A quiet home or commercial building is relaxing and serene – with a peaceful aura of quality and solitude. Homeowners realize that unwanted noise affects comfort, concentration, and behavior.That is why it is crucial to insulate the ceilings, walls, and floors with a material that effectively controls sound. The Hotel/Motel industry and office space within industrial plants can especially benefit from the superior sound control properties of cellulose insulation.
And since noise from within the structure can be equally disagreeable, it is a good idea to insulate interior walls and floors — so that several people or groups can simultaneously enjoy different activities (such as watching TV, reading, and using the computer). Controlling noise is clearly important, but how can a homeowner or commercial builder know which insulation is best at keeping a home or business quiet?
Put Them To The Test
The best way to determine effectiveness is to conduct reliable, scientific tests. Sound Transmission Class (STC) is a laboratory measurement used to study the resistance of a wall, ceiling, or floor to the passage of sound. The higher the STC number, the more sound is deadened. The table below gives examples of STC ratings.
|STC Rating||Description of Performance|
|30||Loud speech understood fairly well|
|35||Loud speech audible but unintelligible|
|42||Loud speech audible as a murmur|
|45||Must strain to hear loud speech|
|48||Some loud speech barely audible|
|50||Loud speech not audible|
Custom Fit or One Size Fits All?
Different installation methods dramatically affect how well noise is controlled. Fiberglass batts leave gaps and voids since they are cut and patched to fit the countless variations throughout a home or building structure.
Cellulose completely fills the spaces in walls and ceilings that help carry sound because it is sprayed in and provides a custom fit around wiring, plumbing, and other obstacles.
A Real Improvement For Every Home Whether your home is in the planning stages or built 100 years ago, Cellulose will help keep it quiet — a real improvement!