Three Essential Planning Guidelines for Installing Acoustic Panelling

21 January 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you are designing a room that requires acoustic insulation, you should think about installing panels. The placement of panels is simple and clean. It does not require special considerations or a lot of technical knowledge. In addition, if the panels are placed around the space correctly, you can achieve the ideal level of soundproofing. Here are some essential tips to consider when choosing and installing the acoustic panelling into your home.

Choose Suitable Panels

You should identify the right acoustic panels for your application. The correct choice will depend on critical issues, such as the level of acoustic insulation needed, your budget and preferences. In general, acoustic panels are made from different materials, including medium density fibreboard, plasterboard and perforated metal panels. These materials are all useful, but the right one for your house will depend on the specific room of installation.

For instance, plasterboard can mute sounds well and is suitable for general purpose residential applications, such as insulating studies and libraries. If you would like a more high-performance alternative for home theatres and other noisy rooms, fibreboard is more reliable. You should also compare the thickness of the panels. Thicker panels can mute sounds more effectively, but complete acoustic silence is not usually necessary.

Consider Coverage

You should think about the parts of the home and room that you would like to cover with your acoustic panelling. In most cases, acoustic panels are placed in walls to prevent the transmission of noise from the outdoors or across different rooms. Therefore, the goal for sound attenuation can be achieved by installing the insulation in the walls of the house. If you want to achieve complete silence, you can also have the ceiling insulated. However, this is not necessary in general residential spaces unless the ceiling is light and non-insulated.

Measure the Rooms

Once you have determined the coverage, you should measure the rooms. The measurements will be essential when purchasing the panels for placement in your house. In an ideal situation, you will find panels which fit perfectly into your rooms. However, this is unlikely to happen. Therefore, you should acquire panels which can also be cut and fitted into the unfilled gaps of the room. Otherwise, there will be areas of vulnerability in your insulated rooms.

It is important to note that achieving optimal acoustic insulation will depend heavily on the installation method of the purchase panels. So you should choose a qualified contractor to handle panel placement for the best outcome.