Archive for the ‘Soundproofing Materials’ Category

Can Add-On’s Improve Health By Blocking Noise?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

In a press release published on heraldonline.com, noise pollution was explored as being a health risk. Excess noise in our homes and places of business can cause a myriad of health complications, ranging from sleep disorders to heart disease. To make matters worse, noise levels at night significantly increased the risk of heart attacks due to the stress it puts on the body.

Scientists have been raving about the importance of sleep for years and years. Your body does quite a bit of healing during your restful times, and if your body can’t get enough rest, you eventually become rundown.

A new product known simply as Soundproof Windows has been created. They don’t replace your windows, but they are added to the inside and blend in with the existing layout. These windows have been shown to reduce noise anywhere from 90% – 98% – a significant improvement.

Of course, having special windows built to your home’s specifications may not be in the budget. If that’s the case, start with simple solutions to block outside noise – check your window and door seals and make sure there are no obvious leaks. If all else fails, seek alternative soundproofing solutions  – like window coverings. Your health depends on it!

Good vs. Bad Materials: Windows

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

The truth of the matter is this – your windows can be a very significant cause of noise and sound trouble.

On the other hand, replacing your windows is often not the best solution.

In most cases you merely need to check the windows to make sure they are installed properly. Is the seal aroudn the outside edge complete? If not, caulk it.

Sometimes you have to do some extra work, like adding a second layer of glass, forming a 1-inch airtight gap between the two layers. This works particularly well with older windows.

You can certainly replace your windows if you’d like, but if soundproofing is your only concern, you really don’t need to.

Good vs. Bad Materials: Sheetrock

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

We’re going to continue our exploration of different soundproofing materials by taking a close look at sheetrock – specifically lead lined sheetrock.

The cool thing about sheetrock lined with lead is that it is really great at blocking or reducing sound. While we don’t think it is quite as effective as Green Glue, we do think it gives the product a run for its money.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), lead lined sheetrock can cost up to $250 per sheet. It’s definitely not affordable. Therefore, we likely won’t ever use it and we certainly don’t recommend it.

Good vs. Bad: Insulation

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Today we’re going to take a look at anothe soundproofing product commonly used to reduce noise in homes – insulation.

Now, don’t get us wrong. Insulation can go a long way when it comes to reducing noise, but if you’re sticking to that plain pink stuff, you’re not going to get real results. Nor will you get great results if you rely on pumping your walls full of cellulose.

Insulation can help, if your noise problem isn’t severe. Otherwise, you might need to consider alternative soundproofing methods, like Green Glue or acoustical panels, to get the job done right.

Good vs. Bad Materials: Vinyl

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Mass loaded vinyl is one of the most popular soundproofing materials on the market today. It has a wide variety of uses but – is it really effective?

Here’s how vinyl (or mass loaded vinyl, aka MVL) really works. It’s called “mass loaded” vinyl because it adds mass, or density, to the surface you wish to soundproof. The denser a surface, the more difficult it is for sound to pass through.

So here’s the rub. How much does mass loaded vinyl really weigh? One or two pounds per square foot? If that’s all it weighs, how much sound can it really stop?

You do the math. It’s effective, but there are better soundproofing materials out there.

Installing Sonex Panels

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Soundproofing in a recording studio is incrediblyimportant. If you don’t properly stop the vibration of sound, the quality of your music will be seriously compromised.

The following video shows how to install Sonex acoustical panels. While we do like these panels, we still think using Green Glue instead of, or in addition to, these panels would be most effective. Check them out!

I Keep Hearing about Green Glue…

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

As you begin to learn more about acoustics and soundproofing you’re going to hear the name Green Glue mentioned time after time. Green Glue is an amazing soundproofing material used in a wide variety of projects – from office buildings to hotels to individual residences.

Green Glue is a damping compound that absorbs sound. It has one of the best STC ratings in the industry, is affordable, and is easy to use. As we build the content on this site we’ll add a lot of information about Green Glue and how it is used. Until then, know that it is simply one of the best products available and add it on your list of things to consider when planning your next soundproofing project!