Acoustics in Religious Buildings

Religious buildings generally suffer from poor acoustics even though they are perceived as very quiet places.Unfortunately, this is a myth as most of the activities in places of worship involve lots of people inside an enclosed hall or large room. Unlike most other rooms where the occupants are normally counted in 5 or 10 people at the most, religious buildings have occupants which can be up to a hundred !

This presents problems as religious buildings are normally built of solid hard robust materials. This is because such buildings have a working life of many years, often hundreds of years.

The use of solid hard materials leads to hard sound reflective internal finishes. Unlike most other buildings , even the benches and chairs are made from hard materials such as wood. The other problem in religious buildings is the very large volumes of the halls. This gives plenty of space for sound to resonate for long periods before dying out. Great for organ music but an impossible situation for trying to hear someone doing a speech or sermon !

Such buildings are increasingly being used for a host of activities and are becoming community hubs where people meet for a whole range of reasons as well as for religious worship. Common uses are elderly care meetings, children’s nurseries, drop in centres, scout and guides activities, coffee mornings, etc. Unfortunately, they are limited by poor acoustics in such halls when used for different functions.

Kingkus are contacted regularly by religious bodies to help solve acoustic problems in their buildings. The problem of bad acoustics is not confined to the design of any one religions type of building.

Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Temple and other places of worship have all come to Kingkus for help to solve their acoustic problems.

Most such institutions have halls or meeting rooms which suffer from bad acoustics.

Using Kingkus Fabric acoustic wall panels

Most halls have high walls and acoustic wall panels are normally the answer in the form of our Kingkus fabric faced acoustic panels . These are available in a wide range of colours and are extremely popular as the main solution in such halls and rooms. They cover large sound reflective areas with soft sound absorptive panels which add decoration as well as solving the acoustics.

Using Kingkus Cloud suspended acoustic panels

Where there is no bare ceiling areas, the Kingkus Cloud suspended acoustic panels are an appropriate solution to deaden the reverberation in the hall. The height of the panels can be easily adjusted. The panels can be manufactured to different sizes and colours . The panels can be positioned between the light fittings hence avoiding any electrical alterations and costs.

Using Kingkus polyester acoustic panels

In halls which have low ceilings , the application of Kingkus polyester acoustic panels is the ideal answer. These are only 12mm thick and very lightweight , therefore they do not impose any significant weight loading to the existing ceilings. The D.I.Y fitting keeps the installation cost down to the minimum. Being pre decorated in white colour, no additional decorative work is required. However, these panels can be painted with picture without any significant effect on the sound absorption performance.

Using Kingkus wooden timber acoustic panels

Halls which have extensive existing timber panelling may need similar visual acoustic treatment. This is provided by fitting the Kingkus wooden timber acoustic panels which complement such high class aesthetics as they are manufactured from wood and veneered by real wood in a range of finishes such as oak, ash, mahogany, beech, etc. These timber panels can be used on ceilings and walls.

Using Kingkus wood wool acoustic panels

Where cost effective but robust acoustic panels are required, then the Kingkus wood wool acoustic panels are idea. These offer an unlimited range of colours along with high acoustic absorption. They are simple to fix and can be used on high level walls and ceiling surfaces.

Kingkus will be pleased to assistance in helping to provide the best acoustic specification for your Religious Buildings

Contact us for free technical advice at or 021-32035879

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