Open-plan layouts, design-oriented materials such as glass and concrete, and high ceilings are all common features of modern architecture. With these materials, however, it is hard to control the complex sound patterns found within rooms as they offer little scope for sound absorption. The noises made within the space reverberate and create a distraction. Textile flooring, on the other hand, reduces noise to a whisper. Its outstanding sound-absorption properties effectively block out the very noise that causes stress and significantly impairs productivity and concentration.
Textile flooring also excels in terms of footfall-sound insulation. Footfall sounds occur when people walk across flooring and go up and down stairs, but also when moving furniture, for instance. These noises are heard loud and clear if the adjoining room is fitted with hard flooring with poor absorption levels. Carpets can easily reduce the sound of footfall by 22 to 31 dB – and a 10 dB increase in footfall sound insulation equates to 50% reduction in the noise level.
Depending on the frequency range, carpets can absorb up to 90% of sound energy. With a special acoustic fleece such as SonicWave, the sound absorption levels can be increased by a further 4–5 times, especially in the lower frequency bands.
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