Acoustic Insulation

Acoustic Insulation

For those of us who do not live in the peaceful valleys of the countryside, acoustic insulation is one step towards that level of peace and quiet.
Acoustic insulation is a type of soundproofing that prevents exterior noise from entering a structure by way of padding and porous material in the walls.
If you are looking for the most reliable acoustic insulation, Performance Energy would love to assist.


If you’ve ever seen inside a radio station, for example, you will be familiar with the triangular foam on the walls. Acoustic insulation works the same way as that foam, by allowing space for sound to bounce around and be absorbed from within your walls and ceilings. Because sound is able to travel in more than one fashion, the exact process and choice of materials used to manage sound in this way will vary.

Different Kinds of Acoustic Insulation

For us to insulate your home the most effectively, we will work with you to choose the correct choice (which we know can be overwhelming). Towards this end; however, it is important to remember that any choice of insulation will do the same thing: increase acoustic dampening of a wall or other structure by absorbing sound and increasing the density of the walls in which the insulation is applied.

Blankets and Batts

This type of insulation is the same type we would install for heat insulation. It is made from finely crafted fibers of cotton, rock, or cotton, that are woven together to create a thick layer a few inches thick. We install this between wall studs and inside the floor or roof framing to manage noise by posting that barrier between the source and your space. This is the same way we keep heat in and cold out.

Blankets like this that are too dense do well at preventing high-frequency noise more completely, but low-frequency noise can still vibrate through architecture and insulating materials above a certain density level.

Similarly, blankets that are too thin will struggle to block high-frequency sounds, and it is for this reason that we need to select the correct material for your particular insulating needs.

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Gypsum Panels

Another name for drywall, Gypsum wall and ceiling panels, act as an effective form of sound insulation simply by putting more stuff in the way of sound like traditional wall or drywall does naturally.

Adding a second layer of drywall in this way to a standard framed wall does a good job at preventing loud noises from moving through the walls between rooms.

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Viscoelastic Products

Viscoelastic products are materials with properties similar to liquid, and – if you’ve ever had your head under water – is a powerful tool for reducing noise transmission and absorbing vibrations.

Adding a viscoelastic layer between two more solid walls, like drywall or cement board, can help control noise leakage between two rooms by giving sound a material that it cannot travel through easily. These products are similar to caulk and can reduce noise transmission by up to 20 decibels (the standard measurement of sound).

Acoustic Panels

Instead of preventing sound movement from room to room, acoustic panels are meant to disperse sound waves, which interrupts echoing of sound within a space. These panels are often made of mineral fiber like standard insulation, but are coated in a protective layer of vinyl or fabric. Businesses often use this type of insulation in the form of suspended boards from a ceiling, or hung on a wall as stand-alone partitions. These panels are capable of making a room almost completely sound neutral. Acoustic panels are often not installed within a wall, and used for spaces wherein audio recording is a regular need.

For any of your acoustic insulation needs, we are ready to assist. We will help you choose the right option and deliver excellence.