What is the first thing you want to do as soon as your office is over? If this question is asked from any person, his reply would be to go home and relax for some time in a peaceful environment. But is it possible at home? Today, with an increasing population and increasing traffic, finding such a place is like a dream coming true.
It is surprising to know that despite investing a huge amount of money in constructing a dream house, people are not able to find a peaceful corner in their homes. So, what is the solution to this problem? An answer in simple words is “acoustic barriers”.
What Are Acoustic Barriers?
Before answering this question, let us talk about barriers? A barrier is a self-understanding word, which means stopping someone from entering someplace. You would have seen barriers on roads during the rallies to control the traffic. Similarly, you would have seen barriers constructed outside the homes to stop the entrance of intruders and wild animals.
In the same way, acoustic barriers help in stopping the entrance of irritating sounds in your home. These barriers are made from a special material that stops the sounds to move into your place. Understanding the importance of these barriers nowadays they are widely used at homes, offices, academic institutions, public places, industries, and all places where people are struggling from disturbing sounds.
If you still don’t know about these barriers and want to know about them before installing them at your home, then below are some questions for you to know.
How do Acoustic Barriers Work?
When you place a barrier in front of the sound, it will move in three different directions. However, this mainly depends on the material used for developing the barrier, and the type of noise. The three directions in which the sound will move will be:
- Reflect on the source of the sound.
- The sound will be absorbed.
- It will move across your place.
In short, the acoustic barriers reply to sound in these three ways.
Can Lightweight Acoustic Barriers Stop the Sounds?
If you are constructing a house or an office, and want to stop the entrance of intruders or animals, then using lightweight acoustic barriers are the best option. These barriers have a single layer and are capable of absorbing the sound of high frequency easily. However, the sound of low frequency passes through them. Therefore, if you are planning for installing acoustic barriers at your home, then ask for barriers made from a thick sheet.
Is It Good To Install Permanent Barriers To Stop the Sound?
An answer to this question in simple words is “No”. The acoustic barriers sold in the market today are available in separate pieces. They are not only easy to install but also come with lots of additional benefits. They are cost-effective, easy to eject, and therefore can be reused.
Is It Important to Place An Acoustic Barrier In An Appropriate Position?
Yes, to enjoy the full benefits of these barriers, it is important to place them in an appropriate position. If they are not installed properly, then the sound will move into your place and not deliver the expected results. There are three things to consider at the time of positioning these barriers (1) place them to the source of sounds, (2) place them close to people to whom you want to protect them from sounds, and (3) don’t leave any space between the barriers.
Can Hedges and Plants Work As Acoustic Barriers?
Unfortunately, not. Using hedges and plants to control the impacts of sounds will not solve your problem, even how dense their length is. Therefore, if you are planning to plant a tree or hedges on the boundary wall of your home to control the sounds, then you are mistaken. It will just be a wastage of time and money.
I am sure these questions have been helpful to you in understanding the concept of acoustic barriers.