Commercial Soundproofing for Real Estate Developers
The Silentium™ System
Commercial developers that specialize in the conversion of older, wood-frame buildings trust our Silentium™ soundproofing system to deliver longer-lasting, more reliable soundproofing results with a lower cost and simpler process.
The Soundproofing Company created the Silentium™ System by working directly with regional real estate developers, to replace outdated and ineffective poured gypsum floors and resilient channel ceilings.
We have a growing list of developers experienced in the long-term problems associated with poured gypsum and resilient channel who have moved to Silentium™. Call us today to see if Silentium™ is the right solution for your commercial soundproofing challenges.
The Silentium™ System has three advantages:
- Lower cost: Silentium™ is less expensive up front AND over time than traditional solutions.
- Easier installation: Silentium™ can be installed by your regular framing contractors (no need for specialized poured gypsum installers).
- Silentium™ will not fail over time. Our system doesn't degrade with wear and everything is easily accessible if a change or repair is ever needed.
Building conversion drives downtown residential markets
In major cities, it’s been popular for many years to convert old warehouses and commercial buildings into upscale apartments and condominiums. These old buildings have long, rich histories and a charm that is highly prized by the occupants. But because they were originally built for commercial purposes, almost every building has its own set of problems and challenges to overcome.
One particular design challenge is the soundproofing of individual living units. This includes sound-isolating exterior ambient and traffic noise, as well as internal sound isolation from noise coming from neighboring units and hallways.
Condo and apartment dwellers want acoustical privacy
Today, acoustical privacy is a prevalent and reasonable expectation for buyers and renters, especially in mid-range and upscale properties where people are paying higher rents, real estate prices, and association fees. Prospective renters and buyers are often willing to spend more for better sound isolation and privacy.
The Soundproofing Company works closely with prominent developers in major cities around the United States to help resolve these soundproofing challenges. We offer high-quality, cost-saving solutions for exterior walls, which shield the occupant from outside noise. And we’ve earned the trust of our clients for over 20 years with our floor-ceiling isolation solutions that will seriously reduce, if not eliminate, footfall noise from hard surface floors. We also work to isolate living spaces from common spaces and parking areas in existing and new buildings.
Outdated soundproofing in commercial buildings leaves a lot to be desired
When it comes to soundproofing, most developers and contractors have turned to basically the same solutions for a century. To overcome the resonant, conductive properties of wood frame construction, standard soundproofing methods have been deployed to isolate sound. These older methods included Poured Gypsum floors and Resilient Channel ceilings. These products easily fail, as our developers are quick to point out.
Common construction practices, whether in use today or 100 years ago, don’t help much with soundproofing. All of the common building materials - wood, steel and plaster - are both resonant and excellent conductors. Connect them all together tightly and you’ve got a serious design challenge to overcome. Even the new 1/2” standard drywall is “ultralite” and a distinct step backwards in soundproofing. Lastly, no one wants carpet any longer. This is the perfect storm for noise transfer.
Why Poured Gypsum floors and Resilient Channel ceilings fail
Poured Gypsum floors rest on a fragile, mesh isolation mat. This mat deteriorates over time and eventually fails, causing a collapse and cracking of the gypsum floor. Without an intact isolation mat, conduction of footfall vibration continues to the floor below, carrying the sound of upstairs footfalls with it.
Resilient Channel for ceilings fails most of the time. RC-1, the original, tested material developed in the 1960s,doesn’t exist anymore. Instead, what is still called RC-1 is manufactured inconsistently and without a common set of standards. It’s also commonly installed incorrectly. This is why resilient channel litigation is so common in North America.
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