Friday, November 18, 2005

New York Soundproofing

The majority of our calls and sales actually come from New York City. In this great city there are many unique soundproofing issues to deal with. There are cramped quarters and small flats or lofts where people are desperate for peace and solitude and escape from the rat race of "Big City Life." Many of the buildings that have been converted to lofts or studio apartments are well over 100 years old. That means that the wood in these structures has aged and is extremely resonant. There are many factors to consider in NYC that are usually not issues in other parts of the country. The wood is just one aspect; another is lathe and plaster walls and ceilings. As a rule, plaster is NOT a good soundproofer and by it very nature it is difficult to soundproof plaster. It is better to remove the old plaster and start from bare studs or joists. I know I know, what a mess it is to remove plaster, but if you are serious about soundproofing your unit, then it is your only real option. Starting from bare studs and joists is always best when soundproofing. It will be more costly, but it will pay dividends in the long run. When working with bare studs and joists, you are able to place much needed sound batt insulation inside of those cavities. These sound deadening materials are essential for deadening the actual wood structure prior to adding soundproof barriers such as mass loaded vinyl or lead sheeting. If these cavity areas are not treated with sound deadening materials, they will tend to act as speaker enclosures and will pretty much amplify the already annoying noises.
The major concerns we deal with in New York and other cities are that of footfall noise (impact noise from walking). This is one of the most difficult noises to combat, as it is structure borne noise and thus the structure must be treated or deadened in order to get even adequate soundproofing in a lower unit.
We A constantly bombarded with calls asking us if any "blown in" products will work to deaden the foot fall noise from above. From our experience, blown in cellulose or other blow in products such as expanding foam have little or no effect when it comes to stopping footfall or impact noise transmission from above. The truth is simply this, there is no mass in these products and it is nearly impossible to get complete coverage when you are punching a few holes into the drywall or plaster and then pumping in cellulose or foam. If these products were indeed effective, all of the regular soundproofing companies would be out of business. Believe me.
Soundproofing properly may cost a little more money, but it will be money well spent over the long haul.
At Soundproofing America our professional staff is there to help you every step of the way. If you are losing sleep because of loud tromping from the unit above, generally money will not be an issue. Getting a good nights sleep is more valuable than gold to many New Yorkers. You need answers and you need them NOW.
That’s where the experts at Soundproofing America can provide you with the advice and the soundproofing products required to soundproof your home, and as a result obtain the peace and solitude you deserve.
For help with any soundproofing issue, please feel free to call the experts at Soundproofing America, we know soundproofing and we have the knowledge and know how to help you complete any soundproofing project. Remember, no job is too large or too small for the pros at Soundproofing America.
Thanks for reading and learning together. We welcome your comments.

As Always,
Bob O.
Senior Technical Advisor
Call Toll free (877) 530-0139

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