The Sweet Sound of Silence – The Benefits of Soundproofing and Acoustic Insulation
Recent years have seen a considerable shift in awareness towards the importance of ergonomics and well being in the built environment. While the research into the effects of interior environments on physical and emotional health is certainly not a new development, public awareness and the general acceptance of its importance is stronger than ever before. All aspects of an interior space can have significant impact on well being, from light levels and temperature, to seating height and window placement. However, one of the most fundamental considerations in improving comfort levels can be attributed to the acoustic response of a space.
Most people are familiar with the substantial effect that sound levels can have in a given environment. Excess noise from neighbouring properties, traffic, or even sound transfer from adjacent spaces can quickly become frustrating. It is well documented how extended exposure to such disruption can have a noticeably detrimental effect on the daily life and health of a person suffering from these kinds of environmental effects. Similarly, poor acoustics resulting in unwanted echo, or unnatural sound reproduction will also hamper everyday tasks such as conversation or listening to music.
Fortunately, there are a number of solutions available for both the home owner, and for commercial applications, to ensure an interior space offers comprehensive acoustic protection and minimises noise transfer. These can range from simple, wall mounted acoustic panels, to full treatments across an entire building. In addition, each application can be tailored to offer optimal acoustics for the designated space. When properly designed and considered, even a small area of acoustic treatment can have a significant effect.
Possible applications are limitless, and indeed any space can often benefit substantially from bespoke soundproofing. For parents who may be all too familiar with the increased noise levels often associated with teenagers, soundproofing a bedroom can offer an element of much needed peace and quiet, without the need to spoil the fun of their young music lovers. Soundproofing can also negate the disturbance sometimes caused by musicians or composers who often play their instruments at higher volume levels.
When excess noise in the home or workplace is minimised, it enhances the living environment for all inhabitants. As a result, quality of life and well being will often see a marked improvement. Soundproofing is the most effective method for minimising interruption from excess noise level, and will prove hugely beneficial to all involved parties.