There are several types of specialty drywall, and one of them is acoustic drywall, which is used for soundproofing. Acoustic drywall holds many great benefits for the inhabitants of a commercial or residential space. Acoustic drywall absorbs sound instead of reflecting it like normal drywall. It removes echos and can lower noise levels in an area, keeping people happier and safer. Whether giving you more privacy or just more calm, many people really like acoustic drywall. Our technicians have been installing acoustic drywall for years, and are well aware of the right techniques and types to use to give you maximum benefit.
For acoustic drywall to be most effective, it must be properly installed. For this to make sense, you must understand that sounds travels fastest through dense materials. In general, the denser the material, the faster the sounds travels. That's one reason sounds travels faster through water than through air: water is denser than air. Drywall is normally installed by screwing it to studs in the wall framework. I a residential property, those studs are normally wood 2x4s. Wood is pretty dense, so if you screw acoustic drywall directly to wood studs, the drywall itself will help attenuate sound somewhat, but sound will travel through the metal screws, across the wood studs, and through the metal screws on the far side and into the next room. In this manner, some of the sounds bypasses the acoustic drywall panels, and the result is poor soundproofing. Properly installed acoustic drywall uses special mounting systems that "decouple" the drywall and screws from the studs, thereby preventing more sound from passing through to the next room.
As you can see, to maximize the sound-blocking abilities of acoustic drywall, you need to know which products to use in each specific case as well as how to properly mount it. Our drywall experts have been installing specialty drywalls like acoustic drywall for years, and we know which types work best in which situations, and the best ways to install each type to maximize their efficiency. When you're ready to give acoustic drywall a try, give us a call.