Does soundboard products help with soundproofing?

Acostical Panels

When you need to lower or eliminate sound for a project, there are a few options available. Acoustical foam absorbs any sound, but can degrade over time, making a mess, and is terrible for dust build-up. Adding insulation between interior walls muffles some noise, but the irritating background noise stills come through, just not quite as loudly or clearly. Soundboard is a wallboard product that can be applied to either dampen or eliminate sound, provided that it is properly installed. Here are some more details on soundboard, how it works, its benefits and limitations and how to install it properly:

What is soundboard?

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Soundboard is a wallboard-type product that is specifically designed to reduce acoustical transmission of noise and vibrations. It can lower noise transmission if installed on one side of a wall, and if properly installed on both sides of a wall, can virtually eliminate noise transmission. It has been commonly used for music studios, shops with loud equipment and in some industrial settings where noise transmission causes larger problems. It is also becoming more commonly used on interior bedroom walls and in hospitals to help promote high-quality rest and sleep.

How does it work?

Soundboard is available either as a soundproof drywall system or as a separate product typically installed underneath traditional drywall. It achieves sound deadening by increasing space between the origin of the sound and the wall, floor or ceiling's other side, adding mass to the wall and absorbing the sound.

To put this into a real-world perspective, a concert is less noisy if you're across the park instead of directly in front of the stage, a stereo is less noisy as you add layers between it and yourself and the tires on your car absorb some of the road noise to give you a quieter ride. These principles are all used in designing an effective soundproofing system.

How effective is it?

As with any material, the way soundboard is installed makes a tremendous difference in how well it performs. For example, nailing a soundproofing panel to a wall will lower the transmission of noise, but not as effectively as other techniques. Depending on the technique used, you can experience anywhere from a mild dampening of the sound to a near-total deadening worthy of a fine music studio.

How to get the best acoustical performance from your soundboard!

To get the best possible performance from your soundboard, you'll want to look through the literature that is available from the manufacturer, but there are several areas where you can increase the sound dampening and achieve the best possible results:

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  • Stagger your studs from one side of the wall to the other, so that no single stud is touching both wall surfaces. This prevents the studs from transmitting vibrations through the wall.
  • Add insulation, either fiberglass, sheet foam or cellulose to the wall. This works very well to help absorb the sound between the wall surfaces, especially vibrations that are present in the bottom or top plates that can bounce around between the wall surfaces.
  • Use adhesive instead of nails, screws or staples to glue the soundboard to the studs. Creating a hardware connection between the stud and the soundboard provides a structure for the vibrations and noise to transmit across.
  • Use a "room-within-a-room" to create dead space around the room you're constructing. Staggering your studs is one way to achieve this, but you can also build a completely separate secondary stud wall on top of a floating floor system. Resilient clips and track are a great option if you're dealing with a tight space.

Now that you've had the opportunity to learn about acoustical products that lower or eliminate noise transmission, why not take a look at what's available for your project? Our company has been serving the four-state region for over 45 years, and our experienced customer service representative are more than happy to help you with your project. 

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