What Materials Can Block Sound?

When you live or work in a loud and busy environment, you are familiar with the many disruptive noises that can impact daily life. From cars honking on the road to the next-door neighbor’s dog barking, unwanted external noise can negatively impact us in a number of ways. Studies have even shown that continued exposure to high levels of noise can take a toll on health in the form of high blood pressure, increased stress, and loss of sleep. Whether you’re building a new home or planning to renovate, using sound-blocking materials is the best way to ensure a calm and peaceful environment that promotes rest, relaxation, and focus. The following materials are great options to consider when exploring materials that can block sound.


What Materials Can Block Sound?

Whether you’re building a new home or looking to incorporate more soundproof materials into an existing building, there are a variety of materials to choose from. Some of the most commonly used sound blocking materials include:


Mass-loaded Vinyl. One material you are sure to find on any list of sound blocking materials is mass-loaded vinyl. A versatile material, mass-loaded vinyl is used to increase mass in floors, walls, and in some cases, ceilings. With the added bulk, more sound can be blocked from outside, between rooms in the same dwelling, or between shared walls in an apartment or condo-type building. Mass-loaded vinyl can even be used as a way to soundproof air ducts and pipes.


Wool Insulation. Another on the list of effective sound blocking materials is acoustic mineral wool insulation. Whenever constructing a new home or office building, it’s important to consider the type of insulation you choose for walls and ceilings. Acoustic mineral wool insulation is a great choice, as it has the mass and ability to absorb sound to create significantly quieter spaces. During the construction of a house, installation of this type of insulation is simple. If adding this insulation to an existing home or a space that already has drywall up, the drywall will need to be removed in order to reach the right spots underneath. From there, you will simply need to stuff the wool insulation into place between the vertical wooden studs.


Soundproof Drywall. It may come as a surprise to some to learn that drywall can be an effective soundproofing material, however, there is a specific type of drywall that has been specially designed to reduce noise.  Soundproof drywall comes available in a range of thicknesses depending on your needs, though to enjoy the full soundproofing benefits the thicker the better.


Acoustic Caulk. One of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to soundproof your home or office is to use an acoustic caulk or other form of sealant. Acoustic caulk or sealant can be applied to cracks and gaps in doors and windows that result either from normal wear and door, or those that show up after poor installation. Further, acoustic caulk can also be used to plug and seal off cracks in drywall.


Glass. Also on the list of effective sound blocking materials is glass. Glass is a crucial component to any sound blocking system, as the windows you choose can determine the amount of outside noise that makes it into the interior of your home or office. To eliminate as much noise as possible, you should install as thick of glass as possible. The average single-pane glass window is only 1/8” thick, and therefore allows a great deal of sound to travel into the interior of houses easily. Soundproof windows, such as those provided by CitiQuiet, use incredibly thick, laminated glass to create a strong sound barrier.


At CitiQuiet, we have engineered the highest quality glass capable of eliminating up to 95% of external noise. We offer a variety of glass for all of your soundproofing and thermal needs: 1/8″, 1/4″, 1/4″ laminated, 3/8″, 3/8″ laminated, 1/2″, 1/2″ laminated, 1″, 1″ laminated. All glass can be chosen to be clear, SuperClear (Starfire), Low E, or tinted the color of your choice.



Why Choose CitiQuiet Soundproof Windows?

In addition to featuring glass unmatched in quality and performance, CitiQuiet soundproof window systems do not require any alterations or construction to existing windows or frames. Instead, they will be custom-made to the specifications of the opening for the perfect fit. Further, they are incredibly energy efficient, capable of blocking up to 99% of dirt and drafts which will ultimately save you a great deal on heating and cooling costs.


Contact Us Today

The best way to prevent outside noise from entering your home or office is to invest in quality soundproof windows from CitiQuiet. With decades of experience, we are leading the industry in developing the highest performing windows constructed from the right materials to keep unwanted sounds out of interior spaces. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your needs, and the CitiQuiet soundproof window options available. We can’t wait to help you create the calm, quiet, and peaceful environment you need to thrive.


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