3 Tips for Improved Soundproofing
We’ve spent a lot of time outlining exactly what makes a good (or bad) soundproofing project. Now it’s time for you to take a step back and think about your own upcoming projects. What materials and techniques will you opt to use when it comes time to create your own sound barriers? If you use the wrong ones you may not get the results you hoped for.
Keep the following tips in mind as you begin your next project. Whether you’re working on a commercial or residential project, our goal is to help you get the most out of your efforts.
The ultimate goal of any soundproofing project is to reduce the level of sound entering an area – but do you need to block or absorb that sound. In many cases, sound absorption (the art of absorbing sound before it can go through a surface) is something that gets overlooked. One of the most popular sound absorbing products on the market today is the famed damping compound known as Green Glue.
Decoupling is, in short, the art of making it difficult for sound to pass through any given surface. You will use materials like whisper clips, staggered studs, or a myriad of other techniques to create roadblocks. Sound energy will hit these roadblocks and have to divert itself towards a new path, after which it will hit another roadblock. Each roadblock causes the sound energy to diminish and it will eventually disappear before making it through a surface.
Another great way to diminish the level of sound in your home and create a good sound barrier is to simply increase the mass of a given surface. Denser, heavier surfaces make it hard for sound energy to pass through. If you add a product like mass loaded vinyl to the surface, which adds at least a couple of pounds of weight per square foot, you’ll find your STC level greatly improves.
Don’t forget – while there’s no reason to go hog wild and use a dozen different soundproofing techniques, you don’t need to limit yourself to just one, either. Pick one or two materials and combine them both to get the best effect. You may be surprised at the results you achieve!