of that, music and TV will sound way worse, even though this doesn't have anything to do with the devices themselves. In the long run, bad acoustics may even cause fatigue, headaches, stress or other health issues. This seems terrible, but solving this type of sound issue is easier than you might think.
The sound problem: a steel ceiling made from sheet-piling profiles
Many buildings are equipped with sheet-piling profiles that are used to finish ceilings or walls. These profiles are made from thin steel plate. This material is relatively cheap and lightweight, making it an ideal construction material. Acoustically speaking, quite the opposite is true: the profiles cause lots of reverberation, since they constitute a hard surface. In homes, we don't encounter them a lot yet, but in this customer's living room, the black varnished sheet-piling profiles functioned as the ceiling. Further, the nicely decorated interior consisted of many more additional 'hard' materials (i.e. materials that do not or hardly absorb any sound).
Solution: customised sound absorption using Akotherm
We invited this customer to our showroom in order to work out a solution together. We succeeded by cutting strips from black plates of Akotherm Basic, enough to equip the entire ceiling with sound absorption material. The strips could easily be attached to the ceiling using Stauf Extreme Tack adhesive paste. And due to the colour, they barely stand out against the rest of the ceiling. If your ceiling is white or grey, you can make use of Flamex Basic; same solution, different material. A week after installation we received the following message from this customer:
"The reverberation issue has been solved indeed, what a relief! Now, we can normally talk again and we understand each other well. We can watch television without feeling the need to turn up the volume, whilst perfectly understanding what is being said. The music also comes better into its own. By the way, applying this material was very easy."
Do you also want to improve the acoustics at your home?
Improve the pleasure of living by means of a agreeable acoustic climate. The following tips pages are dedicated to improving the acoustics of your home.
- Reverberation at Home
- Suffering From Reverberation?
- Improving Acoustics in Case of Hearing Impairment
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