Soundproofing is a great way to ensure that we all get a bit more peace and quiet in our lives, from the offices at work, the schools are children attend and even our homes. By reducing the amount of external and internal sound that passes through our walls, ceilings and floors, we can create more productive and acoustically-sound environments. Sometimes we all need to be able to hear ourselves think, otherwise we just end up feeling stressed out.
There are different types of soundproofing and different parts of a building can have soundproofing work done on them to reduce the impact of sound. Here are the three main forms of soundproofing and how they work.
Getting ceilings soundproofed is a great way to reduce the impact of airborne sound such as the sound of other people’s television sets or pets and neighbours. Soundproofing ceilings is also applied in various professional capacities; for example, sound recording studios have soundproofed ceilings to prevent disturbing neighbouring buildings. Commercial properties can also benefit from this type of soundproofing, especially corporate buildings shared by a lot of people.
Soundproofing ceilings in achieved by adding density and layers to the surface, a process known as ‘damping. ’ This process reduces the sound wave’s ability to vibrate, causing it to be absorbed by the conducting surface before it becomes airborne and audible.
Soundproofing floors works differently to the ceiling and the walls because it deals with a different type of sound.
To soundproof a floor, the floor must be treated so that it absorbs what’s known as impact noise, which this result of contact between two objects. In other words, anything that makes contact with the floor results in impact noise, so every time you walk on the floor, move the furniture around or even hoover you’ll be experiencing it. While unavoidable, there are things that can be done to reduce impact noise. While you can get a similar effect with a thick carpet this isn’t always achievable, so soundproofing the floor will produce the best results.
Probably the most common form of soundproofing, soundproofing the walls of a building helps to block external sound from entering a room whilst preventing internal sound from exiting. This kind of soundproofing is becoming more and popular, especially in residential properties and environments that are sound-sensitive. For example, schools have different types of classrooms, all of which have their own specific acoustic requirements, such as a music room needing to be soundproofed to prevent disruptions to adjoining classrooms.
Soundproofing walls is a particularly good way to deal with noisy neighbours and similar irritants that can disrupt the peace in your home. Even just soundproofing a party wall can make a difference.
If this sounds like the thing for you, you should start looking into your soundproofing options for your home, office building or whatever it is you want to change. Acara Concepts are soundproofing stockists that provide practical solutions using only natural products. For more information, check out their website at www.acaraconcepts.com