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.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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!
Over the next few days we’re going to talk a bit about the different types of soundproofing materials commonly used by contractors. Each has it’s own advantages and disadvantages, and some are certainly more effective than others.
One such material is sheetrock – specifically lead lined sheetrock. It is believed that sheetrock lined with 1/8 inch of #2 lead is effective at soundproofing.
The problem? It costs anywhere from $125 – $250 per sheet if you opt for this method. There are certainly other, more affordable, methods to choose from.
By now you’ve probably heard of Green Glue. It’s one of the nation’s top soundproofing materials and is considered one of the most effective and easy to use. It does look a little strange, though – doesn’t it? In a container that reminds one of a caulking material, we’re not surprised to hear that some people are questioning whether or not it works.
The reason Green Glue works is because it acts like an elastic damper. This means you can install it between layers of drywall and it will allow you to create a soundproof space without forcing you to float your walls or ceilings. A case of Green Glue, which includes 12 tubes, will cover more than 192 square feet of space, making it one of the most economical soundproofing solutions you’ll ever come across as well.
You should definitely consider trying Green Glue, especially if you are conducting a small soundproofing project or really want to avoid using soundproofing techniques that will minimize the space in your room. Using Green Glue is a decision we’re sure you won’t regret.