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Acoustic Treatment for Gymnasiums

Gymnasiums and multipurpose rooms are always helpful to have on site, particularly at schools, churches, and large office complexes. Not only do they provide a place for indoor athletic activities, but they also can easily transform into an auditorium or gathering place. However, because of their large size, they can get loud very quickly. As sound echoes off the walls, it creates a sense of loud background noise, making it difficult for people to hear each other. Sound absorption panels or our Full Coverage Track System are a great solution to this problem. Managing the natural noise levels in your gym can make the space much more comfortable for everyone. Here are some of the benefits of having acoustic treatment in your gym.

Soundproofing vs. Sound Absorption

To begin, we have found that it is crucial to clarify a common misunderstanding many people have about soundproofing and sound absorption. Although these two concepts are often used interchangeably, they are actually two very different approaches. Soundproofing strategies are used to trap noise in a specific area (i.e. keep a noisy drummer’s banging within a room so as not to disturb neighbors) while sound absorption materials, on the other hand, actually absorb the sound in a designated area, lessening the echo and making it quieter within that room. It is extremely important to differentiate these two because it is much more difficult (and expensive) to soundproof a space especially after construction. On the other hand, sound absorption is much easier to accomplish and much more affordable.

Better Presentations

Gymnasiums and multipurpose rooms are often used for conferences, presentations, and shows, in addition to athletics. Without sound absorption, a presenter’s voice can reverberate throughout the space during these events, which can make it difficult for the audience to understand them even with a microphone. The echo can also make music sound distorted, and just generally make presentations feel overwhelming instead of informative. Sound panels make the communication much more clear during events.

Clearer Communication

In a large space like a gym, the reverberations can make it difficult to have one-on-one conversations. The background noise can drown out the voice of someone who’s standing right next to you which can be incredibly frustrating, particularly in an academic environment. Sound panels and/or our Full Coverage Track System will prevent noise from traveling so much, so you will be able to focus on the conversation you are having instead of background noise coming from 20 feet away.

Contact Us

If you are interested in sound absorption solutions for your gymnasium, contact LA Sound Panels today. We offer custom sound solutions for many different types of structures. We will help you develop a treatment plan from start to finish, including design and installation that fit into your budget.

Four Steps to Better Gym Acoustics:

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Measure Your
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Us Do It

Our specialists will let you know what measurements we need in order to make a customized plan. We can also come out and measure it for you!

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Submit Measurements

Email us the measurements and we’ll send over a plan with an estimate.

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Approve the Quote

If all looks good, approve the quote. If not, let us know how we can change it to fit your needs.

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