Comments from Cafe Owner
I recently opened the cafe in Melbourne but I greatly underestimated the noise that would be generated when the cafe was busy. The cafe has a cement floor, cement walls and ceiling, when the cafe becomes busy the noise level would reach 100 db which is just short of the noise that would be generated at a rock concert.
I made a decision to install some acoustic insulation in order to bring the noise level down. After locating the Melfoam Acoustic soundproofing panels it was decided to do a 40% ceiling coverage at the front of the cafe where most of the customers would sit.
After installing these soundproofing panels, there was an immediate drop in the noise level. Weekends are our busy periods and it was just amazing the reduction in unwanted noise as a result of this acoustic insulation treatment.
To any person or business looking to reduce noise levels, I can 100% recommend the use of these soundproofing panels. They have a high degree of sound absorption and best of all they look great.
Comments from Cafe Staff
Coming to work after the soundproofing foam was installed, I was surprised at how much easier it was to hear customers and clearly understand them when I was taking being spoken to and taking orders.
Before the acoustic panels were installed I found the cafe noisy and difficult to work in when it became busy. Often at the end of a shift my ears would be ringing as a result of being exposed to loud noise for up to 8 hours. Now the cafe is great, the noise level is comfortable and it is a pleasure to work here. These sound absorption foam panels really work and I am happy the boss spent the money installing them.
Comments from Customers
This Melbourne cafe has the best food and coffee in our area. The biggest problem is that everybody else in the area thinks the food is also good so the cafe is often very busy.
Before these sound absorption panels were installed, the noise level in the cafe was just too loud so we would never stay for any length of time. One weekend we turned up for breakfast and we could not work out what was different. On speaking with the owner he informed us that he had installed some soundproofing foam to lower the noise level.
On looking up at the ceiling we could now see these really good looking acoustic panels which really add to the look and feel of the cafe.
We told the owner that these sound absorption panels had now given the cafe a great acoustic ambience and we would visit more often.
What is the difference between sound insulation and sound absorption?
Sound insulation is the act to the act of stopping noise transmission of sound moving from one position to another. An example of sound insulation would be to stop traffic noise from coming into a house or apartment. Typical sound insulation materials involve the use of heavy materials such as bricks, concrete or heavy sound insulation panels.
Sound absorption is the ability of a material to absorb the sound energy that impacts its surface and convert that energy into kinetic energy which is then dissipated as heat. Acoustic foam panels, sound deadening foam panels and soundproofing acoustic foam panels are all products which have excellent sound absorption characteristics.
Sound absorption acoustic foam products should not be used to stop noise transmission.
Sound absorption acoustic foam panels that are waterproof, washable and dirt resistant, Melfoam Acoustics has jus developed a special hydrophobic coating that gives maximum protection to the acoustic foam panels.
If clients require a dirt resistant, washable and waterproof panels, then it is as simple as just specifying this requirement. In addition to this protective coating, customers have an unlimited choice of colours that they can have these sound absorption panels matched to.
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Soundproofing versus Sound Absorption
Soundproofing panels are very different from sound absorption panels.
Soundproofing panels are designed to prevent sound from escaping or entering a room. They are almost alway found inside the wall cavity and they are usually made from dense and heavy materials.
Sound absorption panels are usually constructed from acoustic foam that has great sound absorbing properties. These sound absorption panels are usually placed on the walls and ceiling so that they are visible to anybody in the room. These sound absorption acoustic foam panels are designed to eliminate echoes and lower the overall noise level in a room by absorbing all the reflected sound waves that are bouncing off all the hard surfaces in the given room.