Category Archives for Soundproofing

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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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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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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Can Subway Noise in Your House be Reduced?

subway noise

Clients often ask me: can subway noise that I hear in my house be reduced? The answer is not simple, and usually not what the client wants to hear.

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Can Windows Be Soundproofed?

Soundproof windows, noise reducing windows are possible

As I discuss repeatedly in my blog articles, there is no such thing as perfect soundproofing, or soundproof windows. Windows cannot be made “sound proof”, however effective window noise reduction treatment is available.

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How soundproofing works?

Analogy of soundproofing

When we construct a soundproof partition wall, building materials are assembled in in ways that maximize sound attenuation of the wall. We accomplish soundproofing objectives by taking advantage of physical properties of materials.

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