There is new interest by public in soundproofing. As more people work from home, they cause more noise during daytime, when other people also working from home can hear it, and be disturbed. Selecting a soundproofing contractor can be difficult.
New awareness of soundproofing
This public demand for soundproofing is the reason why there are soundproofing contractors and there are more articles in newspapers covering this topic. Most recent example is an article by Laura Hensley in National Post. An older article, also in National Post, covered similar points.
One important point was not covered by the articles – how to get soundproofing done correctly, how to find a soundproofing contractor. There are many contractors offering to install soundproofing. Most of them do not fully understand the clients’ need and often the customers are not happy with the results of their work. Here is an example of botched jobs that I have came across. Here is another example.
Some contactors have the experience to do a good job in run-of-the-mill typical situations. However, it is difficult for a homeowner to distinguish between the good and bad contractors, because all of them are good talkers and sound convincing. It is also difficult for a homeowner to know if his situation is typical, or if it includes some difficult, less common problems. Some issues are only discovered after the construction starts.
An example of an unusual old wall assembly is in this picture. This wall has wood pieces wedger between studs, making the soundproofing more difficult. If a soundproofing consultant is involved in the project, he can do a site visit and make immediate recommendations how to deal with this problem.
Get your soundproofing contractor through a soundproofing consultant.
Rather than taking the soundproofing advice from a smooth-talking contactor who has no detailed knowledge of acoustics, hire an expert. Advice by a professional engineer specializing in building acoustics is not expensive in the context of the entire soundproofing project. The expert will provide you with several options and will explain the differences between them. You will be able to choose the approach that meets your need and budget. In most cases, he will also refer a soundproofing contactor with experience in your type of project.
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