Open-plan spaces are becoming increasingly popular in the design of residential homes. This design option allows for optimising light in the home and the added benefit of uninterrupted views across a number of rooms in the communal living space, making home family life more social. The downside is that the noise transmits easily around the house.
Fortunately, this problem can be easily overcome through the use of performance-enhanced acoustic ceiling boards. This was recently demonstrated by South African acoustic engineer, Ivan Lin, who specified the installation of Saint-Gobain Gyproc acoustic ceiling board, Rigitone, throughout the large open plan, ground floor space of his Johannesburg home, to optimise sound and minimise noise.
Rigitone is a completely seamless and monolithic ceiling system that offers the perfect combination of acoustic performance and creativity, offering high levels of acoustic absorption, while offering the ceiling a homogenous and architecturally pleasing appearance. It comes in six different patterns, including regular and random perforated design options.
There are a number of factors that influence the absorption behaviour of Rigitone acoustic ceilings:
- The bigger the proportion of the board’s perforated areas, the better the sound absorption at high frequencies.
- The internal acoustic tissue works in conjunction with the board’s perforations to provide sound absorption performance.
- The application of a paint finish in no way compromises the acoustic performance.
- An additional layer of mineral wool insulation improves sound absorption at low frequencies.
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