Soundproof Windows – How They Work

Bquiet 1 - Soundproof Rooms

Sound is heard through the weakest link, adversely the loudest sounds are heard; Example: If you are in a group of people who are talking, you must speak louder in order to be heard. The ability for something to reduce the amount of sound that passes through it is measured in STC or Sound Transmission Class – it is expressed on a scale of 0-100. 100 means complete soundproofing…

Why We Lose Our Hearing

What’s one of the most common health concerns in North America? You may be surprised to learn it’s hearing loss. Around 48 million people in the U.S. alone — that’s 20% of the population — have trouble hearing. So, what causes our loss of hearing, and can we prevent it…

Decorative Absorption Panels: Common Q & A

Decorative Acoustic Panels

Many people call us about Decorative Acoustic Panels aka DAP’s, thinking they are a cost-effective and attractive solution to stop room-to-room noise transfer. While they are inexpensive and do improve a room’s interior acoustics, their application is different than many assume…

Soundproofing Your Home in a Busy City

Calgary Skyline

Calgary is a big city, and with its size comes a whole lot of noise. Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon & Winnipeg are all in the same boat; the sounds of daily life are practically unavoidable in public, but your home should be your haven, no matter where you live. The only problem is, many of the units in Western Canada’s bigger metropolis’, most popular living accommodation – apartment buildings and condos – aren’t soundproof…

What is Decoupling?

Resilmount A237 Installation Diagram

The basic definition of decoupling is to separate objects. Decoupling to isolate sound is most commonly done with resilient sound clips, resilient channel, or specialty framing like double stud or staggered stud walls. Sound vibrations will transfer best from material to material rather than through open space. An example of this would be sound transfer from drywall to framing and then to the drywall on the other side. You can stop this transfer with decoupling by reducing the number of connections (resilient sound clips) or by breaking the path entirely (specialty framing)…

Top 10 Loudest Animals

If you think some people are too noisy then wait till you read about some of the loudest animals in the world. A normal human shout is around 70 decibels. Anything above 120 decibels and it becomes physically painful. There are many animals, birds and even insects that can make much louder sounds than that. Sometimes animals use these sounds as mating songs while at other times they use them to scare away rivals. Whatever be the reason, when it comes to making a racket, these animals top the list…

Debunking Bogus Floor Underlayment Ratings

Floor Muffler Soundproofing

Acoustic floor underlayments increases IIC and STC ratings in floors. With the many different acoustic underlayment products, there seems to be some debate on which material works best in floors, as well as the legitimacy of the ratings for these products. We can help resolve some of this confusion…