FAQ

Thermal Insulated Curtain Products

  1. Will a thermal curtain help with reducing or absorbing sound?

The innards of a thermal curtain are polyfiber, which does have an acoustic absorbing effect.  So a thermal curtain will assist with absorbing sound, but it does not have any acoustic reflecting properties.  Additionally, thermal curtains are made with vinyl as the outer layers on both sides, while acoustic curtains can have vinyl, acoustic fabric, or mesh as the front layer.  The fabric or mesh will allow more sound to pass through, into the curtain, for a better result.  So a thermal curtain will help absorb sound, but mainly as a by-product of its intended function, which is thermal insulation.

  1. Will an acoustic curtain provide any type of thermal insulation?

As with the answer above, it will help to insulate temperature a bit, but that is not its intended use.  The curtain is designed and constructed in a way that maximizes sound reduction.  While you may experience some temperature insulation from an acoustic curtain, it would not be nearly as effective as a thermal curtain would be for temperature containment needs.

  1. Can I use these curtains outdoors?

You can, but the curtains are not warrantied against exposure to outdoor elements.  The vinyl is waterproof, but the construction does have stitching and a few other, small “vulnerable areas” for water to get in.  The two main concerns with outdoor use are precipitation and wind.

We always want to avoid moisture working its way into the acoustic innards of the curtain and strong winds blowing these curtains around, as they are heavy.

  1. Will just having thermal curtains make the space warmer/cooler?

There are multiple factors that go into changing the temperature in a space.  The insulation level (R value) of the curtain wall is one.  The insulation level (R Value) of the materials making up the other surfaces (walls, ceiling, and floor) is another.  Finally, the temperature and CFM of air being pumped into the space plays a role in this, as well.  All of these factors work together to make a space warmer and/or cooler.

 

Acoustic Curtains and Baffle Products

  1. Will a thermal curtain help with reducing or absorbing sound?

The innards of a thermal curtain are polyfiber, which does have an acoustic absorbing effect.  So a thermal curtain will assist with absorbing sound, but it does not have any acoustic reflecting properties.  Additionally, thermal curtains are made with vinyl as the outer layers on both sides, while acoustic curtains can have vinyl, acoustic fabric, or mesh as the front layer.  The fabric or mesh will allow more sound to pass through, into the curtain, for a better result.  So a thermal curtain will help absorb sound, but mainly as a by-product of its intended function, which is thermal insulation.

  1. Will an acoustic curtain provide any type of thermal insulation?

As with the answer above, it will help to insulate temperature a bit, but that is not its intended use.  The curtain is designed and constructed in a way that maximizes sound reduction.  While you may experience some temperature insulation from an acoustic curtain, it would not be nearly as effective as a thermal curtain would be for temperature containment needs.

  1. Can I mix baffles with acoustic curtains?

Yes, please do! 

Acoustic curtains are designed to be sound barriers.  Their goal is to enclose and dampen sound in specific areas.

Baffles can be mounted to your ceiling or your walls, in different configurations.  Their main purpose is to absorb echo and stop sound from bouncing around an area.

Each product has a different use, but they are often recommended for use in tandem to increase the noise reduction your experience in an area.

  1. Can I use these curtains outdoors?

You can, but the curtains are not warrantied against exposure to outdoor elements.  The vinyl is waterproof, but the mesh and acoustic fabric are not a good fit for outdoor use.  The two main concerns with outdoor use are precipitation and wind.

We always want to avoid moisture working its way into the acoustic innards of the curtain and strong winds blowing these curtains around, as they are heavy.

  1. Can you quantify the results (decibel reduction) that this curtain will give me?

To learn more check out our recent blog post on this subject

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