Top 7 Soundproofing Myths
At times, people try avoid the use of acoustic panels, as they fear they’re ugly.
Acoustic panels are anything but, panels can be fully customised to your wants/ needs,
printed on or the use of different colours/ shapes. So the use of Acoustic Panels can in
fact make a room look more decorative.
At times, doing it yourself can be adequate enough. However, with more complex
products or wanting to do a guaranteed good job, doing it yourself can be risky.
On a few occasions, we’ve been called in to repair/ start again on a project which
has gone wrong, because the contractor thought they could’ve done it themselves.
Maybe not a myth but a way of going. People hope the sound will get better over
time, as they try to get use to it. The sound won’t get any better, in matter of fact,
it may cause hearing difficulties further down the line. (Such as Tinnitus)
Screwing down/ nailing the carpet down will make it soundproof?
Yes carpets do bring some acoustical properties (absorption- if at all) it would
be some minimal you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference, so soundproofing/
it’ll soundproof the room? Not a chance.
Some individuals believe soundproofing is an electronic device, which absorbs
any unwanted noise. This would be extremely cool to have, however, this isn’t
the case (at the moment).
An extra layer of paint will soundproof the room?
No, no, no, paint could “help”… if your used 10inch thick lead, but that’s
another story (and, your wall might just fall down, so that won’t be very
effective, compared to a soundproof wall solution..)
Check out the reference below for more details.
If soundproof floors work, can’t I just nail the floor underlay to the walls/
doors to soundproof them too?
This is more common to what you may want to believe, however, each area
of the room requires different acoustical properties and different build ups,
so nailing some underlays to a wall, won’t work.
Reference : Soundproof Paint (No 2 in list), the only acoustic paint readily available would be an acoustic spray plaster, which is an sound absorption solutions opposed to soundproofing. The acoustic spray plaster works by allowing sound travel through the system and getting trapped in an acoustic wool, therefore not reflecting the noise back. For more information check out the Absorb-R GypLine aw by Soundis.