Sound Isolation and Sound Absorption
Sadly, society is changing and not all of the changes we’re seeing are good. People, laden with technology, are now louder and more disrespectful than ever before. Where you may have once been able to sleep with your windows open you may now have to close them, shut the blinds, and turn on some fans just to block out the sounds of loud cars, motorcycles, partying neighbors, and passing traffic. At some point you’re going to need to seriously consider soundproofing your home.
Before you can make the final decision regarding the type of sound proofing job you need to complete you’ll need to determine one thing. Are you attempting to block outside noise from entering your home or do you want to ensure that you absorb noise so that it doesn’t escape?
What is Isolation?
When we talk about isolating sound we are usually referring to a soundproofing method that ensures that outside noises are not able to enter the home – usually through the ceilings, walls, windows, and even vents. In order to do so you’ll need to make sure you have properly sealed your wall joists with gasket tape and have great sound proof windows. If you need more noise reduction you can consider using Green Glue to create a great sound barrier.
What is Sound Absorption?
Sound absorption is the opposite of sound isolation? When you are absorbing sound you are taking action to ensure that you are not allowing sound to escape your home through your walls, ceilings, windows, and floors. This soundproofing method ensures that the sounds will simply absorb into the material as opposed to isolation which causes the sound to bounce back to its original point of origin.
What Should I Do?
Before you run out to purchase a bunch of soundproofing materials make sure you know exactly what you’re trying to do. If you’re building a home theatre or music studio you may may want to use sound absorption materials to ensure you don’t bother your neighbors.
If your neighbors are bothering you then you will want to loko into sound isolation – protecting your home with Green Glue and other sound deadening a materials from the sounds caused by airplanes, parties, motorcycles, and exterior air conditioning units, and anything else that’s bothering you.
The more research you do before you get started the easier your soundproofing project will be. Good luck!