Soundproofing Hotels & Motels

Location is everything for hotels and motels. Many are faced with different types of noise pollution, because they’re situated in the busiest areas. Highways, nearby trains, airports, and urban streets are all examples of noise pollution that present a challenge for a hotel or motel…

There are many ways hotels can tackle these issues and the best place to start is with major problem areas like windows and patio doors. Common solutions like buying double or triple-pane windows will do very little in the area of soundproofing. You’ll save on heating and cooling expenses, but you won’t accomplish much else. At Hush City Soundproofing we recommend our bQuiet Soundproof windows, which are a secondary window to be installed inside of the existing window. When our bQuiet windows are installed with 3.5″ or greater amount of air space between the 2 windows, that will minimize sound by 75-90% through your windows.

Nowadays, many hotels now consult soundproofing companies like us for the solutions they need. Another option for soundproofing windows at least in the most basic of cases, we create window plugs, which will then be installed inside the existing windows to help stop sound from entering the suite from outside. We make our removable window plugs out of Conasorb F, a flexible polyester polyurethane sound absorbing foam that absorbs airborne and random incidence noise, using minimum weight and thickness.

Other options for increasingly glass-faced hotel rooms and suites include architectural acoustical solutions, like De-Amp Transparent Sound Absorber Panels. They are clear and practically disappear into the windows or glass doors. Acoustic absorption is achieved through airflow resistance via the micro slits in the panels.

But it’s not only noise from outside that irritates hotel and motel guests. Room-to-room noise transfer, such as hearing yelling in the next room or a TV blaring at 3 a.m., is often just as annoying. There are soundproofing solutions for walls and ceilings to help keep suites quiet. Isolating structure borne vibration and reducing sound transfer is key to ensuring hotel guests don’t hear each other. Resilmount Sound Isolation Clips installed with two layers of drywall and our noise damping compound Green Glue in between will achieve this.

Decorative Absorption Panels are a cost-effective solution can help improve sound within a hotel room – reducing reverberation and making large suites acoustically better while maintaining a stylish look. They can also help improve sound in sizable common areas, like lobbies. Lobbies usually have high ceilings and the best way to help with an “echoey” lobby of a hotel would be to install PVC Baffles, which like the Decorative Acoustic Panels, also come in dozens of different colors to match your hotels existing color scheme.

Something else to consider is that many modern hotels now have fitness centres and gyms to serve guests needs. The impact noise from dropped weights or heavy footsteps on equipment can transfer into suites underneath and adjacent. Our Freedom Step & Freedom Step Pro Subfloor Panels are engineered floating floor systems that allow multi-use buildings like hotels and motels to function by mitigating structure borne sound transfer. We also carry Treadmill Isolation Pads that are specifically designed to mitigate noise from treadmills or any other work-out machine like steppers or bikes.

With a holistic approach, considering noise coming from outside, adjacent rooms, and common areas, soundproofing a hotel or motel is possible to achieve!

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