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How Different Mounting Methods Impact Acoustic Panels

Acoustic panels are essential tools in creating environments with optimal sound quality. Whether they are placed in an office, school, recording studio, or home theatre, these panels are designed to absorb sound waves, reduce reverberation and improve sound clarity. One crucial factor, that is often overlooked, is how the mounting method impacts their acoustic performance and cost.

The Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) is a metric used to measure the effectiveness of a material at absorbing sound. It ranges from 0 to 1, where a higher number indicates better sound absorption. As a general guideline, an NRC of 0 means the material reflects all sound, while an NRC of 1 means it absorbs all sound.

The mounting method of acoustic panels may significantly influence the NRC rating and overall effectiveness. Adding an air gap behind acoustic panels generally improves their acoustic rating but can impact effectiveness at specific frequencies. Choosing an acoustic panel that doesn't need airspace, might be more cost-effective compared to panels needing furring or additional insulation. These factors are crucial when evaluating different acoustic panels.

There are many ways to mount acoustic panels, but some of the most common are:

  • Type A mounting generally refers to mounting the acoustic panels onto a flat surface, such as a wall or ceiling, using adhesive or fasteners. This method results in minimal or no air gap between the panel and the surface.

  • Type A Modified mounting is a variation of Type A mounting where additional measures are taken to create an air gap between the panel and the wall or ceiling. This could involve using spacers or mounting brackets to hold the panel away from the surface.

  • Type E mounting involves using a specialized mounting system that incorporates both mechanical fastening and an air gap. This mouthing method is most common with a dropped ceiling or acoustic clouds.

Although the quality of materials in acoustic panels is crucial, their acoustic performance and overall cost are significantly influenced by their mounting method. When specifying and comparing acoustic panels, it's vital to consider the mounting method used during testing and the one planned for the project. Understanding these differences is essential for achieving desired acoustic results while managing costs effectively.

We offer a wide variety of products to help with your acoustic needs. Acoustic Wood Walls and Ceilings, Acoustic Mullion Trim, Sound Blocking and/or Sound Absorbing Curtains, and Acoustic Fibreglass Wall and Ceilings. If you have any questions or need assistance, reach out to your local representative.





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