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- May 12, 2016 at 10:03 pm #515538Melanie RayParticipant
How effective can switching to wood floors be?
Our church’s platform has carpet and we are considering switching to wood flooring. The main purpose would be to eliminate sound-absorbing material. (Our choir sings where the carpet is laid.) (We also would most likely prefer the aesthetic improvement.) How much will this help us?
Thanks for comments!
MelanieMay 13, 2016 at 11:45 am #515588Scott DeanParticipant
In a word, immensely! Think of shining a flashlight into a pillow. Now imagine shining it at a mirror. That light is the sound waves of your choir’s sound reflecting off the floor instead of it being absorbed and lost. The singers will hear themselves and one another better, and thier sound will be reflected into the room, assuming there isn’t other sound absoprtion around you. (Even if there is you would probably hear some improvement.) The only concern I would have is if the choir area floor is raised and you are essentially sitting on an empty box in which case the floor may act as a drum reverberating the sound of hard souled shoes as singers enter and exit, or tap thier feet. But that is a minor annoyance compared to the huge benefit from a reflective surface under the choir. Lucky you!
ScottJuly 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm #538609larstapasdwi-orgParticipant
I just wanted to open this discussion again…my district has approved a referendum to build a new auditorium and a fine arts wing. The admin is asking for our input on things and brought up the issue of flooring. Has anyone had experience with wood floors in the rehearsal room? I guess I am trying to find which is better for sound, wood or tile? Any opinions are appreciated!
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