Soundproofing Myths – Do’s & Don’ts for DIY Soundproofing

As a service to those doing their own DIY soundproofing, we’ve prepared this list of Do’s & Don’ts.  We wont explore every aspect of doing a good soundproofing job, but rather suggesting to avoid certain materials and processes that can save you tons of time and money.  Don’t waste time and money on ineffectiveness!  If you have lots of time and wish to experiment with different techniques and unknown materials, please do so!  (and let us know how it comes out!).  Many people have made the errors mentioned here and some have been kind enough to pass them on to us for inclusion.  Please feel free to contribute!

How To Soundproof a Garage Door

We recently had an inquiry from a customer who is having noise issues with a garage door and that email read:

“I need help reducing the garage door noise coming thru the ducts.  My daughter’s HVAC supply is routed thru our attached garage, while it is foil wrapped in something, already we can still hear the opening and closing of the motor.  Her bedroom is on the second floor while the garage is in the basement…

What Is A Triple Leaf Effect?

A triple leaf partition has two air cavities rather than the typical one air cavity. Similarly, a quadruple leaf partition has three air cavities. Triple and quadruple leafs are most often created when constructing a new wall in front of an existing wall. The other common ways include installing resilient sound clips or resilient channel over existing drywall. This applies to both walls and ceilings alike. A leaf in a partition is a solid layer, like drywall or plywood…

How Do Decorative Acoustic Panels Impact Room Acoustics?

A wall-to-wall acoustic ceiling is a common solution in many buildings and room types of today. But a wall-to-wall ceiling sometimes just is not enough to create good acoustics – there can be a need for more sound absorption on the vertical surfaces…

Soundproofing Hotels & Motels

Sheraton Calgary Exterior

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…

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)…