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In my view home soundproofing and sound control is an
essential benefit to living in a well constructed home. Reducing ambient noise
adds to client comfort and lifestyle. Let’s review the basic, low cost options
and then take a look at some more thorough methodologies for controlling
interior noise levels in your home.
At Wardell Builders, the basics include:
·Insulation in every interior wall and between
·Sound board (fiberboard) installed on walls
between bedrooms and common room or baths
·Solid core interior doors
·Use of 5/8” drywall over ½” drywall
·Careful locating of outlets boxes
The theories of home soundproofing and home sound control
involve two primary methodologies, first absorb sound, next block it’s
transmission through the structure. The items above do both of these tasks
fairly well and inexpensively. Insulation and sound board absorb sound. Solid
core doors and 5/8” drywall help prevent the transmission of sound. Locating
electrical boxes (as much as possible) to prevent them from being back to back
in a common stud bay maintains the wall assembly sound characteristics. All of
these methods require thinking and good craftsmanship. The best acoustic
assemblies will have poor results if installed incorrectly.
The strategies listed above will do a reasonable job with
wall assemblies; insulation is a marginal aid to floor to ceiling assemblies.
Fiberboard can be difficult to use in some finished floor applications. Our basic
floor assemblies start with a manufactured joist system. This can be I joists
(like Truss Joist or TJI) or open web joist (Red Built or Trim Joist). A prime
benefit of manufactured floor joist is their low sound transmission. Above, a
solid plywood or OSB layer (3/4” minimum) is glued and twist nailed in place.
This assembly with insulation and 5/8” drywall below will do a moderate job in
controlling sound between floors. With this method the finish layer installed
above will heavily influence sound transmission. Carpet will absorb the sound
prior to its transmission through the floor. Hardwood floors will be quiet for
low sounds but higher pitched sounds will easily transmit. How can this be
Floor assemblies can be greatly improved by adding a few
dollars to the design. Below the joist, resilient channel can be installed to
breakup transmission to the drywall. The drywall itself can be upgraded to a
“QuietRock” or equal product. This is a laminated drywall designed for sound
control. Acoustic caulking can be used between the ceiling and wall drywall to
inhibit sound transmission. On the top of the floor frame assembly, sound
deadening products (cork, vinyl mass, gypcrete, enkasonic, etc.) can be applied
that will greatly reduce sound transmission. This finish installed above tends
to drive the selection of these products. Their application can enhance or
reduce the viability of the finished floor’s lifespan. There are too many
factors involved to cover in this short blog.
Sound control is lifestyle enhancement. Make sure it is
designed into the construction of your home. When thought of early, planned and
installed correctly the benefits will be easily apparent and effective. Other
than the more exotic installations, none of these should be seen as cost
prohibitive. The basic addition of interior insulation will add much less than
two thousand dollars to a five thousand square foot home. Sound control is a
high value purchase and should be a part of any quality home.
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