Whether you want to keep your own noise contained or block out noise from the outside world, a soundproofing company can help you achieve your goal. These companies specialize in turning any residential or commercial room into a noise-isolated area. To do so, they use the latest in soundproofing technology to completely block sound as it tries to pass through walls, floors, ceilings, and gaps. All soundproofing professionals have their own unique soundproofing techniques, but they all rely on the same base methods and materials to soundproof spaces.
Walls and Ceilings
The best soundproofing systems are installed within the wall and ceiling cavities where they won't interfere with how a room is used or decorated. Some soundproofing companies install super dense soundproofing insulation and others install noise-isolating systems. Soundproofing insulation works by absorbing soundwaves, preventing them from passing through the drywall. Noise-isolating systems work by isolating vibrations to the system rather than transferring them through studs and joists. These systems typically work by separating the studs and joists from the drywall that finishes the walls and ceilings. The new connectors that replace drywall screws deaden vibrations before they can reach the other side of the wall or the floor above the ceiling. Some systems can work with soundproofing insulation to virtually guarantee noise isolation.
Soundproofing floors are different than soundproofing walls and ceilings because floors have to withstand the weight of furniture and people and are finished with a wide variety of materials. Whenever possible, soundproofing companies install soundproofing insulation between floor joists. They also install floor joist noise isolator pads, which cushion the places where the subfloor rests on the floor joists. Over the subfloor, they install impact barriers in the form of specialized underlayments. These barriers vary based on the flooring that will be installed over them. Carpeted floors, for instance, can have thick soundproofing pads installed under them. Tiled floors, on the other hand, can only be soundproofed with an underlayment that is designed to be mortared in place.
Cracks and Gaps
No matter how well your walls, floors, and ceilings are soundproofed, you can still have trouble with noise if your room is full of unsealed cracks and gaps. Wherever walls meet floors and ceilings, soundproofing technicians seal the gaps with soundproofing compounds. If there are gaps around windows, they will fill them with the same compounds. Doors often have gaps under them, as well, and technicians fill these gaps with thick rubber door sweeps. So long as your door closes snugly and is fitted with a door sweep, it should be relatively soundproof. To learn more information about soundproofing, reach out to a company such as J and M Interior Specialties.