Conference rooms often run into a bit of a catch-22. The most convenient location for a conference room is where everyone can easily access it -- but unfortunately that tends to be a highly trafficked and often loud area. The answer is usually sound masking. Improving the sound masking of a conference room will ensure that the conference room is as usable as it is well-placed.
Start With the Walls
For many businesses, it's prohibitively expensive to install additional insulation within the walls. Instead, soundproofing composites can actually be installed on their surface. These composites have a clean, professional look. Some of them can even be made in panels and wrapped in either fabric or wood. Soundproofing composites are made from a soft, sound-absorbing foam. They solve to both absorb noise and disperse it, so that the room is both protected from exterior sounds and isolates interior sounds.
Choose Your Flooring
Conference rooms need to look professional and impressive -- and that often leads businesses to choose a floor such as hardwood. While hardwood is better than tile, it will still lead to a painful echoing inside of the room. For the best sound, carpeting with a moderate padding is usually best. Any type of hard floor is going to reflect sounds and make them seem louder. This also goes for the exterior of the conference room -- such as the halls that move past it. A carpet runner or rugs outside of the conference room may be able to dampen external sounds.
Invest in Heavier Doors and Windows
Thick-paned and double-paned glass windows will offer better sound isolation and privacy. It's always nice to have an open conference room -- but thinner glass isn't going to do much to reduce intrusive sounds. Likewise, a heavier door that is fitted properly will be able to reduce a lot of external sounds, compared to a standard hollow core door.
Get the Right Technology
Microphones have been designed specifically to isolate only the closest sound. If you're going to be conferencing through telecommunications systems, getting the right microphone can actually reduce outside sounds significantly. Most expensive microphones produce their own type of digital sound masking; highly beneficial for areas which are always busy and high traffic.
Nearly every room can be sound-proofed fairly easily, it just requires the right expertise and the right materials. Sound proofing requires thorough work and has to be done based on the environment, so that the acoustics in the room are also maintained. JJ Orion offers expert, specialized knowledge regarding all areas of commercial contracting, including sound masking and conference room development.
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