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June 19, 2009

Isolation vs. Absorption

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The need to soundproof your home is almost inevitable. Most of us live in environments that are relatively quiet but the truth of the matter is that at one point or another you’re really going to wish you had better soundproofing methods.

Before deciding which method is best for you you’re going to have to determine one thing. Do you need to isolate your home from the sounds being made outside or do you need to make sure the sounds you make within your home are absorbed?

Understanding Isolation

When we talk about isolating your home we mean you are attempting to stop noise from entering through the walls and ceilings. This means ensuring that the joints and walls are properly sealed. You’ll also need to ensure you have the best sound control windows possible.

Absorbing Sound

The second method of sound proofing you need to know about is absorption. This method involves using materials that absorb sound instead of allowing them to pass through walls, floors, ceilings, and windows. Insulated sounds bounce back to the point at which they started while absorbed sounds simply disappear without enhancement.Using absorption materials has a number of benefits. You’ll not only keep noise out but you’ll save money on your heating and cooling bills as well because you’ll no longer be wasting money on resources that escape your home through unsealed cracks and old windows.

So How Do I Know Which is Best for Me?

It’s not difficult to determine whether you need to soundproof your home with absorption materials or isolation materials. You simply need to know what type of noise you’re attempting to block.

If you’re looking to block noises from outside – such as those created by your neighbors, traffic, airplanes, and pets – you’ll want to use soundproofing materials. These include Green Glue and other sound deadening materials.

If you’re looking to build a music studio or some other sort of quiet room you’ll want to absorb sounds so that they don’t escape and bother others. In these cases you’ll want to use mass loaded vinyls, Green Glue damping compound, and other similar materials.

Make sure you do a bit of research before starting your sound control project. The more you understand about the materials you need the easier it will be to attain your ultimate goal – peace and quiet!

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