Commercial contractors often do not set soundproofing the walls as their top most priority when constructing a building. In most cases, they tend to not focus on the acoustics till the project is completed, which is not right. Commercial buildings require more details and thought process, and each space has its specific acoustic needs. The good thing is, there are multiple options available. In this blog, we have discussed details on how to soundproof a wall and the advantages of soundproofing a commercial building.
5 ways to Soundproof an Already Existing Wall
If you are delegated with a task to soundproof an existing wall between rooms like spaces, there are few methods.
1. Sealing of Cracks
Sound travels through waves. It can easily leak out or seep in through cracks and outlets. Sealing these open endings can greatly reduce the sound that goes in or out. Start to soundproof with the frames of the window attached to the walls. Use acoustic caulk instead of the regular latex one. Close the electrical outlets and circuit gaps that you detect.
2. Addition of In-blown Insulation
Cellulose insulation works really well to soundproof a wall. It is loose, low-density cellulose. The best part about this insulation is that its addition is possible after full construction as well. Adding blow-in cellulose to your walls increases its sound absorbing abilities.
It is easy for cellulose to trap air, which in turn captures and retains sounds. Cellulose is blown in, making it an easy option to fit in any small space. It is a cost-effective option that is good for the environment because it’s made from recycled materials.
3. Heavy Mass to the Wall
Sound needs loose vibrating materials to travel, and light materials give them exactly that. The use of dense matter to soundproof a wall is a good option.
4.Rubber Strips on the Base of the Door
No matter how much effort you put in to soundproof your wall, even a small crack can cause the waves to travel. Therefore it is important to seal the bottom of the door with rubber strips.
It is a convenient and long term solution to make a wall soundproof. Make a double drywall system. Build a new wall separate from the actual one, add materials to soundproof the double layer wall.
Advantages of soundproofing a commercial building
Now that we know different methods, let’s see what advantages soundproofing a commercial building has.
1. Code Compliance
There are some building codes that need compliance, certain noise standards according to the IBC – international building codes set for walls, floors, and portions, making it necessary to soundproof the building.
This can increase the inhabitants’ comfort and living standards, which is the ultimate goal of the builder.
2. Better Indoor Environment
When living in a commercial building, there are increased chances of unwanted noises interrupting daily routines. Individuals who are exposed to loud noises may undergo stress and lose concentration. To avoid this, soundproofing is mandatory.
3. Background Noises
Commercial setups are more prone to background noises of water systems, traffic, and the hustle on the road. This may cause them to have the undesirability of living in such a space. Constant piercing noises decrease productivity. Therefore soundproofing is essential to avoid the problem.
If you are facing the issue of external noises hampering your daily routine and productivity, call Advanced Construction and Development for help. We will provide the best solutions to your problems. Call now at 936.521.2446. for more inquiries.