Monday, October 31, 2005

Loaded vinyl barrier for Soundproofing

When people refer to soundproofing barriers as loaded vinyl barrier, they are basically talking about Mass loaded vinyl, or MLV for short. Mass loaded vinyl is a 1 lb per sq ft or 2 lb per sq ft. impregnated vinyl barrier. This vinyl is impregnated with barium salts and silica's (powdered glass) and is specifically designed to replace lead sheeting in most soundproofing applications. Mass loaded vinyl (MLV) is now the state-of-the-art barrier material nationwide. It has none of the hazards of lead foil sheeting and is so much easier to use. Generally lead is shipped in rolls and the damage incurred during shipping is significant. I have had customers spend over 8 hours flattening out a roll of lead foil material that was dropped or damaged during shipping.
The MLV also comes in rolls, but is not nearly as prone to damage as is the lead foil sheeting. MLV is much less cumbersome to work with, but still maintains the mass of lead sheeting needed for effective soundproofing. Loaded vinyl barriers are now being called out in many architectural drawings and plans for both it's soundproofing qualities as well it's ease of installation. Lead foil, though an effective soundproofing material, presents environmental hazards and many people do not want to risk these hazards when soundproofing their home or office.
Soon there will be more stringent requirements for soundproofing of party walls and ceilings in multi family dwellings such as co-op conversions, condominiums, town houses, and apartment complexes. The laws are getting more and more strict on just how much soundproofing must be installed in walls ceilings and floors in these units. Here at Soundproofing America, we are on the cutting edge of mass loaded vinyl technology as well as all the new innovations for soundproof floors and floated ceiling applications.
When you need the finest in soundproofing at the absolute lowest prices in the country, trust the professionals at Soundproofing America, for all of your soundproofing needs. Thanks for reading and learning about loaded vinyl barriers.

As Always,

Soundproof Bob
e-mail: dr.bob@soundproofingamerica.com
Call Toll free (877) 530-0139

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