Winning the Game: Managing the Sound Levels in your Gym and Multi-Purpose Room

Managing the Sound Levels in your Gym and Multi-Purpose Room

gym-with-wall-and-ceiling-treatmentManaging acoustics can be difficult in places like gyms. With their wide-open spaces, high ceilings, and empty walls, gyms are more prone to unwanted sounds like echoes and loud noises.

Moreover, since gyms are often used for functions like sports games, concerts, and symposiums, it is critical to have the right sound control tools. Below are some solutions to help you ensure the best acoustic management for your gym or multi-purpose room.

1. Acoustic Banners

Acoustic banners balance form, function, and flexibility. They can be flattened on the ceiling or hung loosely for an aesthetic effect. They also come in different colors, so you can match them with a theme, school, or team.

Also, acoustic banners work well with the architectural layout of most gyms. They integrate well with existing light and HVAC systems. They are coated with PVC to prevent fibers from contaminating the air inside the gym. When installed, these banners can cut reverberation time by as much as 50%, reducing echoes inside the venue.

2. Acoustic Baffles

Like banners, acoustic baffles are installed on the ceiling. They are made of sound absorbing barriers that muffle and isolate unwanted acoustics inside the gym. Although they are not as aesthetically pleasing as acoustic banners, baffles still work as a barebones, non-intrusive sound control solution.

Baffles are relatively easy to install. Depending on the angle of the ceiling, they can be arranged in patterns, such as herring bone or checkerboard designs. They are also available in a wide variety of materials. However, the materials do not all work the same way, so it is wise to consult an expert for more information.

3. Acoustic Wall Panels

Acoustic management solutions don’t have to be limited to the ceiling. With acoustic wall panels, or acoustic clouds, you can have an all-around noise control solution for your gym or multi-purpose room.

Acoustic wall panels are available in a variety of colors. They hang on the wall so that they add to the overall architecture of a space. Each panel is 1-2 inches thick, making them effective but non-intrusive sound barriers. Because they are wrapped in a fire retardant material, they also help your space comply with safety regulations.

4. Sound Rated Doors

As the name suggests, these doors have a high sound transmission class (STC) rating. They are also known as acoustic doors. They prevent sound from leaking out of your gym or multi-purpose room. You will often find these in machinery enclosures, recording studios, and even pulpits, although they are useful for gyms and similar venues as well.

5. Acoustic Foam

If you are looking for a one-size-fits-all sound management solution, look no further than acoustic foam. Also known as Studiofoam, it has a threefold approach to noise control:

  • Identify and isolate the noise at its source
  • Control the path of any noise slipping through the foam
  • Reduce the amount of noise inside a gym or multi-purpose room

Typically, an acoustic foam piece is shaped like an egg crate. It is also coated with fire retardant material and comes in styles that suit a wide range of environments.

Want to learn more about these acoustic management solutions? Contact eNoise Control for assistance on choosing, installing, and maintaining the sound absorption materials that fit your unique needs.