Foam Acoustic Panels vs. Fiberglass Acoustic Panels

As your one-stop acoustical shop, we carry both fabric-covered fiberglass acoustic panels, and foam acoustic panels.

Here are some guidelines when choosing between our foam panels and our fabric covered panels.

1. Cost

Foam: For simple noise control foam panels absorb the most sound per dollar invested. If the factors mentioned below are not a concern, foam panels will do the job for about half the price.

Fabric: These panels cost more. Decide what’s best for your situation based on your budget and the factors below.

2. Appearance

Foam: A technical look suitable for control rooms, informal practice areas and utilitarian spaces.

Fabric: An architectural look suitable for any space including living areas, home theaters, auditoriums, etc. More appearance options are available including custom-printed art acoustic panels.

3. Frequency Absorption

Foam: Highly effective at high frequencies, and mid-range frequencies down to 500Hz. Not effective at bass frequencies.

Fabric: Broader, more even absorption across frequencies. 2-inch panels are effective down to 250Hz. 4-inch panels are effective down to 100Hz.

4. Wall Coverage

Foam: Almost twice the wall coverage as fabric panels to achieve the same sound absorption at mid-range frequencies. Plan on covering more empty wall space.

Fabric: Requires about half the coverage as foam panels, leaving more wall space open.

5. Installation and Removal

Foam: Install with spray adhesive. Spray and stick, pretty simple. However if you plan to move out or take the panels down, adhesive residue could be an issue.

Fabric: Install with screws and z-clips. We include a handy full-size install template that takes the measuring out of the job, but it is more work than installing foam panels. On the up side, z-clips leave no more wall damage than hanging pictures.

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