While homeowners usually think of insulation as an energy-saving measure, it can also reduce noise. Insulation materials can block the transmission of sound from room to room.
Builders Websource defines insulation as any material that prevents the transfer of energy between two surfaces. Insulation in a home prevents heat from moving between walls or floors.
Insulation provides noise reduction as well as energy efficiency. A home with proper insulation will transfer less noise between rooms, helping to mute the sounds of household appliances, phones and other daily distractions.
Forms of Insulation
Acoustic insulation often comes in rigid panels of varying widths, depths and sizes, while 24-inch sheets called "blankets" can cover larger areas. The Acoustic Insulation Materials website states that most attics require insulation at least 6 inches thick.
Insulation materials commonly include foams, such as polystyrene or polyurethane. A type of polyurethane called Rockwool consists of mineral fibers stitched into panels. Even ordinary fiberglass insulation can block noise.
The Acoustic Insulation Materials website warns that some insulation materials can cause skin, eye or lung irritation when handled without protective gear.
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