Archive for the ‘soundproofing materials’ Category

Noisy Computer Servers

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Noisy computer servers are distracting to work nearby to say the list and can have serious effects on one the health of people who are exposed to it hours at a time. This has prompted many people and companies to try to enclose the servers in soundproof enclosures, however this leads to a heat buildup that can permanently damage the servers. So far the solution has been to build “server rooms” this adds a tremendous real estate cost to many companies. Additionally this would not be a solution when you need the server close by as by trade shows or for noisy lab equipment.
Now a new solution has hit the market a soundproof enclosure with fans to dissipate the heat and the noise generated by the fans? taken cane of using Active Noise Control Technology.

Finally something to help sound control for windows

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

We have been waiting a while to find the correct product to help control sound coming in or going out through your windows. While there are solutions as in adding another window in front of your existing window we do not think that is too practical. Now we have come across a removable Window Soundproof Panel attached with velcro this can be put up and taken down as needed. It is available with a covering which is a great light blocker too, in addition to being available in a clear see through vinyl. Check it out and if you use it please comment below to let our readers know if they work well.

Mass Loaded Vinyl – Condo Ceiling

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Sound from your neighbor below above or on the side of you can drive you batty when living in a condo. Mass Loaded Vinyl has been something that’s been touted around a lot. Considering the difficulty of doing any type of construction in a condo it may be your only choice. Just lay it down on the floor and cover it with a carpet and pad, the thicker the pad the better it will dampen your footsteps (but it won’t help stop the sound coming from below, the MLV will). However if you are trying to stop the sound coming into your walls or ceiling the simplest solution would be to add a 2nd layer of drywall with a damping compound in between . Read a more detailed soundproofing article on this subject.

Green Glue on subfloors

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Soundproofing your ceiling is a great idea however it will be quite difficult to get really good results regarding impact sound which gets into the framework above the source of sound control and is free to travel all around. One way of killing impact noise at it’s source is by applying 2 layers of subfloors with a damping compound like Green Glue in between in addition you’ll get great sound control for airborne sounds. For larger jobs you can buy 5 gallon buckets of Green Glue and for smaller jobs you can simply use Green Glue Tubes.

Plastic For Sound

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Back To Plastic indeed! Some contractors insist that putting up plain sheets of plastic as in the plastic tablecloths you put on your table will help reduce sound transfer through walls. They mean putting the plastic onto the studs and dry walling over it. While we wouldn’t want to rely on that when doing soundproofing for a customer you still may want to consider doing it for yourself in a situation where you do not have more than $10 dollars extra!

The real plastic that may actually give you some sort of sound control would be Mass Loaded Vinyl this heavy vinyl will actually add mass to your walls creating a sound barrier which is one of the principles of sound control. It can come as heavy as two pound mass loaded vinyl which weighs two pounds per square foot. I would only use something that heavy on floors.

Green Glue Soundproofing Debate

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Well as in every time a good product comes it there is bound to be some “knockers” and “supporters”. We found this Green Glue article particularly interesting as the comments on the article are written very professionally and should give the reader a pretty clear idea as to the different point of views on the subject. In general Green Glue is still getting rave reviews on the web.

Soundproof Room Dividers

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The other day we read an article about using soundproof room dividers to lessen the noise in a room. The article claimed that freestanding dividers could lessen noise in home offices, call centers, office spaces, or even in rooms that children shared. The purpose is to lessen sound, but not eliminate it.

Soundproof room dividers will only lessen sound if the sound is natural – like normal toned voices, a television at a moderate volume, or a quiet phone in an office setting. The problem is that they are not a good solution if you really need a quiet environment in which you can focus.

They look good. They sound like a great alternative. But wouldn’t it be more effective to simply put up a soundproof, floor-to-ceiling wall instead? What do you think?

Soundproofing Materials: Insulation

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

One of the greatest misconceptions amongst those not familiar with soundproofing is that insulation can effectively block sound.

Let’s clarify this point. Insulation can act as a soundproofing material, but only in the sense that it slightly dulls the noise you are trying to block. The pink insulation that goes inside your walls during construction will never stop sound as well as a real soundproof product.

Sure, you need insulation to keep your house warm, but if you have a sound problem you’re going to need something more.

Soundproofing Materials: Vinyl

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Vinyl is one of the most often used soundproofing materials availble, probably second only to Green Glue. Also known as Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV), the material works based upon the principle that sound can not pass through dense surfaces.

But here’s the problem. Mass loaded vinyl adds a little bit off mass to a surface, but only a pound or two per square foot. Consider a bad sound problem, and that doesn’t seem like nearly enough to get the job done right.

What do you think?

Soundproofing Materials: Windows

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Yup, in the world of soundproofing, windows can be (and are) considered a major problem. The misconception occurs when those who are uneducated run out and try to solve their soundproofing problems by replacing all of their windows.

Yes, windows are a major source of noise. No, replacing them with “soundproof” glass doesn’t usually work. In the end, adding a second pane of glass over the one that already exists, creating a 1-inch gap in between, is more effective.

Sadly, you can’t use Green Glue on the windows themselves. Otherwise, we’d be creating our own windows!