Posts Tagged ‘soundproofing’

It’s Easy to Use Green Glue

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Many look at Green Glue and instantly shy away, thinking their soundproofing projects will become too time consuming or messy to complete. The good news is that this product is much easier to use than you probably imagine. Here’s a short demonstration showing just how easy it is to apply.

School Cafeteria Soundproofing?

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The Lowell and Hosmer Schools have a proposed plan to soundproof the school cafeterias, at a cost of about $33,000. Several people have stepped forward to voice concerns, stating that children should be playing outside and that there is no reason to soundproof a cafeteria.

Yes, kids should play outside, but what about when they can’t? What about the sounds they’re making while nearby classes are still in session? What about rainy days? What do you think? Is it necessary or not?

Great News for Citizens in the LAX Area

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Just last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided to approve a $1.4 million project in order to soundproof a series of homes and appartments near LAX. The proeject will include up to 70 residences that are located in the Lennox and Athens sections of the city. The homes will receive new window panels, heavy doors, and other great soundproofing materials designed to keep the noise of passing jetliners down to a dull roar.

The FAA is funding the project along with the Los Angeles World Airports group and a block grant. Win for the residents of the LAX area!

Silence in the City

Friday, May 21st, 2010

It seems like everywhere we go we’re faced with construction. We either run into some sort of road work or some sort of building project. After talking to a few construction gurus we learned one thing – people are willing to pay for silence.

They pay over $1,000 for a washing machine tagged as “super-silent.”

They’ll pay thousands of dollars extra for an apartment with extra soundproofing. In New York City, soundproofing is one of the most sought after commoddities in any condo or apartment.

Whether they use Green Glue or some other material – the truth remains the same. People are willing to live in quiet places – even as the world gets louder.

Roosevelt Elementary School to Receive Soundproofing

Friday, May 14th, 2010

The Roosevelt Elementary School in the Park Ridge neighborhood recently received great news. They’ve received about $4.5 million in federal funding to be used towards soundproofing and other renovations. They’ll receive new windows, a new boiler, and central air conditioning.

The school is taking great safety precautions, too. All workers on the project must be fingerprinted and undergo criminal background checks before they’ll be allowed on school grounds. Soundproofing won’t take the place of safety – that’s something we can respect.

Soundproofing a Bird Cage

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

We know what you’re thinking. If you want to soundproof your birdcage, why do you have pets to begin with?

Here’s the reality. Birds are great pets, but you won’t think so at 5am when they start sqwaking at the crack of dawn.

So what can you do to remedy that problem? Simply get some Sonex Acoustical Panels and create a frame you can place around the bird cage at night. Make sure it has plenty of ventilation, of course.

Sound coming from inside the cage will be absorbed by the panels. All you have to do is remove them when you wake up in the morning, and your family of winged friends will be happy to see you!

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!