Thursday, July 28, 2005

Soundproofing on the East and West Coasts

Well, we're in the slow season in the soundproofing insustry, so it is a good time to optimize the website for key soundproofing terms and review installation procedures and new product specifications. As I was optimizing I was thinking about the different needs of people on the East Coast as opposed to those on the West. In most respects their soundproofing needs are pretty much the same, but in places like Boston, New York and New Jersey, there are some signifigant differences. The homes in New York City are oft times lofts or studio apartments that were perhaps converted from and old industrial building. To keep that rustic effect, the developers call out for wood floors on many upper units. These hardwood floors are an absolute nightmare for the people down below. Soundproofing these units is difficult at best because the developers generally utilize the existing joist and stud structures and that wood can be upwards of 100 years old. The older wood gets, the more resonant it becomes. Think along the lines of a Stradivarius voilin, or an old Martin guitar. Old resonant wood is great for them, but it is the worsst for soundproofing.
Depending on how the original structure was built, even if you do soundproof from floor to ceiling, there is still the chance for flanking sound which can be transmitted from the soundproofed ceiling into the adjoining walls.
On the West coast there are not nearly as many old buildings that are converted to living areas, and the wooden structures are generally not as old.
The way any home is constructed is something that the soundproofing professionals have little or no control over. This is the primary reason why there are no guarantee's in the soundproofing game.
Now that being said, many of our New York customers have had some remarkable results soundproofing their loft's, apartment's or studio's.
If you are planning on some in depth soundproofing, it is always a good idea to look at the blueprints for your house, that way you might be able to avoid some of the soundproofing pitfalls, such as flanking noise or commonly connected hardwood floors. I hope this has been enlightening for you. Thanks for reading and learning together.

As Always,
Dr. Bob
e-mail: dr.bob@soundproofingamerica.com
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