Are you renovating? Consider noise control!

Soundproofing & noise control while renovating

If you are doing home renovation as a contractor, or having it done as a homeowner, you need at least to think about soundproofing and noise control.  This aspect of home renovations is usually overlooked, but this is a mistake.

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How much soundproofing do I need?

soundproofing wall

My clients frequently ask this simple question about soundproofing and STC rating.  But the answer is not simple, and needs some explanation.

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A Neighbour Complains About Your Piano Playing

Complaints about piano playing

I have recently received a call from a client looking for solution to her problem.  She lives in a condo apartment and her neighbour is complaining about piano playing in her apartment.  She already did some soundproofing, but complaints continue.

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Botched Duplex Soundproofing

Quality basement soundproofing

A client called me to help with a duplex soundproofing. When I visited the client, I have discovered a newly renovated duplex house that the client has converted from a single family to a two-story duplex, with apartments on first and second floor. The client had a contractor to build it as a two apartment renovation, expecting to get the soundproofing done to current building code requirements.

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Condominium Buyers, Beware of Noise!

Noise causing curtain wall

People looking to buy a condominium apartment expect that the apartment will be quiet and pleasant to enjoy.  They have this expectation about noise especially if the condominium is expensive. Often, they are disappointed.

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Why soundproofing measures are often disappointing?

Soundproof party wall

There are many reasons why soundproofing fails to provide the expected relief from noise. Here are the two main reasons:

  • Poor quality workmanship.
  • Failure to recognize and treat flanking noise paths.

I will address in this article the issue of flanking noise paths in side-by-side residencies, such as in semi-detached houses or townhouses.

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Improving Room Acoustics

Poor room acoustics

Most public spaces, and many work locations and offices have very poor acoustics. Noises in the space just reverberate and appear to be much louder than the original source of the noise.  

Here is an example recorded in a typical coffee shop with poor room acoustics:

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Green Glue versus QuietRock. Which is better?

Comparing Green Glue with QuietRock

Clients often ask me this question. They want to know an unbiased recommendation which soundproofing product they should use for maximum noise reduction and soundproofing effectiveness. Is it Green Glue, QuietRock or SilentFX? To find out my answer, read on.

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Building Home Recording Studio – A Book Review

Book about building a home recording studio

Home Recording Studio, Build It Like the Pros by Rod Gervais

The reason that I have decided to write review of this book is that I like the book.

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New ASTM Impact Noise Test

Impact Noise Test

On April 3 and 4, 2017 I have attended Toronto meeting of organization called ASTM International . I found the meeting very interesting and educational. This short blog article will bring this important organization to awareness of my clients. I also highlight a new impact noise test.

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