Potter Interior Systems has launched a new perforated plasterboard range called Protone and Rigitone, allowing architects and designers to create beautiful ceilings and walls that achieve high levels of acoustic performance. Protone and Rigitone has been launched in New Zealand through Potter's exclusive relationship with worldwide plasterboard specialist Saint-Gobain. The four new Rigitone and three new Protone plasterboard options with unique seamless access panels feature excellent acoustic capability and innovative VOC reducing Activ'Air technology to improve indoor air quality.
The plasterboard perforations together with white acoustic fabric lining improve performance and reduce echo and noise reverberation to create more comfortable environments for work and leisure. Good acoustic design includes control of both sound transmission and sound absorption. The Protone range of perforated plasterboard is suitable for both ceilings and walls, whilst the Rigitone range is suitable for ceilings. Each provides ease and versatility for installation, and a surface that is more durable than mineral fibre or similar acoustic absorbers.
A key feature of both the Protone and Rigitone range is Activ'Air, a patented technology that converts formaldehyde into non-harmful inert compounds that are permanently locked in the board and cannot be released back into the air. This can reduce the concentration of formaldehyde in an environment by up to 60% when installed in ceilings.
The Protone Range features three contemporary perforation patterns with white acoustic fabric backing, Protone 12mm Square, Protone 12mm Square Minigrid, and Protone Slotted Minigrid, each with different percentages of open area to meet most acoustic application requirements. Each board in the range is supplied at a size of 2400mm x 1200mm x 12.5mm. The Protone boards can also be used for curved installations down to a radius of 6000mm (dry bending), allowing architects and designers to create stunning architectural features. Unlike standard plasterboard, all four edges of the Protone sheet are recessed to make flush jointing quicker and easier, negating the need for back blocking on butt joints.
The Rigitone range features four contemporary perforation edge-to-edge white acoustic fabric backing patterns, Rigitone Galaxy, Rigitone Astral, Rigitone Matrix 8mm Round (indent), and Rigitone Matrix 12mm Square (indent), each with different percentages of open area to meet most acoustic application requirements. Due to the variety of perforation sizes and patterns, board dimensions vary slightly but are nominally 1200mm x 2000mm x 12.5mm. The edges of Rigitone boards are square and pre-primed for a unique installation method using ready-mixed Rigitone Filler, creating a continuous, seamless finish.
Unique access panels are available in each of the three Protone board patterns and consist of a plasterboard frame that is easily set into the ceiling and a 510mm square hatch piece with a matching perforation pattern that fits neatly into the frame. These panels provide access to the ceiling cavity while ensuring a seamless look across the surface.
Potter Interior System's perforated plasterboard range also includes the Gyprock Standard 6mm Round, which is the traditional perforated pattern that has been extensively used throughout New Zealand. Gyprock's Standard 6mm Round provides an economical aesthetic solution for ceilings or walls and is supplied without an acoustic fabric backing. 6mm Round's acoustic performance is adequate for most situations where moderate levels of attenuation are required.
As a decorative acoustic panel system, Protone and Rigitone offers a variety of decorative finishes to combine aesthetics and high performance sound absorption and is suitable for commercial applications including foyers of public buildings, restaurants and hotels, retail and shopping centres, leisure spaces and commercial office buildings.