Noise pollution is something that most buildings have to tackle regularly. It affects everyone, including people’s psyche, to varying degrees. It is genuinely something that can affect focus and productivity.
If you don’t like wearing noise-canceling headphones all day, you may successfully soundproof rooms to decrease all the noisy intrusions going on around your building. Here are some ways to soundproof a room, including quick and more complicated procedures that use sound-absorbing materials.
Here are the things that you can consider doing:
- Any cutout in the ceiling or wall or recessed lights will reduce the effectiveness of your soundproofing. There are still techniques to plug those holes but bear in mind that anything with a straight cut through the wall or ceiling is a weak spot through which sound will pass.
- Filling the space with any insulation won’t help. It just increases the number of connecting places for sound to pass through. The finest soundproofing ally is air, which allows sound to move through an air cavity and lose energy over time.
- To achieve a 10dB reduction by adding density, you must continuously double the mass. If you already have two layers of 5/8″ X-Type drywall, you’ll need to add two more layers. If you want another 10dB decrease after that, you’ll have to double the mass again. As a result, add four layers and so on. Decoupling aids in the transformation of this into a more manageable source.
- When working with walls, you will sacrifice either the room’s square footage or its functionality. When dealing with ceilings, you will lose ceiling height. Regardless of how you slice it, this is the truth. There are techniques to reduce the amount of room required, but if you genuinely want a soundproofed environment, you will lose anywhere from 2″ to 6″ of space.
- You need to turn off sprinklers and other intricate connections. You can work around these issues, but they may have someone already fa.miliar with the sprinkler system who can lower them for you based on the building. Also, consider installing soundproof access panels so that your maintenance crew can quickly and safely access the critical utilities of your structure.
- Soundproofing with mass-loaded vinyl/quirky rock isn’t the end-all solution. There are various factors to mull over when soundproofing and just putting objects on the walls or ceilings. You cannot solve your problem by just adding more mass-laden vinyl, drywall, or silent rock. If that’s the only option your contractor offers, you could be better off conserving your funds.
- Not all soundproofing businesses are created equal. Some companies outsource all of their labor, so do your homework on who will be doing the physical work. Never put your project in danger by choosing the incorrect contractor. Instead, look for companies with a team of well-trained employees and a long track record.
As people become increasingly aware of how the mental state could affect productivity and quality of work, a soundproof environment is becoming more vital in all buildings. More and more contractors are making it an essential element to consider whenever they undertake a new construction project. Always consult a professional so that they can properly guide you to a sound decision.