Our home and commercial insulation installers talk a lot about the energy and money savings that come with better insulation when it’s properly installed. But, if you listen closely, you’ll hear (or better yet, not hear) other benefits. Soundproofing insulation reduces noise pollution, creating peaceful, more comfortable work and home environments.
Maybe you’ve seen movies or streaming series in which the villain blasts death metal music to torture some poor soul to the point of divulging secret information. Noise. Too loud. Too often or too continuous is detrimental to our well-being, both physically and emotionally.
Creating a peaceful and comfortable environment in homes or commercial buildings requires soundproofing insulation to prevent noise pollution. Sound-proof insulation helps block sound waves from easily travelling through walls, ceilings and floors, creating a soundproof (or at least much quieter) environment.
Residential Soundproofing Insulation
When it comes to installing sound-proof insulation, here are the six most common reasons homeowners choose to make the investment:
- Quiet noise from outside sources. If your home is located near busy roads, airports or construction sites, etc., you probably experience high levels of noise pollution. Soundproofing insulation can help reduce the impact of these annoying sources of noise.
- Increase privacy. Soundproofing insulation can provide a barrier against noise transmission between rooms or floors in your house. This can be useful in homes where multiple family members live or a home office is used.
- Enjoy a home theater. A home theater or entertainment room requires soundproofing insulation to prevent sound from escaping the room and disturbing others in other parts of the house, or even close neighbors. Also, sound-proof insulation blocks outside noise from interrupting your movie.
- Record in a home music studio. A music studio requires soundproofing insulation to prevent sound from escaping the studio and disturbing neighbors, as well as block external noises from being recorded.
- Improve health and well-being. There’s a reason that health spas are quiet. Exposure to high levels of noise can cause stress, anxiety and other health problems. Soundproofing insulation can help protect you and your family’s health and well-being by reducing noise levels.
- Last but not least, savings. Insulation also reduces energy costs and improves your overall comfort, temperature-wise.
Commercial Soundproofing Insulation
And when it comes to installing soundproofing insulation in commercial environments, the top five benefits are:
- Improved productivity. Excessive noise in the workplace can create distractions, making it difficult for employees to concentrate. Soundproofing insulation can help reduce noise levels and create a more comfortable and productive work environment.
- Protected confidentiality. In some industries, such as finance, healthcare or legal, confidentiality is crucial. Soundproofing insulation can help prevent sensitive information from being overheard by others outside the room or building.
- Met compliance standards. Some industries, such as music venues, recording studios or manufacturing plants to name a few, must comply with specific noise level regulations. Soundproofing insulation can help ensure that required noise level standards are met.
- Increased customer satisfaction. Some establishments, such as hotels or restaurants, prefer to keep excessive noise levels down to avoid an unpleasant experience for customers, which can result in negative reviews and less repeat business. Soundproofing insulation can help reduce noise levels and create a more enjoyable and relaxing experience for customers.
- Better health and safety. Exposure to high levels of noise in the workplace can lead to hearing loss, stress, and other health problems for employees. Soundproofing insulation reduces noise, helping protect employees’ health and safety.
Remember That Chapter in Your School Science Book?
Sound waves travel from the source to your ear. The noise you hear is louder or softer based on a lot of conditions. You probably remember that from your science book in school. Soundproofing insulation works by either blocking or absorbing sound waves. When sound waves hit an insulated surface, the energy is dissipated, and the sound is either reflected or absorbed, reducing the noise level.
Insulation’s effectiveness in blocking sound waves depends on its density and thickness, and the type of insulation material used also affects its soundproofing abilities.
A+ Insulation’s Experts Help You Choose the Right Soundproofing Insulation for Your Environment
When selecting insulation material for soundproofing your home or commercial environment, consider the level of noise to be blocked, the type of space being insulated and your budget.
Fiberglass insulation is great for absorbing high-frequency sound waves, while rock wool insulation is better at blocking low-frequency sound waves. Other materials like cellulose insulation, acoustic foam, or foam board can also be effective in soundproofing depending on the type of noise that needs to be blocked and where it’s to be installed.
Yet, even the highest quality soundproofing insulation won’t perform as well as it can without expert installation. Proper installation techniques are essential to ensure the insulation material is placed correctly and tightly, leaving no gaps that could compromise its effectiveness.
A+ Insulation offers unrivaled customer service, and our experts guide you through the process, from deciding on which rooms and areas to soundproof to assessing the noise levels after installation. We are able to retrofit soundproofing in existing homes or businesses that suffer from noise, as well as installing insulation for new constructions or renovations. For these structures, we use the “drill and fill technique” which involves drilling small holes in the wall and blowing in high density, sound-trapping insulation.