Office soundproofing – The Installers View
One of the most common office soundproofing enquiries we receive is ‘a noisy office environment’. The problem is the noise transfer between rooms, for example a conference room that is partitioned off from the main office floor but still incorporates the main office suspended ceiling.
Clients struggling to cope with the noise; entering and leaving a conference room making presentations, confidential meetings and video conferencing difficult and unprofessional.
Although the majority of suspended ceilings we investigate already have a basic insulation; the insulation is normally not dense enough and offers no sound absorption and does very little to barrier the noise transfer between rooms. Some of the soundproofing enquiries we receive come from accountancy firms where client confidentiality is very important, it is not very professional if the confidential meetings are not really confidential!
Large boardrooms with dividing bi-folding doors are also another common enquiry, although it appears to be the doors that are letting the sound through, the problem is most commonly noise transferring over the bi-folding doors through the suspended ceiling system. It can usually be treated quite quickly with minimal disruption.
Suspended ceilings were originally designed for aesthetic reasons and to provide easy access for repairs and inspection to the air ducting, lighting, sprinkler systems and these days communication cabling, all installed in the void above the suspended ceiling tiles.
Although the acoustic performance of particular ceiling tiles has dramatically improved over the years, they are unfortunately not so good at blocking sound or tackling the noise transfer between rooms.
There are many solutions to meet all budgets and every project is different, however, most cases require us to treat the ceiling and occasionally fit a new door.
Our ceiling products are designed to both absorb sound within a room and reflect sound back into the room. We will install sound proofing insulation designed for suspended ceilings to reduce room to room sound transfer of noise.
We will also beat any like for like quote *!
*quote needs to be from an independent soundproofing company using like for like materials
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