The Sound Advice Blog

Sound Blocking

This is what people usually mean when they use the term ‘soundproofing’. If you are trying to stop the transmission of sound from one area to another, you need sound blocking materials.

  • PrivacyShield® Noise Insulation Class (NIC)

    How to soundproof an office for speech privacy

    The Problem:  Since offices, conference rooms and patient exam rooms are typically built with economy in mind, they do not provide speech privacy.  Keeping sensitive information and conversations private requires a construction assembly intentionally designed to block sound from one space to another. Human Resource issues require discussions to be private.  Company strategies may need […]

  • Heard Island Expedition Acoustic Blankets

    AQFA-10 Blankets at work on the Heard Island Expedition

    On March 1, 2016, the Heard Island Expedition Team boards a flight for Cape Town, South Africa. Their ultimate destination is Heard Island, where they plan to carry out a variety of tasks related to the study of climate change. In the fall of 2015, we were contacted by their crew to discuss this expedition. […]

  • Soundproofing a Door with Door Seals

    We get calls and emails all the time regarding how to block sound through walls, ceilings, floors, and windows, yet it surprises me how often doors tend to get overlooked. You can add all the layers of mass-loaded vinyl and gypsum to your wall that you want to, but if you have even a 1% […]

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    Soundproofing a Garage

    For this project, we are soundproofing a garage to create a music rehearsal space.  We converted a 20’x20′ garage into two L-shaped spaces. The front portion of the space with the garage doors is a workshop and the other half is a music rehearsal / recording space. The rehearsal space requires soundproofing to avoid disturbing […]

  • Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence

    Block Your Backyard Noise With a Noise Reduction Fence

    Exterior noise and sound can be quite irritating, whether in a residential or commercial area.  Noise sources can come from neighboring homes, traffic noise, pool pumps, HVAC equipment, and nearby commercial spaces. If the sound cannot be completely isolated within an enclosure,  a sound barrier can be inserted into the direct path of the sound. […]

  • Soundproofing a Band Rehearsal Space

    I am a guitar player and have played in various bands steadily now for over twenty years. From garages, sheds, basements, studios, and even dedicated music rooms, I’ve rehearsed in all the usual places that bands tend to use for their practice spaces. I’ve always gravitated towards bands that play more of the harder varieties of rock […]

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    How to Soundproof a Window

    PROBLEM: SOUND & NOISE PASSING THROUGH AN EXISTING WINDOW SOLUTION: SOUNDPROOF THE WINDOW Quite often we get calls to soundproof a window. Our customers have issues with sound from traffic & highway noise, neighbors, barking dogs, HVAC and other machinery, etc. coming into a residential or commercial space. Typically, the compliant is that sound is coming in through […]

  • Soundproofing a Dog Kennel

    Soundproofing a Dog Kennel has benefits for both humans and the dogs. It reduces ear fatigue for the humans and reduces stress for the dogs (which causes them to bark less). A typical dog kennel has painted block walls, an epoxy coated floor and a painted open truss metal ceiling. All these surfaces are used […]

  • Suspended Ceiling Treatments

    Office Acoustics 101: Suspended Ceiling Treatments

    Welcome to another edition of Office Acoustics 101.  Last time we talked about Taming Office Noise in an open office environment. Today we’ll tackle the subject of drop tile ceilings and how they relate to several office related noise problems.  While this article is geared towards office applications, please note that many of these principles […]

  • Soundproof a floor with Isostep Acoustic Underlayment

    Impact noise is a structure borne sound created when two objects collide. This impact energy creates vibrations that resonate through the materials in the structure. It also creates airborne sound that travels through the air. This is often realized in the real world as a ‘neighbor noise’ generated from someone walking on the floor above or other […]