Noiseproofing sealant isn’t a one-size-fits-all product. You may have purchased a cheap noiseproofing sealant for your windows thinking that it might be sufficient. However, if you’re living in a noisy community like New York City or San Francisco, the cheap stuff just won’t cut it! In this post on why not all noiseproofing sealant are created equal, we’ll breakdown the various types of noise and how they relate to different types of materials.
That’s why so many New Yorkers and San Franciscans call Noiseblocker Window Films . If you’re looking for noiseproofing sealant to solve your noise problem, we’re the guys to call.
For starters, let’s look at the two types of sounds. Sound travels through air and is familiar to everyone. It’s when sound vibrates from one solid object to another that it becomes difficult to measure. We’ll call this “vibrational noise.” This is caused by vibration through floors, ceilings and walls. The soundproofing products that work best on these types of noises are different from those used for air sounds. This is because they have a wider range of frequencies that can either absorb sound. This makes them very effective against vibrational noises.
Vibrational noise is caused by the mechanical vibration of motor and electronic components within the material, for example, glass and wood furnishings. Vibrational noises can be from an acoustic levitation system in a hotel room to the air conditioner unit in your office.
Air sounds are caused by vibrations through floors, walls and ceilings that travel though drywall, plywood or drywall combined with dampness. This type of noise comes from mechanical equipment like air conditioners or heating units, steam boilers in bakeries or gristmills and transducers on jet engines and subsonic jets. However, there’s no magic button you can push in your basement or in your apartment to solve the problem. It’s a multifaceted problem that requires an extensive and comprehensive process. That’s why we like to describe it as “noise abatement” instead of noise proofing.
The type of noise that you’re experiencing are different from those on your neighbor’s block. The reason why we say this is, if all of their neighbors are experiencing the same problems that yours are, then something is wrong with the block they live on and not just their individual apartments or buildings. They might have too heavy a traffic of people coming in and out of their buildings or they might be in close proximity to car traffic. In this case, they might have too much exterior noise from cars and trucks or their floors have to be thick enough to absorb the noise from directly below them.
If you are spending an exorbitant amount of money on windows, you should be happy about it if it’s going toward your home’s soundproofing solution. The money you spend will not only be for the window replacement but also for the soundproofing materials that will go behind your window frames. These materials can consist of insulation, closed cell foam, drywall boards, gypsum board and polystyrene.
Noiseproofing sealant is really an extension of the basic idea of soundproofing, and this is why it’s important to use the right product for your situation. This is especially true if you want to achieve a total soundproofing solution within your apartment or home. So when you’re looking for noiseproofing sealant, be sure to ask your contractor about which product will work best for your situation.
If you feel that a cheap noiseproofing sealant just won’t cut it and you’re ready to get serious about finding the right one for your situation, give us a call. We can help you find the right noiseproofing sealant that will solve your noise problem.
Where do you apply a noiseproofing sealant?
The noiseproofing sealant can be applied in any interior rooms with windows, this includes dining room, bedroom, living room and bathroom. If a soundproofing product is not applied on the walls behind the windows, then you are not doing anything to dampen the noise. This is why we like to think of it as a “Noise Abatement” rather than a “Sound Proofing.”
How Do We Know If Your Windows Are Noisy?
In order for us to evaluate your window’s noise levels we will need you to make a recording using our Sound Level Meter . Usually we will place the microphone of the Sound Level Meter in front of your window. If you would be more comfortable placing the microphone next to your bed, that’s ok too. As a reference, if you sleep three feet away from the window we will compare the sound level of your noise to that of a vacuum cleaner.
How We Measure Your Window’s Noise Level?
The reading is in decibels (dB). While this may sound confusing now, as you get to know your Sound Level Meter readings better it will seem like second nature.
What Will Our Technician Do With The Sound Level Meter?
We will place the microphone of the Sound Level Meter 3 feet from your window and get a baseline reading. If the baseline reading is not too high, then we will place the Sound Level Meter at your window and record all the readings. Then repeat this process again with a few inches closer to your window frame. The last reading should be taken right at your window’s frame of glass.
How Do I Prepare My Window?
The removal of the window from the shower stall is required prior to sensing any vibration of sound through it’s glass. In order to obtain this level of control, you will need to remove the shower stall from your bathroom and place it elsewhere in your home. Make sure that you leave a 6 inch space between the bottom edge of your shower wall and floor and anything that is under it (tiling, cabinets etc.). At this point, you will need to respect the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to removing your shower stall (depending on what type of shower stall you have). You will have approximately 10 minutes before the sealant begins to set.
How Much Time Will This Take?
Most jobs can be completed within 1-3 hours depending on the size of your home or apartment.
What’s The Cost Of Noise Proofing?
A 2 story apartment can cost anywhere from $3000-10,000. Depending on where you’re located in Miami Beach you may or may not be able to get a discount for using our company. We also offer discounts to seniors or veterans and can help you determine if you qualify for a discount. The average job cost is usually somewhere between $1500-$2500 depending on the size of your home or apartment.
How Much Will Soundproofing Repair Cost My Bedroom?
In general, it is recommended that you don’t paint the ceiling since this will always make it more difficult for soundproofing to work. We will usually take out the wall and ceiling tile as well as many times the existing drywall for a more open area to work with. You may also want to remove your bed and or any furniture for a completely open space. The average project costs varies between $2000-3500 depending on the size of your home or apartment, and duration of the job.
How Much Will Soundproofing Repair Cost My Living Room?
The same steps are taken in above this question but you will not require removal of your ceiling (although it can be done). We will usually take out the wall, ceiling tile and most often the existing drywall so that we can have better control over soundproofing your room. The average project costs usually runs between $2000-3500 depending on the size of your home or apartment, and duration of the job.
How Much Will My Project Cost?
The average job cost is usually somewhere between $1500-2500 depending on the size of your home or apartment.
What Will My Door Original Soundproofing Meets?
When it comes to soundproofing repair, we will need to look at your door to see how it was put together with aluminum or wood slats between the panels. If there are any gaps we will need to decide if we want to tighten them or just incorporate them into our soundproofing system.
What Do I Do With My Old Soundproofing?
If you used a noiseproofing sealant before, most times we can reuse it on your existing wall and do not have to worry about removing it. However, we do prefer that you remove it so that we can ensure nothing is blocking it from working properly.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to soundproofing is that you need to keep a constant eye on your soundproofing system. If you have water leaking behind your wall and it seeps through and into your drywall, then the drywall will absorb the moisture and warp away from the wall. This will leave a gap for air to infiltrate, which is where noise gets in.
If you have a wall in your home that was put up before the mid-80’s then there’s a good chance it is paper-based drywall. Because this type of drywall is so soft, water can easily get through cracks or seams in the drywall or studs and begin hitting the sheetrock behind it.