How Acoustic Insulation Enhances Safety and Productivity in Your Industrial Building
Your building is more than a collection of walls, floors, and ceilings — it’s an operational facility with many moving parts and often multiple trades under a single roof. All of this activity could quickly devolve into chaos without certain standards and precautions in place. While you might take it for granted, interior insulation (i.e., soundproofing and fireproofing) plays a significant role in keeping your operations orderly, productive, and safe. Here’s how the right kind of acoustic insulation enhances safety and productivity in your industrial facility when applied by professionals.
How Acoustic Insulation Enhances Safety and Productivity
Reduce Noise Pollution and Sound Leakage
Most industrial facilities are capable of producing a great deal of noise, usually from powerful machinery and large, reverberating rooms. While this noise might not seem like a major concern, too much of it can become distracting for occupants. These distractions not only reduce productivity — they can also create safety concerns, drowning out key audio cues. High-quality acoustic insulation absorbs much of the sound within your facility (measured as NRC, or noise reduction coefficient), reducing this distracting and dangerous noise pollution. Moreover, acoustic insulation keeps external noise from entering your facility while also preventing noise within your facility from leaking out (which helps secure your business’ information).
Bolster Building Integrity
Acoustic insulation can provide more than a sound barrier. However, it can also provide a heat barrier. Indeed, high-quality thermal acoustical insulation contains a high R‑value, which refers to a surface’s thermal resistance. Simply put, the higher the R‑value, the more insulative the material is, which means heat has a harder time flowing between surfaces. This helps maintain a consistent climate control, retaining heat and air conditioning within the building, regardless of exterior temperature.
Acoustic Insulation Can Be Compatible With Fireproofing Products
While acoustic insulation has thermal properties, it is not the same as fireproof insulation. That said, both acoustic and fireproof insulation tend to go hand in hand. For instance, fiberglass-based, spray-applied thermal acoustic insulation is compatible with most spray on fireproofing products. In other words, you can outfit your facility with the necessary fire-reduction and noise-reduction ratings without sacrificing one for the other. The ease with which fireproofing products can be applied to the right type of acoustic insulation (when handled by experienced professionals) allows you to save time and money on both important insulative/safety measures.
Stay Up to Code
Violating certain safety codes and other regulations can greatly stifle your facility’s productivity, often temporarily shutting down your operations. In order to streamline your operations and keep all occupants safe, it’s crucial to invest in and maintain the proper acoustic insulation and fireproof paint for your facility. Fiberglass-based, spray-applied thermal acoustic insulation is compatible with various type of fireproofing, allowing you to more easily remain compliant with all relevant safety guidelines (i.e., R‑value, fire ratings, NRC, etc.).
If your facility needs new acoustic insulation or a thorough inspection of existing features, Kaloutas is here to help. But we are more than a fireproofing contractor — we offer a range of services designed to improve your building’s safety, compliance, appearance, and integrity, including industrial painting, flooring, cleaning, insulation, sealing, fireproofing, and more. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.