Are Fabric Acoustic Panels Fire Resistant? Class A Fire Rating

Are Fabric Acoustic Panels Fire Resistant? Class A Fire Rating

Fire safety is not a concern for materials used in soundproofing, such as drywall, fiberglass, foam, and acoustical fabric, as they are generally nonflammable. Certain materials are even used as agents to prevent fires, like fiberglass. However not all materials react to high heat in the same way, so it is critical to know each product's safety features and limitations. 

Our fabric acoustic panels are highly fire-safe and have passed stringent testing. They received a class A fire rating after passing the ASTM E84 fire test. Our panels are a safe option for a variety of environments because they have the class A rating, which denotes the highest level of fire resistance.

 

Are there any Health Risks Associated with Acoustics

It is essential to consider the potential health risks associated with their use. Here are some factors to be aware of:

Flame Retardants

Some fabric materials used in acoustic panels may be treated with flame-retardant chemicals to meet safety standards. Prolonged exposure to certain flame retardants has been associated with health concerns. It's essential to check the specifications of the fabric and inquire about the flame retardant treatment.

Off-gassing

The materials used in both the fabric covering and the core of the acoustic panels can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over time. VOCs may contribute to indoor air pollution and can cause respiratory irritation or other health issues. Choose panels with low-VOC or VOC-free materials to minimize this risk.

Allergens

Fabrics can harbor allergens such as dust mites, mold, or other particles. In environments where individuals have allergies or respiratory conditions, it's crucial to keep the fabric clean and choose materials that are resistant to allergen buildup.

Mold and Moisture

If acoustic panels are installed in areas prone to high humidity or moisture, there's a risk of mold growth. Mold can cause respiratory issues and other health problems. Ensure that the installation environment is well-ventilated and that panels are resistant to moisture.

Maintenance and Cleaning

Regular cleaning of fabric panels is essential to prevent the accumulation of dust and allergens. Some cleaning agents may contain harsh chemicals that can be irritating or harmful. Choose cleaning products that are safe for the specific fabric used in the panels.

Physical Safety During Installation

Installing acoustic panels may involve working at heights or using tools. Follow proper safety procedures to prevent physical injuries during the installation process.

Aesthetic Considerations

In some cases, fabric-covered panels may be treated with dyes or other chemicals for aesthetic purposes. Consider the potential for skin irritation or other reactions when selecting fabric-covered acoustic panels. (Burtoncreations, 2023)

 

To minimize the health risks associated with fabric acoustic panels, it's advisable to:

  • Choose panels that comply with relevant safety standards.
  • Select materials with low-VOC emissions.
  • Ensure proper ventilation in the installation environment.
  • Regularly clean and maintain the panels to prevent allergen buildup.
  • Follow safety guidelines during installation

 

ASTM E84 CLASS A Fire Burning Test

This fire rating test is applicable to construction materials like acoustic panels mounted on the wall or ceiling. The test calculates the amount of heat, smoke, and flame spread along the material's surface in real-time. This data makes it easier to assess how a material might impact a building's safety in the case of a real fire.

Select any fabric from our OlaFabric panels if you require fire-rated acoustic panels. The Ecofocal fiberglass has an ASTM E84 Class A Fire Rating and is naturally resistant to fire. For those clients who do not require a fire-rated product, we also offer unrated panels.

ATS Fire Rated Acoustic Panels also meet the requirements for FHC (Fire Hazard Classification) 25/50, with a flame spread of 25 or less and smoke developed under 50. Items with this rating will typically be approved right away, according to our understanding of model building codes. As usual, if you have any questions about the codes and safety requirements for your project, get in touch with your local authorities or a qualified expert. 

 

EcoFocal Fiberglass: Fireproofing Panels

Fiberglass's porous structure allows it to absorb sound. In order to lessen sound reflections and echoes, the open fibers absorb sound energy and transform it into heat. Our Ecofocus fireproof panels work on this principle. Because it is recyclable and made of recycled polyester fibers, it lessens your carbon footprint.

  • Features
  • Material: Fabric + Acoustic Fiberglass
  • NRC: >0.85
  • Fire Rating: SGS (ASTM E84 CLASS A); TUV (EN 13501 CLASS B)
  • Environmental Protection Level: E0
  • Diffusion Range: 700Hz-3000Hz
  • Absorption Range: 150Hz-10000Hz
  • Absorption Frequency: mid-to-high

These unique features set these panels apart in the market and make them trustworthy. Revamp your space with easy installation for home offices and other entertainment places.

 

EcoFocus PET

This is the runner-up after eco-focal fiberglass, and the composition of  Fabric and Acoustic PET makes it easy to install by workers and produces no tiny fiberglass particles with the same features as above.

 

FAQs

Are acoustic panels fire-resistant?

A: Absolutely. Our acoustic panels are designed with safety as a top priority. They boast a Class A fire rating, adhering to the stringent SGS – ASTM E84 CLASS A and TUV – EN 13501 CLASS B standards. This means our panels are not just about sound absorption; they are engineered to resist and mitigate fire hazards, ensuring your workspace remains both tranquil and secure.

What is the safest material for acoustic panels?

A: Safety is paramount, and our acoustic panels reflect this commitment. We utilize a combination of fabric and acoustic fiberglass, chosen for their exceptional safety profile. Fiberglass is known for its fire-resistant properties, ensuring that our panels not only enhance acoustics but also contribute to a secure and protected environment. Your well-being is our priority.

What type of fabric is used for acoustic panels?

A: The fabric selected for our acoustic panels is not just a visual choice but a functional one. We opt for high-quality, durable fabrics that enhance the acoustic performance of the panels. These fabrics strike the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality, providing seamless integration into any space while ensuring optimal sound absorption.

What are Class A fire-rated materials?

A: Class A fire-rated materials are the gold standard when it comes to fire resistance. In our acoustic panels, this rating is achieved through rigorous testing and adherence to industry-leading standards such as SGS – ASTM E84 CLASS A and TUV – EN 13501 Class B. Class A materials have a low flame spread and produce minimal smoke, offering a level of safety that is crucial for any environment.