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Soundproofing for Office Productivity

Concentration is a significant factor in the productivity of a business environment, and one of the most significant issues that break that concentration is sound, so it may be time to investigate a sound control service. There are all kinds of ways to reduce noise distraction: headphones, soundproofing tiles, but the best option is insulation because it can also help energy efficiency. 

Minimizing the Distractions

There are two forms of sound production: impact and airborne sound. The sound produced when people are walking around or moving things is referred to as impact sound. Anyone that works in a building with multiple floors knows this can get distracting. Airborne noises come from things like traffic outside, people speaking, and even music that’s being played. 

When insulation is installed in walls, floors, and ceilings, it becomes a sound barrier, thus reducing noise distraction from either of these types of audio production. The insulation absorbs sound vibrations from the source, keeping it from being released into the area next door. 

When you speak to an insulation professional, they will most likely tell you that cellulose, fiberglass, and foam insulation are your best options to reduce noise. They can also advise you on which is the best for your specific building and how best to combat the sound type that is causing the most issues. 

Additional Options

Other options that you have for a sound control service are upgrades like new windows, additional weatherstripping, sound-absorbing curtains, and duct wrapping. If your building still has single-pane windows, it’s time to upgrade them. Not only do single-paned windows let in a lot more sound, but they are also increasing your heating and cooling costs. 

Double-paned windows will improve your energy efficiency and your noise reduction without the price of triple-paned ones. If you’ve already got double-paned windows, it may be time to apply new weatherstripping around windows and doors. Fill in any small cracks or gaps with acoustical sealant and replace any hollow doors with solid ones to help reduce noise. 

Sound-absorbing curtains are another option for you to include because not only do they reduce sound, they can keep the sun out of rooms, which reduces how hot they get during the summer. You’ll want to look for curtains that are in a heavy, tightly woven material like velvet, wool, or blackout curtains. 

A lot of people don’t realize that your plumbing also contributes to noise disruptions. Running water is unavoidable, but you can reduce how much noise plumbing produces by insulating it. This logic also applies to air ducts. 

Call us for Sound Control Services

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, soundproofing and replacing windows. For more information about these and other energy-saving services, contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations

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Soundproofing with Insulation

Insulating your home can do much more than lower your energy costs. It can also provide you with a peaceful home! Maybe you live in a busy area where there is constant racket surrounding your home or maybe there are a few people living under one roof. Whatever the case may be, wouldn’t it be nice to have a comfortable, tranquil and energy-efficient home? The answer is insulation. Insulation absorbs sounds within your home as well as noise coming from the outside environment.

How Soundproofing Minimizes Distractions

There are different types of sound that you hear inside your home. The first type of sound comes from impact noises. Impact noises are produced from movements like a person’s footsteps or a washing machine vibrating against the floor. The other type of sound you often hear in homes comes from airborne noises. Airborne noises are heard from things like traffic outside your house, voices, or even music playing.

When insulation is installed within the walls, floors and ceilings of your home, it acts as a sound barrier. The insulation absorbs the noise vibrations from the source thus reducing the amount of sound released into the adjacent area. Insulating is an effective and affordable way to improve the soundproofing performance of your walls, ceiling, and floors.

There are specific types of insulation that are meant to soundproof a building. It is important to know which types of insulation work best to reduce noise. Cellulose, fiberglass and foam insulation are all good options if you are looking to make your home a quieter place. Choose batt or blanket insulation for cellulose or fiberglass. An insulation professional can advise you as to which options are best for your specific home.

You deserve to live in a home without all the extra noise!

Carrig & Dancer has been providing insulation services to Washington State residents and businesses since 1982. Our insulation services include new construction, retrofits, and upgrades. We also provide sound control and window installation. Contact us today at (253) 584-7704 for more information on how to achieve a quieter home.

5 Simple Ways to Soundproof Your Home

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Because we all deserve a little peace and quiet.

Noise – there is no escaping it. Whether it is the result of noisy neighbors above you, music blaring, an airplane passing overhead or honking cars outside, there is nothing more irritating to the senses than unwanted noise. Unwanted noise that can have far reaching consequences according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In fact, any unwanted noise that our ears haven’t been trained to filter out can mess with our sleep, add to our stress, infringe on our privacy, and generally compromise our quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of soundproofing initiatives you can take alleviate the problem, which don’t require you to go through the expense of remodeling your home.

Here are 5 simple ways to soundproof your home:

#1. Add Insulation

Adding insulation is one of the most effective ways to keep unwanted noise out. Good candidates for additional insulation include the ceilings, walls and attic. Blown-in cellulose is an effective sound insulator. Made from recycled paper or denim, it contains no VOCs, is fire-resistant and environmentally friendly, too. Rigid foam board insulation is another good choice.

#2. Upgrade Your Windows

In terms of blocking sound, the windows in your home probably aren’t cutting it; especially if you’re still rocking single pane glass. Your monthly heating and cooling costs may also be higher than they should be. Replacing old, inefficient windows with double pane offers much more in the way of energy efficiency and noise reduction, without paying a premium for triple pane windows.

#3. Apply Weatherstripping

There are many low-cost ways to soundproof your home. One of the easiest: weatherstripping each window and door in your home. Weatherstrip all points where sash meets jambs, headers and sills, using adhesive-backed high-density foam tape. Fill tiny cracks or gaps with an acoustical caulk sealant. Replacing hollow-core entry doors with solid-core will also help quiet outside noise.

#4. Hang Sound-absorbing Curtains

The same materials used to decorate your home can help absorb a great deal of sound, as well as stop the transmission of outdoor sounds, and keep the sun out of your rooms. Look for tightly-woven, heavy materials such as velvets, embroidered brocade and wools or blackout curtains with built-in liners. To maximize the sound reduction, make sure they cover the wall above and below your window too.

#5. Try – Duct Wrap

Your plumbing also contributes to noise. Water running through pipes is unavoidable, but by insulating those pipes, you can cut associated sounds in half. The same is true for air ducts. Apply duct wrap to all joints before wrapping them with insulation. Use foil-backed insulation with a minimum R-value (thermal resistance rating) of 6. You can also apply this combo to your home’s water heater.

Save Your Sanity With Soundproofing

Noise UpstairsSoundproofing can be a sanity saving home improvement if you have a house full of children or musicians!

With the theory in mind, that sound travels not only faster, but more easily through dense material; we can apply that concept to soundproofing our homes and our offices.

There are two forms of sound. The first is structure borne sound.Footstep Noise The sound vibrations travel through some medium. It could be the floorboards of the house, the ceiling or the walls. That is how we can hear someone walking a few doors down, or someone who is busy vacuuming upstairs. The sound we perceive travels through the wood, or through the ceiling structures.

Annoyed WomanThe second kind of sound is airborne sound, for example, the neighbor’s lawn mower, the airplanes flying overhead, cars passing by, or sirens on emergency vehicles. If we want to “stop” sound, we use mass and space. Mass will block the airborne sound, but space will keep the sound that is traveling through our structures from getting into our living areas.  We do this using the decoupling and insulating method. The image below illustrates decoupling and insulating. The insulation used is a special kind of mineral fiber insulation. Carrig and Dancer carries this kind of insulation and uses it for sound control projects.

There are other factors that are taken into consideration when soundproofing a building. We Insulationmay also need to sound proof the door, the air conditioning unit, the lighting fixtures, the windows and the pipes.  On some projects, it is just as important to retain the sound in a certain room as it is to keep noise out of a certain room.

For more information on sound proofing contact Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7704, or visit them on the web, by clicking here.