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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.