Sound, in general, is any vibration transmitted through some medium. Noise, however, is simply unwanted and intrusive sound that often interferes with communication, especially in an office setting.
Sound, when propagated by a medium such as air, expands equally in all directions. This is why noise control is especially important for wide spaces, such as metal buildings used as warehouses, manufacturing plants, and the like.
Previously, I talked about the points you have to watch out for, in the aptly titled article “Know When It’s Time for Noise Control”. So once you’ve gone through the fundamental steps, now you only have to worry about installing your noise control systems.
For metal buildings, you always have the choice between do-it-yourself installation and hiring an expert to do the job for you. Both materials have been tried, tested, and proven effective, depending of course on the extent of the project.
If you’re trying to soundproof your personal studio at home, you might consider doing it yourself. Installing soundproof wall systems actually requires only a few tools. In fact, an electric drill, tin snips, and hole saws will allow you to get the job done in no time.
The beauty of metal buildings truly lies in their flexibility. Imagine, you can further customize your space by simply trimming panels to appropriate lengths, drilling a few holes, and fastening furring strips and carriers to your wall. And voila! You have yourself a soundproof room.
On the other hand, if we’re talking large scale projects such as industrial metal buildings, I suggest you don’t think twice about asking for professional help. For example, most contractors know best about resilient channel applications. In fact, many of them don’t need any special tools to do the installation and they can even finish the job faster than if you would do it yourself, or if you’d choose a different noise control solution. Resilient channel applications require certain angles and measurements during installation in order to perform at its best. For instance, the metal-to-metal contact should be minimized in order to ensure that the sound vibrations are also diminished.
Nowadays, combining noiseproof solutions for both walls and ceilings is increasingly becoming popular for metal buildings. In general, it is best if you ask expert for advice before proceeding with any installations, in order to maximize your return on investment.