Sound Masking during Construction

Sound Masking

It might be a new year, but the same office problems unfortunately linger.  The most complained about workplace issue is conversational distraction.  Chosen distraction is one thing, but being held hostage by other people’s conversation is quite another. Think about the last time you were shopping on the same aisle or waiting in the same line as someone on a cell phone.  Even though their conversation about what type of kale to buy is not really that interesting to you.  However, as you hear only half the conversation about types of kale, your brain automatically, and usually against your will, tunes in to try to figure out what the person on the other end is saying (after all, maybe you do need to know more about kale, right?).  Besides eavesdropping, you’ve lost control of your train of thought.  You may have been ordering your day or errands, planning what’s next.  Instead, now you’re thinking about a green you’ve never purchased before and realistically have little intention of doing in the future.  In other words, you’ve been distracted.

The same thing happens in the office place.  Workers shift focus off work and onto distractions unwillingly.  Here are the facts: the average worker is distracted more than 2 hours every day and is interrupted no less than 70 times a day!  That’s a lot to complain about, isn’t it?  That’s why this year’s office resolution should be the same as many individual resolutions:

Get more out of the day!

Sound Masking ABC’s

If you’re lucky enough to be in the planning stages of your facility, then there are actually multiple steps you can take to get more out of your workplace’s days by taking advantage of the ABC’s.  When walls are bare and ceilings are uncovered, and  floors haven’t been chosen, you can consult with experts to find the best materials and resources for absorbing and blocking sound.   If you have the luxury of planning ahead for sound masking, there are multiple steps you could and should take.

  1. Sound Masking Systems handle noise the best by covering it, rather than absorbing or blocking it.

    Insulate the floors, walls, and ceilings as best you can.

  2. Specially-made boxes to go on top of the can lights to sound proof around them; otherwise you have “sound holes.”
  3. An extra layer of dry wall on the ceilings.
  4. An extra layer of cork or some such material underneath the flooring.
  5. Texture on the walls and ceiling- smooth, flat surfaces reflect noise, so it bounces around.
  6. Absorbent carpeting or wall panels.
  7. Partitions.
  8. Sound masking system.

Not all facilities or managers have the luxury of planning the building.  Thus, you can either alter what you have or prioritize your options cost-wise.  While a combination of the ABC’s is the most effective means of sound masking, hands-down, covering {a sound masking system} gets the most bang for the buck.

Whatever you’re trying to sound proof will determine what steps you take.  In a commercial building, creating speech privacy is crucial, so a combination of the sound masking ABC’s will be ideal in achieving your goal, be it a reduction of distractions or privacy.  But, in a pinch, sound masking systems get you the most.