Reduce Echo in Worship Facilities
Will Acoustic Panels Reduce Echo in Worship Facilities?
The need to reduce echo in worship facilities is a very common need. As such, one of the most common places you will find acoustic panels is in churches and other worship facilities.
Churches and fellowship halls are usually huge spaces with very large, blank parallel walls and vast angular ceilings. This is a recipe for a long reverberation time (the time it takes for a sound to fade, like echo). This interferes with the visitors’ ability to understand each other’s speech, which leads to an increase in the overall noise level.
How Do Acoustic Panels Help Reduce Echo in Worship Facilities?
Acoustic panels absorb sound, keeping it from bouncing around the room and creating echo. Like a basketball, sound bounces off hard surfaces more than it does with soft surfaces. Imagine bringing that same ball into a room covered wall-to-wall with fabric wrapped acoustic panels. No matter how hard you throw it, the ball is not going to travel nearly as far as it does on a basketball court.
These sound absorbing panels are available in a wide variety of sizes and colors including the standard Guilford of Maine FR701 fabric, or Anchorage fabric lines.
Acoustical Solutions’ 2″ thick fabric wrapped acoustic panels have a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) rating of up to 1.30 at 1000 Hertz. This means that they absorb virtually all the sound within that frequency that hits them. These panels are a common acoustic treatment in worship facilities, home theaters, restaurants, conference rooms, and other commercial facilities. Acoustic panels can be easily mounted on a wall or ceiling. They can also be suspended from a ceiling as acoustic ceiling clouds.
Why Are Acoustic Panels Important For Worship Facilities?
Correcting the acoustics of a church has the main benefit of improving the well-being and comfort of its congregation. Acoustic panels are needed when the echo or sound resonance of a space is too high. This is generally caused by the hard-surfaced materials used in the construction of the building.
Echo and reverberation can often give the impression that there is an unpleasant background noise. This is mainly caused by the overall volume in the room. A church with a higher resonance will result in a loss of speech intelligibility. This can lead to listener fatigue and lower concentration for the audience.
Regardless of the space, acoustic panels’ effects are noticeable immediately.
Examples Of Acoustic Panels In Worship Facilities
These were the exact issues that members of Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church were dealing with in their fellowship hall. The room was intended for banquets, meetings, and other church activities. Frequently, the echo made it too loud to be comfortable for the congregation. The folks at Tuckahoe Presbyterian were thrilled with their AlphaSorb® Cloud Mount Panels and the results of their acoustic wall panels. A dinner was held in the fellowship hall the next evening. The difference in the room was noticeable immediately. In fact, many even said the room looked better with the panels than it did before!
Tips And Reminders For Acoustic Panels
Acoustic treatment is best implemented in the original design but can also be achieved after the construction of the church is finished. You can do this in steps to meet your budget by starting with treatment that achieves the most results.
Typically, you would want to start with the rear wall or front balcony area for general sound control. You would then treat the stage area to control sound from the musicians and the choir. Don’t get caught in the trap where you do not do anything because you cannot do it all at once. Whether the room is a sanctuary, fellowship hall, or gymnasium, Acoustical Solutions has the materials to meet your sound absorption needs within your budget.
To learn more about how Acoustical Solutions can solve your noise control problems, use our contact form, call one of our Acoustical Sales Consultants at (800) 782-5742, or visit us on the web at acousticalsolutions.com.
Church renovation – covered ceiling tile with sheetrock and painted…echo now. Rectangle size..60’x40′ with 12′ ceiling. Large 7’+ windows. Brick walls..with concrete stucco from bottom of windows to ceiling. Exposed brick now from bottom of windows to floor. Carpet on floor…solid wood stage. Would consider wall panels..before we would want to do ceiling panels or not?
I will be happy to take a look at your space for you. I would definitely suggest wall panels. Whether we have to add ceiling panels will be determined on how much material we need and if we can get the amount we need to reduce the noise in the space on the walls. I will be happy to run the numbers. Would it be possible for you to shoot me you r contact info with the churches address? I would like to have some samples and color charts sent out. Also if you could forward me a few pictures of the space it would be most helpful as well? Thank you and look forward to finding a solution to your churches noise issue!
Do you mean they are installing a new drop tile ceiling? Please give us a call and clarify so we can help you out.
I am the member of a church we have a urge echo problem, they will drop a new celling but I assume we will have the same problem therefore I would like to know how you guys can help us in solving this problem.