Archive for April 27th, 2010

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.