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Appliances Decibel Ratings Infographic – With Soundproofing Tips

Appliances are often the loudest noise source in a home. Of these, there are several that are particularly bad offenders, such as blenders, dryers, and refrigerator pumps. Ever wonder how they compare to one another? Check out our infographic on Loudest Appliances and Electronics in your home. Compare against other common noise levels Soundproofing Your […]

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What’s Causing Noise Pollution

When you think about pollution, what comes to mind? Likely, images of smoggy cities, plastic-covered beaches and overflowing trash cans. As physical pollution becomes increasingly prominent, we tend to forget about its invisible cousin – noise pollution. Noise pollution can be harmful, but there are some solutions. Noise Pollution: Causes and Solutions Since we can’t […]

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What does it mean to Soundproof Something?

When you think to “soundproof” a wall or floor, it is difficult to quantify. Unlike light, which is generally blocked or not blocked, sound is a gray area. Certain walls block “more” sound than others, but no wall is completely soundproof. Sound is measured in decibels (dBs) while soundproofing is measured in STC, or Sound […]

airborne noise vs. structure borne noise
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Airborne noise vs. Structure Borne noise

When I lived in an apartment, I experienced all kinds of noises whether it was my upstairs neighbor’s barking dog or the construction of new apartments right outside my window. At the time I didn’t understand which ones were airborne and which ones were structure-borne, but now I do. The Difference Between Air Borne and […]

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Explaining NRC: Noise Reduction Coefficient

What is NRC? NRC stands for noise reduction coefficient and is the standard rating for how well a material absorbs sound. Different materials have different NRC ratings that range from 0.00-1.00. Noise Reduction Coefficient Typically, the NRC rating of a material is viewed as a percentage. For example, an NRC rating of .75 means 75% […]