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5 Secrets for Achieving Indoor Sound Quality in Your Next Home

The design of a qui­et and peace­ful home requires tak­ing some impor­tant noise man­age­ment mea­sures. These include con­trol­ling the noise that enters the home from the exte­ri­or, the noise between rooms and spaces or between floors, the noise with­in a room itself, and the noise caused by mechan­i­cal sys­tems. Con­trol­ling indoor sound qual­i­ty (ISQ) is a vital com­po­nent of cre­at­ing a qual­i­ty indoor envi­ron­ment that is both com­fort­able and enjoy­able. Imple­ment­ing these five secrets for con­trol­ling noise in your house will cer­tain­ly lead to a more calm and qui­et home.

1. Soundproofing Wood-Framed Walls

Sound­proof­ing the exte­ri­or and inte­ri­or walls is essen­tial for con­trol­ling noise in a home. Sound is a vibra­tion that trav­els through air or con­ducts through mate­ri­als, like the mate­ri­als that make up the walls of your home. One strat­e­gy for sound­proof­ing your home is to iso­late or decou­ple the two sides of a wall so that vibra­tions on the out­side are not trans­mit­ted to the inside. For wood-framed homes, decou­pling strate­gies include a stag­gered stud design, dou­ble stud walls or oth­er meth­ods of stud place­ment that lim­it the sound vibra­tion from con­duct­ing through the walls. Addi­tion­al­ly, insu­la­tion with­in wood-frame walls will absorb the sound vibra­tions cre­at­ed by the air in the wall cav­i­ty, and noise damp­en­ing prod­ucts can be applied between lay­ers of dry­wall to absorb annoy­ing vibra­tions. Anoth­er method for sound­proof­ing wood-framed walls is to add mass to the walls, which typ­i­cal­ly means adding more lay­ers of dry­wall to the wall.

2. The Superb Soundproofing Quality of the Bautex Insulated Concrete Wall

The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem is an insu­lat­ed con­crete wall sys­tem that pro­vides high sound reduc­tion. In fact, the Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem received a high sound trans­mis­sion class (STC) rat­ing of 51, which is rough­ly 3 times as qui­et as typ­i­cal wood framed walls with an STC of approx­i­mate­ly 36 (per­ceived loud­ness dou­bles every 10 deci­bels dif­fer­ence). The Bau­tex walls are sol­id with­out air cav­i­ties and with con­tin­u­ous inte­gral insu­la­tion lay­er, which sig­nif­i­cant­ly damp­ens sound vibra­tions through the wall. Bau­tex walls also con­tain con­crete which pro­vides sound absorb­ing mass with­out hav­ing to add addi­tion­al lay­ers of mate­ri­als. The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem is the smart mate­r­i­al choice for sound­proof­ing a home with­out hav­ing to resort to expen­sive and more com­pli­cat­ed wood framed assem­blies.

3. Soundproof Your Roof and Ceilings

A home’s roof pro­vides a large sur­face area where noise can enter the attic. Instal­la­tion of noisy heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems in the attic space is also very com­mon prac­tice. For a qui­et home, it is essen­tial that this attic noise not make its way into the liv­ing spaces. Insu­lat­ing under the roof sheath­ing and between the attic joists can great­ly reduce the amount of sound that is trans­mit­ted into liv­ing spaces. Also, installing dry­wall on hat chan­nels or inde­pen­dent ceil­ing joists, as well as adding an extra lay­er of dry­wall on the ceil­ing can pro­vide an addi­tion­al noise bar­ri­er between liv­ing spaces and the areas above. Pre­vent­ing roof and attic noise from enter­ing the liv­ing spaces, and con­trol­ling noise trans­mis­sion between floors must be part of the design of a prop­er­ly sound­proofed home.

4. Soundproof Your Floors

Sound­proof­ing the floors is essen­tial to noise reduc­tion and sound con­trol in your home. With new con­struc­tion, con­trol­ling noise from peo­ple walk­ing across the floor involves installing an acousti­cal sound­board beneath the sub­floor. The sound­board iso­lates the sound before it has a chance to reflect up into the room. Anoth­er method of sound­proof­ing floors is installing sound-iso­la­tion floor mats. Sound-iso­la­tion floor mats are con­struct­ed of light­weight closed-cell foam, recy­cled rub­ber, or heavy bar­ri­er vinyl and installed below the sub­floor of hard­wood floors, car­pet with pad, ceram­ic tile, vinyl, or wood-lam­i­nate floor­ing. The mats iso­late vibra­tion and noise from foot­steps or a dropped item, like a book. Sound­proof­ing floors will reduce noise from upper and low­er floors and con­trol impact noise with­in a room.

5. Sound Reducing Windows and Doors

A main path of noise into a home is through win­dows and doors since they pro­vide less sound reduc­tion than most wall assem­blies. Installing more sound­proof win­dows and doors is essen­tial for cre­at­ing a qui­et home, par­tic­u­lar­ly in urban areas. Typ­i­cal sin­gle-paned win­dows have an STC of about 27,and good dual-paned win­dows as high as 32. Most stan­dard res­i­den­tial grade doors have sim­i­lar STC rat­ings between 25 and 35. It is cru­cial that the win­dows and doors are prop­er­ly air sealed to avoid sound trav­el­ing through air gaps. Sound­proof­ing your home must include sound-stop­ping win­dow and doors that are thor­ough­ly sealed.

Incor­po­rat­ing sound­proof­ing mea­sures into the design of your new house ensures a qui­et and peace­ful home. Vist Bau­tex™ Wall Sys­tems for more secrets on sound­proof­ing before you build your home.