4 Acoustical Treatment Facts for Dog Boarding Centres

Sound can be calm and pleasant like that of chirping birds or be annoying like the uncontrollably barking of dogs. Noisy dogs can drive neighbours insane, mainly if a pet boarding facility is located in a residential area. When designing a dog holding area, avoid sound amplifying materials such as concrete and tile. Also, failure to install sound-proofing material can drive your clientele base away.  Here are some acoustical treatment facts for dog boarding centres.  

Why Your Dog Facility Needs Sound Treatment -- On average, one barking dog can produce sound to the level of 100dB. Assuming you have multiple dogs in your facility, then the noise level can rise to 115 decibels, which is beyond the general limit of 85 decibels for normal hearing without the need for a protection device. Repeated exposure to such noise levels harms not only humans but also dogs regarding anxiety and sleep disorders.

Sound Absorption, Transmission Loss and Echo -- Sound absorption materials help reduce the time it takes for sound to reverberate or diminish. The measurement of sound absorption is referred to as noise reduction coefficient. A higher coefficient value means that the sound panel absorbs most of the noise produced by the dogs. Sometimes, absorption of noise cannot yield 100% results. Therefore, one way to reduce the barking sound is through transmission loss. As the noise passes through an object, such as a wall, the barrier should be able to minimise such noise to permissible levels. By installing suitable sound treatment that lowers reverberation time, you also eliminate echoes from kennels and holding facilities.

Acoustical Polyethylene Baffles -- Polyethylene baffles is one of the cheaper solutions to the noise problem in kennels. These panels or baffles are available in a range of sizes, and thus, ideal for installing on walls and ceilings. The best thing about baffles is that you don't have to worry about repositioning your lighting, fire sprinklers, and air vents because of their ease of installation. If you need to absorb a lot of noise, all you need to do is hang several panels from the ceiling in multiple rows. Most boards are resistant to water and are fire rated. Baffles are also easy to clean coupled with the fact that they can reduce noise levels by up to 85% to 100%.

Wall Blankets and Ceiling Tiles -- You can hang wall blankets to absorb some noise levels while minimising reverberation rate. However, you need to clean the sound blankets as regularly as possible to avoid odour problems. Ceiling tiles are a viable option, but they can be costly to buy and install. Furthermore, you have to choose the best tile quality that does not retain odour or mould.