Sound abatement  (or noise control or noise mitigation) is a set of strategies to reduce noise pollution or to reduce the impact of that noise on adjacent areas or rooms in your home or business. These strategies, when properly executed, allow you to enjoy parts of your home, such as your Theater or Media Room, without worry about disturbing others in your home. What good is a Home Theater if you have to turn the volume down to watch a movie? Nobody wants that!

 

How does Digital Horizons factor into this part your home’s construction? Two ways:

1. Consultation – We understand sound and the construction methods that are most effective for containing it and eliminating its transmission. We can work with your architect or builder to ensure that proper measures are taken during the design and eventual build phase of your home.

2. Acoustiblok – This is a product that we install that acts as a barrier to help prevent sound transmission. Proper construction methods are not enough to eliminate sound transmission, you must decouple and isolate the room from the rest of the house and Acoustiblok is an incredibly effective solution. Acoustiblok (from their website – they say it best):

“…is a revolutionary 1/8″ (3mm) stiff, flexible soundproofing material for residential, commerical and industrial situations. Acoustiblok attaches to wood or metal studs under drywall, floors and ceilings. It reduces more sound than 12-inches of poured concrete!”

As you can see in the photos, all surfaces of the room are covered in the Acoustiblok material, and any wall protrusions (electrical outlets, etc.) that can allow air to pass through (sound can pass through any location air can), are treated with a putty like material to dampen vibrations. All seams and protrusions are then sealed with an acoustical sealant (caulking) and then taped with a special tape that chemically bonds to the Acoustiblok to eliminate airflow.

Photos of a recent (partially completed) installation.

Here’s a quick video of Acoustiblok showcased in a television segment:

Lastly, one of the best things about Acoustiblok is that it’s 100% recyclable, made of 90% recycled organic material. It’s U.L. classified for virtually all walls, floors and ceilings, impervious to salt water and most oils, it will not mildew or mold (lab rated “10”), will not compress under carpet, and adds virtually no thickness to walls or floors.

If you would like more information or set up an appointment to discuss your project in person, please visit our “Contact Us” page.