It seems as time goes by, the world gets noisier. Everyone is continually subjected to both low and high frequency noises. These noises not only affect our well-being but they can also have an impact on our health.
When commuting to work or running errands, we are exposed to many noises such as aircraft, traffic, trains and machinery. Even at work there is a vast exposure to noise pollution like heating and cooling systems, fans, printers, vibrating computers and telephones. And when we finally get home, there is outdoor noise pollution such as lawnmowers, weed eaters, chainsaws, electrical toys, barking dogs and neighborhood clamor. In truth, the noise pollution list seems endless and plays a big factor on your physiological and emotional well-being.
The technical definition of noise is unwanted sound. But since there are current studies on its health effects, the definition has changed. Noise is no longer just a nuisance but it is a big health concern, thus the term noise pollution. In reality, millions of people are adversely affected by noise pollution on a daily basis. Some of these concerns include many stress related issues like high blood pressure, sleep disturbance, lowered productivity, psychophysiological problems, speech interference and hearing loss.
There are many steps you can take to protect your home from the damaging effects of noise pollution. One solution is to wear ear plugs or ear muffs. But in reality, ear plugs are really not the best answer. The one and only way to sound proof your home is by using Green Glue.
What is Green Glue?
Green Glue is not just a sealant. It is specifically designed to sound proof a room and is far more effective than insulation. It is a liquid damping compound that has viscous as well as elastic properties. It is a non-toxic compound that requires no mixing. Green Glue is utilized in many construction applications for home and office use.
How it Works
When sound penetrates the layer of Green Glue, some sounds will bounce off while other sounds will pass through. The sound that passes through Green Glue is literally changed to heat energy. So instead of noise pervading the room, a small portion of heat is passed through or it is completely obliterated.
For sound proofing, Green Glue is applied to a wide variety of materials such as drywall, subflooring and around windows. It can also be applied to new or existing walls to prevent unwanted noise from entering or leaving your home. Unlike most damping systems, marginal precision is required. In fact, application is really quite simple; just apply it between two sheets of drywall or plywood, screw into place and then allow it to dry. So you know, just one layer between two sheets of drywall can reduce noise up to 90 percent, even low frequencies.
Green glue can also be utilized in the cracks and crevices of your home. For instance, it can be applied to perimeter gaps; door jambs and in corners for added protection against noise.
Appling Green Glue is so easy that you can do it yourself. As a matter of fact, building contractors use it frequently in new building construction. This is because it is very effective for sound proofing; it is easy to apply and is inexpensive.