If you are planning to start your own business, or are considering building a new office space for your employees, one of the most important things to consider is noise control. A recent study by Ranstad of over 1,000 U.S. working adults found that extra noise was rated as one of the five top pet peeves in the office environment. It is hard to get work done when outside noise, such as traffic, or inside noise, such as other colleagues, penetrate the work environment. Facilitiesnet.com recommends “controlling the noise in common areas, creating some level of privacy and sound absorption for workers at their desks, and enabling privacy in rooms where confidential discussions occur.” Hugs Construction provides San Fernando Valley office soundproofing tips.
San Fernando Valley Office Soundproofing Tips
1. Plan From the Start – If you are planning to move into a new office building, or are planning to start construction on a San Fernando new construction, consider noise impact from the start. For example, if you build close to a freeway, airport, or a school, there will be a lot of outside noise. Choosing a quieter location prior to constructing an office space will allow you to cut down on the sound blocking materials.
2. Absorb Sound – Sound travels through air very quickly, but if you install soundproofing materials that are denser than air, they tend to absorb sound. Hard surfaces do not absorb sound, so don’t construct your floors and walls out of concrete. Sound-absorbing materials include acoustic ceiling tiles, carpets and linoleum tile. Soundproofing ceiling panels make cost more initially, but they are worth the price of creating a comfortable working environment. Look for the NRC (noise reduction coefficient) on the ceiling panels to see how much noise they will block.
Floors are another way for sound to carry in your San Fernando Valley new construction office. In another article about soundproofing, I discussed how carpets are great at blocking noise. Shag carpets are the best of their kind at trapping noise. And another idea to consider is that carpets don’t just go on the floors, but can also be installed on ceilings and walls for extra sound-barrier protection.
3. Create Partitions – If you have many employees, chances are you cannot create offices for every one of them. While doors and windows are great at blocking noise, you can create soundproofing with cubicles and wall hangings. Cubicles are very beneficial in a working environment because they provide the employees with privacy, and block noise from traveling. Make sure to choose fabric-covered cubicles, and have them be as tall as possible. In addition, you may choose to add glass panes to the tops of cubicles for additional sound protection.
In addition to cubicles, hanging wall panels will also trap and absorb noise. Facilitiesnet.com recommends adding fiberglass, gypsum board or staggered studs inside the wall hangings for maximum noise absorption.
Hugs Construction has over 20 years of experience and is a full service construction company in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding Los Angeles area. We work on projects of all sizes, such as kitchen and bath remodeling, wiring and electric work, soundproofing, installing windows and doors, specialty projects and new constructions.
We pride ourselves on utilizing green products to sustain the environment. We strive to maintain high customer satisfaction with every job, making sure that our work lasts for many years to come.
To get a quote for your San Fernando Valley soundproofing project, contact us.