Acoustic insulation can be the answer to a distracting situation in the home. The good thing about acoustic insulation is that it also offers protection against the weather, which is great if you live in a cold environment.
How Acoustic Insulation Works
Sound waves travel like air or water through little holes and gaps in your walls. Special soundproofing insulation protection is great against these types of problems because its designed to not pass too much air. You have to remember that any gap, no matter how small will leak “frequencies”.
You’re best bet here, if you are having problems with sound damping is to install a batt insulation on the interior walls. Not only will this prevent sound from progressing through the walls, it will also add quite a bit of mass, which as I’ve stated before, mass is the ultimate soundproofing.
When installing this type of batt insulation in the home, you have to make sure to fit it properly, as I’ve stated that sound will penetrate any small gap or cut. You can get products such as caulking and green glue that will really help seal the area and ensure a sound proof space.
When installing a batt insulation you should keep the following tips in mind:
- Use kraft flanges to staple the insulation to the inside of the wall framing
- Install the insulation first and then take a utility knife to cut around obstacles.
- Since acoustic insulation is pretty dense, always keep it free from moisture.
The Sound Transmission Class(STC) is something to keep in mind. This is a rating that is used on materials to give statistics on the dampening, sound transmission and other factors. Mostly though, with this rating, you are going to want to see how many decibels that a piece of sound insulation material will reduce a sound by.
Acoustic Insulation Expectations
Just by installing soundproof paneling in a home studio in conjunction with sound insulation batt type insulation you can reduce the amount of decibels(DB) in a room by as much as 30DB. now that is a lot in these listening environments.
If you wish to create a silent, dead space for listening and a flat frequency response, you really should consider acoustic insulation in your home!