There are many reasons why you might want to look into acoustic insulation. This type of insulation can be used in commercial, industrial and residential applications. Loud noises can actually be a danger to sensitive ears and hearing. Continuous exposure to loud sounds is actually considered a type of “noise pollution” and has been shown to cause stress in some people over time. Even low levels of noise can be disturbing to someone who is trying to work or sleep.
Acoustic insulation is used to block and control noise in three distinct ways:
- to keep sounds or noises contained in a certain area
- to keep sounds or noises out of a certain area
- to reduce echo or reverberation in a certain area
Depending on your specific needs and the types of sounds or noises you are looking to contain or control, there are different types of acoustic insulation available to help you achieve your goals. Acoustic insulation has been used successfully in a number of different commercial and industrial situations, however this article will focus on how those methods can also be used for soundproofing in Cape Cod.
Containing Sounds or Noises
If you have a particular room or area within your property that you know will be generating a lot of excessive noise, you might want to look into acoustic insulation. It is possible to soundproof a room in Cape Cod through the use of acoustic insulation materials on the inside of the room, but it will not be as effective as professional acoustic insulation materials that are installed inside the walls like traditional insulation materials.
Some of the sounds or noises that you might want to use for residential soundproofing in Cape Cod include musical instruments, such as drums, piano or guitar in a specialized music room; woodworking or other power tools in a garage or other work area; and movie theater “quality” sound and vibrations from a home theater.
Keeping Sounds or Noises Out of an Area
This type of acoustic insulation is most widely used in residential applications for soundproofing in Cape Cod and all across the country. If you live in an area where there are a lot of regular, everyday noises that conflict with your sleep schedule or personal comfort, you might want to consider using professional acoustic insulation materials.
Traffic, construction, pavement sounds and even road noise from a random car driving past your home can become obtrusive after awhile to the point that it becomes annoying and distracting. While there are little things you can do to reduce sound coming into your home from outdoors, such as double-glazed windows and heavy, lined curtains, there’s only so much they can do.
Absorbing Sound to Reduce Echo or Reverberation
This type of acoustic insulation is used in professional movie theaters and music studios to improve the quality of the sound. Home theater and electronics stores use acoustic insulation to improve the performance of the products they sell, which is why a home stereo, television or surround sound set-up can sometimes sound better in-store than it does when you get it home.
When high levels of sound are made, natural vibrations, echos and reverb is created, which can overtake the music, dialogue or other sounds that you want to hear. Soundproofing in Cape Cod to overcome this side-effect of home theaters and studios works by using acoustic insulation to muffle and absorb the sounds in the materials. For best results, professional acoustic insulation materials should be used and professionally installed by a qualified insulation installer.
Sometimes acoustic insulation isn’t just room specific. Some homeowners install it in multiple rooms or throughout their entire home, especially when peace and quiet is desired. Not only does acoustic insulation make it more comfortable to live in home that has been protected in this way, but it can also add value to your home and help it to sell quicker. This is true regardless of whether or not you live in a very noisy area or a peaceful beach location. Blocking out external noises can make a home feel more safe and secure.
Commercial and industrial properties that use acoustic insulation find that employees are much happier and more productive in their daily work. Blocking out outside noises can help keep employees focused on the task at hand and, in commercial situations, can also help keep prospective customers focused on the sales pitch, which can increase sales.
Additional Soundproofing Methods
The type of sound we have discussed up until this point is typically airborne in nature. Sound travels in different ways, but primarily it is either airborne or impact sound that affects us most. So in addition to adding professional acoustic insulation materials to walls to prevent sound from passing from room to room throughout your home, acoustic insulation can also be installed between floors to prevent impact sound from affecting sound quality as well.
Footsteps, loud bass in music or the thumping of a drum set are just a few examples of impact sound. Sound travels through the elements that divide two spaces, so either walls or floors and ceilings can be impacted. When acoustic insulation is used for sound absorption, those impact sounds are absorbed and not heard in the room above or below the area where the noise is being created.
How to Soundproof a Room in Cape Cod
If you are interested in finding out more about acoustic insulation or soundproofing in Cape Cod, contact Richie’s Insulation in Westport, MA. Richie’s has experience working with professional acoustic insulation materials and can recommend a variety of options that can help you control sound in your residential, commercial or industrial property. Serving customers on Cape Cod, as well as throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, Richie’s Insulation is the best choice for all types of insulation in the Southcoast region.