Whether you’re a regular swimmer or not, it’s safe to assume you’ve been to an indoor pool at some point in your life. And if there’s one thing you remember about that experience, it’s probably the amount of noise present in the natatorium (indoor pool facility).
This is especially true if you manage a natatorium, as you’re constantly bombarded by all of the sounds. This is mostly a result of all of the hard surfaces that, instead of absorbing noise, reflect it and amplify it. How can you fix this issue? Keep reading to find out!
Why is sound control so important for indoor pools?
Not only is the constant barrage of noises jarring to hear all the time, it can actually be harmful to the environment you’re trying to create in an indoor pool. This should be a safe and fun space for all, but if someone can’t hear a parent calling for them or a child calling for help in the water, multiple hazards could swiftly arise. While it’s impossible to eliminate all noise from an indoor swimming facility, it is possible to absorb quite a bit of it and create a more comfortable and safe experience for the people there. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can effectively absorb sound in an indoor swimming facility.
Baffles and Acoustic Ceiling Clouds
If you’re looking for a sleek, unobtrusive way to reduce harsh noise, baffles and other acoustical ceiling accessories are definitely the way to go. In most cases, your patrons won’t even notice the new additions! What they will notice is the difference in sound quality. Ceiling baffles, which can be constructed with fiberglass reinforced plastic to ensure durability and effectiveness. Sound waves tend to accumulate in the high ceilings of indoor pool facilities, so baffles or clouds constructed with fiberglass reinforced plastic are excellent options.
Acoustical Wall Panels
Sound insulation panels for walls are also excellent tools for indoor pool facilities. After all, there are more solid surfaces than just a ceiling in these rooms! Acoustical wall panels can help reduce noise even more when combined with ceiling baffles and clouds.
Soundproofing is a combination of four key tactics: adding mass, damping, decoupling, and filling air gaps. While you’re not exactly “soundproofing” an indoor pool facility, keeping these tactics in mind can greatly increase the effectiveness of your acoustic strategy to reduce noise.