Soundproofing Table of Contents:
How do I? Where can I find? Why doesn’t ? Who is? What is? When is?
How do I find more information on noise control and soundproofing?
See those link on the left sidebar? It links you to specific areas of this site that addresses particular soundproof problems. Everything we’ve learned in talking with people who have experience in sound control and the soundproofing materials to use has been put into these pages. This is practical info, not geared to controlled soundproofing lab tests and lab numbers.
You may want to get a copy of the EPA soundproof reprint: “Quieting: A practical Guide to Noise Control”, we’ve reprinted it as a public service and it’s available for just postage and the photo copying costs – $9.50 PP ($18 Foreign). You can order from the web site with your credit card! You can even download it for a small fee ($4.95) -and don’t forget your local library! (Give them your copy when done!). Some of our selected books are at “Supersoundproofing.biz“. Even a free download of “How To Soundproof Light Aircraft” – of use to those interested in soundproofing vehicles.
How do I soundproof my window? I can’t get a good nights sleep?
There are several methods to get relief from sound passing through a window, depending on whether you need light or not. These are, in order of importance:
1. Replace the window with a vinyl framed “double/triple paned” glass window, available from your local hardware store.
3. Place a sound barrier in the window frame, blocking the sound (and the light).
4. Use acoustical drapes to block sound as they do in hotels and motels.
Noise control reductions of 50%-90% are reported. Go here for other options.
How do I soundproof a wall? I can hear the people next door talking and suspect they can hear me too!
You bet they can hear everything just as you do! If you’re renting, you probably won’t want to spend too much money on modifications, so go see how one guy soundproofed the wall of his apartment. If you’re of a mind to take down the drywall on your side or can spare the space for a “false wall” check the construction techniques used to soundproof a house. Soundproof Ceilings? OPTIONS
I’m A Musician In A Band, How do I soundproof my room for practice?
Some people think they can hang some rugs, (substitute mattresses, egg-crate, foam rubber, etc for “rugs” above), and get an acceptable noise reduction as to where the neighbors won’t call the cops. Not so! See the myths page for more details.
Where can I find soundproofing materials for my particular problem?
Many common materials available locally can be used for soundproofing, such as bricks, concrete blocks, sand bags, roll roofing, drywall, tile backer board, hay-bales and many others, depending on your problem. Professional materials are needed many times because common materials aren’t suitable or effective enough, depending on the job at hand. Some materials that may seem suitable are not! See the myths section of the website to avoid costly mistakes.
Why doesn’t my landlord help me more?
It’s usually a question of money. That’s why most people renting want a soundproof solution they can take with them when they move, which you can do when you put our insulating mat on panels. You need to point out the enhancement to his property value of a soundproofing project and maybe he’ll buy into it!
There’s too much info here! It’s Confusing! How can I find out just what I need?
Just call us! We’ll be glad to answer your specific questions. That’s what we are here for, to help you quickly understand what you need to know in order to avoid making expensive mistakes. Please don’t call on our toll free order line- thereby tying it up for those wishing to place orders, call us on the technical Support line at (760) 752-3030 We’re here 8-5 weekdays Pacific Time. If the line is busy, give us 5-10 minutes and try again. Also see the Forum and the technical email line (the email box) where we answer questions quickly and clearly.
You can leave orders, card numbers, info, etc on our answer machine after hours, it’s safe and secure.
Who is the “Super Soundproofing Company”?
We’re “Brick and Mortar”! We’ve been selling “Super Soundproofing” materials since 1990, mostly to the aviation industry, world-wide. We’ve added to our sound control product line and expanded with this web site in 1997 to bring these hard to find materials to ordinary people who need them for everyday applications.
This site is not about us! It’s about you and how we can help you. There are some snobbish sound control businesses that have come on line with “Million Dollar Websites” geared to expanding their sales from their industrial base. They offer very little in informative content, basically flogging their common audio control room sound deadening products as “soundproofing” materials.
Unlike most of them, you can talk to us by phone and we’re here to help you (760) 752-3030 9-5 Pacific Time, 5 days a week. Others are just jumping on the bandwagon- beware! Also see “How to pick a soundproofing supplier”. Applies to contractors too!
What is the difference between acoustical foams?
Common acoustical foams are usually open cell, urethane or polyester expanded foams. Because they are open cell, they absorb and pass sound readily. Usually they are used to condition a room which has bad acoustics, such as reverberation due to reflective, hard surfaces.
Closed cell foams, such as our “Super Soundproofing Mat” absorbs readily but does not pass sound easily, making it a good barrier as well. Made of vinyl nitrile, it will not absorb odor and has excellent moisture, durability and fire resistance. Some think it’s the same as neoprene- NOT!
What is the difference between a sound absorber and a barrier?
Absorbers tend to pass sound easily, while barriers block sound. Combined together they make a “Sound Control System”. Our mat is the best and the least inexpensive as we cut it from bulk rolls.
Our “Super Soundproofing Flooring” and “Floor Mat” are barriers make of a 1/8th inch thick “Loaded Vinyl” that weighs one pound per sq ft! Almost like lead and performs very similar. (We have lead too!) The Floor Mat has an added 1/4″ foam bonded to it for a vibration isolator. Typical applications are to place the “Flooring” under carpets and to apply to walls under or over the drywall. The floor mat is used where added soundproofing is needed and the foam backing would be needed to add to the sound reduction.
When is the Government going to do something about noise pollution?
The government has been doing something in the form of expanded powers of OSHA and the EPA. But more grass roots activity is being taken by organizations like nonoise.org which has combined resources to help those with noise pollution problems.
1. They can put pressure on city governments and even condo associations!
2. Raise awareness about noise pollution
3. Create, collect, and distribute information and resources regarding noise pollution
4. Strengthen laws and governmental efforts to control noise pollution
5. Establish networks among environmental, professional, medical, governmental, and activist groups working on noise control issues
6. Assist activists working against noise pollution.
The mission of our Noise Control Pollution Clearinghouse is to create more civil cities and more natural rural and wilderness areas by reducing noise pollution at the source by using soundproofing products