Save Time & Money – Choose Wall Blokker Over Layered Drywall

Soundproofing is an obstacle general contractors face during both new construction projects and renovations. The mistake of installing 2 or more layers of drywall is commonly made when combating this issue in the hopes that the extra layers will provide a sufficient sound barrier. Multiple layers of drywall may muffle some sound but will not make any drastic impact on noise control.

Drywall, while an extremely useful building resource, is designed for the construction of walls, not for blocking noise. Typical drywall contains a solid gypsum core that vibrates as it encounters sound waves, allowing noise to pass through easily. Not only does layered drywall do little to block out sound, procuring and installing the extra material is expensive and time-consuming.

Wasted time and money can be avoided by installing Wall Blokker underneath one single layer of drywall. Wall Blokker is specifically designed to block airborne noise as well as decouple drywall from underlying studs to decrease structure-borne noise in both walls and ceilings. It is easy to install and requires less time and effort than purchasing and layering extra sheets of drywall.

Most importantly, Wall Blokker will reduce 75% of airborne and impact noise, something no amount of drywall can do. In addition to its impressive noise blocking abilities, Wall Blokker offers barriers against moisture and air, making it a 3-in-1 solution.

Choosing Wall Blokker allows for the construction of a significantly quieter structure with less material and labor than layered drywall.

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MidFlorida Credit Union Call Center – Case Study

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MidFlorida Credit Union employees found themselves struggling with voice carryover in their headquarters’ call center. With calls being placed continuously by the many employees in the center, background noise built up and became a real problem for workers who were unable to hear over the noise created by their coworker’s calls.

The excessive background noise was distracting workers and creating a difficult environment for them to focus in. The difficulties and frustration created by this type of noise problem can lead to decreased productivity and harm performance.

This Credit Union employed the help of Commercial Acoustics in the hopes of resolving the situation before it became even more problematic. One of our soundproofing specialists assessed the building and recommended the installation of several carefully spaced speakers throughout the center. Once in place, the sound masking speakers play a white noise designed to eliminate background noise in critical listening environments.

The background noise was effectively masked by the equipment we installed, solving the call center’s problem and improving the overall quality of the workplace. The newfound quiet will allow for greater concentration among employees and likely lead to an increase in productivity.

The Commercial Acoustics Team is happy to have played a significant role in the bettering of this credit union’s call center.

Stop Apartment Noise Disturbances Before They Begin

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From luxury suites to affordable complexes, one of the main factors to consider when building apartment homes is sound. Living wall-to-wall with your neighbors can make for plenty of noise disturbances so it comes as no surprise that a quiet and private living space is of value to most apartment dwellers, and they’re willing to pay for it. Yet many apartment buildings overlook this fact when designing their buildings and end up with dissatisfied tenants upset about excessive noise seeping in from neighboring apartments.

If soundproofing is considered during development these issues can be avoided, making the building a more compelling living space for potential renters.

There are many ways for developers to include soundproofing in the design of their apartment complexes. Below are 4 ways to protect an apartment from noise disturbances during the building process.

Insulation

Installing insulation is already a necessary aspect of building a living space, so why not use it to combat noise disturbances? This high-quality insulation is designed specifically with soundproofing in mind and can be used in both interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and attics. By replacing typical insulation with this soundproofing version, the building will become a much more desirable living location.

Sound Barriers

Another soundproofing option is to install a sound barrier below the surface of an exposed wall or ceiling during construction. High-quality noise barriers are able to reduce noise by up to 75%, keeping tenants from hearing their neighbors and their neighbors from hearing them. It also helps protect against unwanted moisture and improves HVAC efficiency, making it an extremely useful addition to any apartment building construction project.

Sound Dampening

One of the most common noise complaints from apartment home tenants involves their upstairs neighbors’ every movement. To stop this issue in its tracks, consider sound dampening during initial construction. The Floor Blokker can be placed onto bare floor surfaces and then covered with carpeting, reducing ceiling noise flow between apartments.

Decoupling

To greatly reduce sound in high-cost environments like luxury apartment complexes, decoupling is an option to consider. This system can be used to reduce noise and vibrations carried from one apartment to the next via walls or ceiling.

If precautions are taken early on, soundproofing can be seamlessly woven into the construction process. The reduced noise disturbances and increased privacy will not go unnoticed by tenants.

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Commercial Acoustics Hosts Homebrew Hillsborough

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This past Friday Commercial Acoustics had the pleasure of hosting Homebrew Hillsborough’s monthly coffee networking event.

By holding events like this one, Homebrew Hillsborough works to create collaborative environments for local businesses and entrepreneurs to grow and flourish together.

Hosting this month’s event was an exciting opportunity for Commercial Acoustics.

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The meet-up began with a tour of our factory, led by Nathaniel Lamb, our Chief Operations Officer. Nathaniel walked our visitors through our factory and offices, giving them a feel for our day-to-day operations and allowing them to get to know our team.

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Following the tour, Walker Peek, our CEO, discussed the ABC²s of Commercial Acoustics:

 Absorption

  • Echo & Reverb Control
  • Baffles, Clouds, Panels

Blocking

  • Soundproofing Membranes
  • Floor Underlayments
  • Wall Underlayments

Cover

  • Sound Masking
  • Ambient Background Noise

Consulting

We greatly enjoyed hosting Homebrew Hillsborough here at Commercial Acoustics and look forward to their future events!