The Benefits of Commercial Soundproofing
Effective soundproofing during the construction of high-occupancy housing or commercial spaces creates a more positive living and working environment. Soundproofing can improve productivity, the occupant’s sense of privacy, and overall sense of well-being. The following guide to commercial soundproofing discusses why soundproofing is an important aspect of commercial and large-scale residential builds.
Why Commercial Soundproofing Is Important
Soundproofing during commercial construction is essential for the building’s occupants, and it is a requirement of most building codes. The Uniform Building Code (UBC) requires a sound transmission class (STC) and impact insulation class (IIC) rating of 50 for all walls and floor/ceiling construction in multi-unit residential housing. STC ratings concern airborne sounds, and the IIC rating pertains to structure-borne sounds. The acoustical engineering end of commercial construction ensures the material used in soundproofing meets these ratings.
Commercial soundproofing seeks to reduce the noise from external and internal sources through the air and structures. Airborne sounds are noises like music and people talking, where structural sounds are noises related to impact, such as the upstairs neighbor dropping a basketball. Overall, soundproofing a wall or a ceiling makes for happier tenants in multi-unit residential builds.
What Is the Best Way to Soundproof Your Commercial Spaces?
The noise-reducing materials used in commercial soundproofing depend on how space is used and airborne and structural noises. Airborne sounds are achievable by sealing air leaks around seams, windows, and doorways. The elimination of structure-borne sounds requires isolating the contact points between the structures.
When searching for the most effective soundproofing material, consider cost, installation time and needs, efficacy, and product availability. The following commercial soundproofing products are popular choices in new construction projects:
Soundproofing foam. Foam is an inexpensive absorption and dampening material. It is a popular choice for sound deadening in ceilings and floors. However, our laboratory testing shows that these materials are only marginally effective at reducing noise.
Barrier materials. Adding an extra layer of sound-dampening material such as drywall, fiberglass, blown-in material, or foam composite can be a cost-effective way to reduce noise and increase the STC up to 5 points.
Essential decoupling. Decoupling devices provide an extra layer of space between the inside and outside of a wall to stop sound vibrations from hitting it. This can be accomplished through staggered framing, resilient channels, and sound isolation clips. Decoupling can improve a typical wall STC rating of 33 to above the building code minimum of 50.
HushFrame sound decoupling provides the best commercial soundproofing for your commercial spaces and multi-unit housing construction.
HushFrame Is the Best Choice for Commercial Soundproofing
If you are a commercial soundproofing contractor searching for the best soundproofing company, look no further than HushFrame. Our decoupling devices are easy to install, cost-effective, and beat the required STC ratings of 50. At 50 STC, you will normally be able to hear music from the neighbor so a higher STC than code is desirable. Per Alan Case, the inventor of HushFrame, “Actual acoustic privacy begins with an STC in the 60’s. HushFrame achieves STC’s in the 60’s in a variety of lab-tested assemblies. We supply high-performance and inexpensive soundproofing decoupling devices utilizing Vi-Bridge technology. HushFrame stands out from the competition because our general-purpose isolating connectors work with both wood furring and metal clips to provide quick, easy surface installation on studs, rafters, and joists, as well as concrete walls or slabs.
Contact us today and let one of our soundproofing experts help you with your next project!