3 tips to improve the sound insulation of your gym
From a gym to a cross training box, doing sport is inevitably noisy. From the sound of footsteps to falling weights, and even the hum of machines and air conditioning, without acoustic treatments gyms are one of the noisiest businesses. And if a fitness studio or small gym is on the first floor, all this noise can disturb adjoining neighbours, causing conflicts for gym owners.
So how can you create gyms without causing a nuisance, or preventing the noise inside from making the people inside feel uncomfortable? We tell you how you can make your gym noise and vibration free so that your clients can train comfortably… and your neighbours don’t complain!
Whether you are a designer, architect or builder of the space, a great way to ensure that gyms are quiet is to think ahead. When working on a gym project, whether it’s a space the size of a basketball court or several, or just a small workout area, soundproofing and sound absorption in construction are critical.
Much of the exterior noise that would disturb other parts of a building, such as an adjoining classroom or a neighbour, can be planned for and mitigated with soundproofing and sound absorption solutions that are incorporated into the walls themselves. Building walls around the concept to insulate sound is a good way to start. There are many different types of products that can help with this, from sealants to paints, depending on how a designer or builder wants to achieve this sound reduction.
Prepare the flooring
From the sound produced by jumping to the impact of weights, sound transmission through gym floors can cause almost as many problems as the noise itself. Since reducing the activity causing the noise is often not an option, preparing floors with acoustic treatments can help reduce the amount of sound passing through at a lower level, or dampen the noise created by athletes interacting with the surface.
The addition of a floor covering in spaces such as this provides an increase in the acoustic performance of the space. There are many types of acoustic materials to incorporate into your gym floor, but it is important to keep in mind that your clients cannot lose their stability and comfort when training because of acoustic insulation.
At Pavigym we have acoustic solutions specially designed to mitigate impact noise, which is the real enemy of gyms. Our range of products has different materials and thicknesses, depending on the type of sound you want to insulate and the amount of dB you need to reduce. As every building and structure is different, we offer products to suit all types of infrastructure.
Silence air conditioning controls
Gyms need to be kept cool, or warm in the winter months, so ventilation of air conditioning systems is essential. However, these air conditioning systems can be noisy, causing significant noise in the gymnasium. In addition, the hard metal of the ducting and ventilation can provide more hard surfaces on which sound reverberates, causing confusing echoes. In the winter months, heating ducts and pipes in the walls can also cause noise as well as heat loss due to inefficiency.
There are great a number of products on the market that ensure less noise from air conditioning in gyms. We recommend that you consult with the manufacturer during or before installation to discuss your specific needs.
Our acoustic range is prepared for all types of gyms and needs. From group classes where jumping and stepping can cause vibrations to a cross training box where falling bars damage the floor and cause too much noise, our acoustic solutions can solve your problems.
Check out Pavigym’s range of acoustic products and ask for a customised study for your gym. Don’t take any risks!