Archive for the ‘Soundproofing Materials’ Category

Hotel Soundproofing in NYC

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012


The upscale 5 star hotel in New York City next to Central Park “The Mark Hotel” won’t settle for anything less than the best. From a  complimentary shoe shine by staff trained by renowned British shoemaker John Lobb to rooms designed by Jacques Grange you’ll only find the best at The Mark Hotel. So when the engineers realized that communicating doors at adjoining rooms are allowing sound to leak through from room to room they did their research and decided to seal the gaps at the bottom and jambs and headers of the doors with high quality door gaskets and automatic door bottoms. This is a great move on the part of The Mark sure to please their clientele and insure that they have a quiet and serene stay. Let’s hope other hotels take the cue and also start paying more attention to this very crucial customer satisfaction needs, sound control.


Hotel Door Perimeters

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

As more and more hotel stayers are complaining of hallway noise coming into their rooms and at the same time worrying that their noise is being heard out side in the hallways we want to tackle the 2nd culprit on the door. The first was the door bottom which we mentioned in an earlier post can be tamed with an automatic door bottom. the 2nd is the perimiter of the door which need door gaskets in order to get a good door seal on the door. Although there are basic ones hotels should probably aim for adjustable door gaskets as these can be used for years to come when doors and frames have a tendecy to shift. Check it out for yourself next time your in a hotel stand in the hallway and close the door there is usually some kind of rubber stripping between the door and the frame chances are that a good portion of the door is not even in contact with that rubber strip let alone creating a tight seal.

If hotels put more effort into it they may even be able to get rid of their sleep wardens. What are sleep wardens… read this msnbc hotel noise article to find out. For more info on how to control sound on your doors see this door soundproofing article.

Hotel Room Doors

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

One of the most annoying sound problems from staying at hotels is the sound coming from the hallways into the rooms through the doors adding to that is the fact that people want their privacy when staying in an upscale hotel and do not want to have to worry about being quiet due to people in the hallways. The first and simplest solution is the gap at the bottom of the door. Sound will just go right under. The solution is a heavy duty soundproof door bottom specifically designed for sound. These can be attached directly onto the door or mortised into the door so that it remains inconspicuous. Afterward the door itself needs to be given attention as to whether it is a worthy soundproof door or not.

Materials 101: Mass Loaded Vinyl

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Mass loaded vinyl is one of the more popular soundproofing materials available for use by the public.

It has benefits and drawbacks, like any other material.

Mass loaded vinyl (MLV) works because it adds density to a surface. The denser, or heavier, a surface is, the harder it is for sound to pass through.

The drawback is that mass loaded vinyl only adds a pound or two of density per square foot, depending on which type you buy. In the end, you aren’t adding very much mass and, as such, you may not have a 100% reduction in sound.

Materials 101: Insulation

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Insulation is yet another material that many people look at when they think about soundproofing.

The problem is that the insulation used in the typical construction project really isn’t very good at absorbing or blocking sound. That’s just not what it is designed to do.

You’re better off using the pink insulation for it’s designated purpose – heating and cooling – and focusing on other materials, like Green Glue damping compound, for soundproofing. You’ll end up with much better results.

Materials 101: Sheetrock

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Here’s something you may be interested in knowing:

Sheetrock lined with lead makes an excellent sound barrier.

Most lead lined sheetrock had 1/8 inch of #2 lead on the side that faces in towards your studs. It’s great for reducing noise, but there’s a problem.

It’s crazy expensive.

We’re talking anywhere from $125 to $250 per piece. Compare that to the price of some drywall and some extra Green Glue and you’ll see a huge difference right away. It’s not worth the money!

What about Sonex?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Sonex Acoustical Panels are one of our favorite soundproofing materials, right after Green Glue, of course. The following video shows just how simple it is to install Sonex panels – and why they’re important for use in a recording studio environment.

Is Green Glue Eco-Friendly?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

One of the most common questions we get about soundproofing materials is whether or nor they are eco-friendly. While we can’t vouch for everything you find on store shelves we can tell you that Green Glue is made by a very earth conscious organization.

The makers of Green Glue put a lot of time and energy into making the safest soundproofing products possible. They’re non-carcinogenic, non-toxic, and are made from the safest chemicals possible. You’ll smell an odor when you use it, but that odor disappears quickly after application. You won’t find a product you feel safer using in your home!