Drywall Partitioning has been predominantly installed in office blocks and shopping malls. However, of late, many homeowners have realized the benefits of Drywall partitioning in their homes.
Making alterations to a room or adding room in the house can be done in most cases in a day or two. Most importantly, the application is cleaner, and the result is a wall that looks identical to brick and mortar without the mess and fuss.
What Is Drywall Partitioning?
Drywalling is a means of fitting high quality 12.5mm Gyproc Rhino Boards between rooms. These boards are sandwiched between studs to create a wall that looks identical to standard brick and mortar.
As a result, the cavity space between the walls can vary depending on the client requirements. Standard wall widths are 76mm with the most popular wall width at 76mm. However, in some cases, a 127mm Drywalling can be installed.
Soundproofing Between Drywalling
In office areas such as the board room or doctors rooms where conversations may be confidential, or one needs to remove noise pollution in the home. We install soundproofing insulation fitted correctly between the panels.
As a result, these rooms can be even more effective than standard brick and mortar with regards to noise pollution. We install a Drywall between apartments with noisy neighbors to reduce the impact of noise pollution between the two adjoining units.
Fitting insulation products with high noise reduction Coefficient (NRC) makes Drywalling one of the best options for homes, offices, and schools.
Benefits Of Drywall Partitioning In The Home
First of all, Drywall partitioning in the home is far more cost-effective. Secondly, should you decide to remodel or change room size for whatever reason the application is quick and cost-effective? Furthermore, Drywall partitioning is more energy efficient and when insulated correctly has better sound reduction properties than traditional brick walls. An average wall can be fitted in a day with minimal disruption in the home.
For the most part, adding walls or changing the design in the home is expensive and messy. On the other hand, should you decide to add a diver between two rooms with Drywall Partitioning this can be achieved in a day or two? In fact, the benefits are not only the cost or the time taken to do the work. For example, you would like to convert your garage space into an office. With brick and mortar plans must be passed and approved.
By the same token with Drywall Partitioning, the process is simple in most cases, and plans are not required.
Cost Of Drywall Partitioning
In this case, the cost of Drywall Partitioning is a fraction of brickwork when it comes to internal home or office alterations. Furthermore, the cost of Drywall is reduced substantially as a result of the time taken to complete the installation. Also, there is no need to submit plans or have workers in the home for days or even weeks. Give us a call for the best Drywalling Price.
As a rule, adding a quick wall in the home with brick and mortar is a messy, dirty business. A simple wall will take a few days to construct. Added to this is the plastering of the wall and in most cases weeks of mess in the home.
Is Drywall Partitioning Safe In The Home
Drywalling is safe in all homes. In fact, most American households are constructed with timber and Drywall Partitioning. These home are also more energy efficient and noise between rooms is as good as a brick if not better when insulated correctly with the right insulation.
Best Insulation Products For Drywalling
As a rule, we stock a wide range of soundproofing and acoustic insulation products. Cavitybatt has been designed explicitly for Drywalling. As a result, Cavitybatt has a higher density than traditional Roof Insulation products. A a rule Cavitybatt is the best insulation to fit between the Drywalling to reduce sound and heat gain or loss.
However, products like the Aerolite Insulation are also suitable for these applications as the Aerolite has a good NRC.
Can Drywalling Be SoundProofed
Absolutely drywalling can be soundproofed. There are a number of ways to soundproof Draywall Partioning. The most effective is have the first wall errected and fitted with sound insulation. Therafter a third wall will be fitted without insulation. Fitting sound stop to the tracks is important.
Materials for Soundproof Drywalling
Traditional drywall panels are typically made of rigid mineral gypsum. That is Sandwiched between layers of paper; the tight layer acts as a soundproofing material. What you ought to know is that this material acts as a good conductor of sound. As a result, it will block noise and enhance privacy in your home, the standard drywall panels require other framing options.
They include building extra-thick walls or filling the cavities with insulation. When it comes to soundproof drywall, the layers include thick paper, special mass loaded polymers, gypsum, and steel sheet metal.
The individual mass loaded polymers and steel sheet metal layers are typically sandwiched between the gypsum layers. As such, the layers form a rigid drywall panel which is perfect for soundproofing walls in a room.
Gypsum is a composition of calcium sulfate dihydrate. As a soft mineral, it’s not suitable as a soundproofing material. Ideally, one will fill the cavity space with a layer of higher density Acoustic and soundproofing insulation. Additionally, the ideal solution would be to add another panel of Drywalling to create an air gap.
Combine the sheetrock panel, the special mass loaded polymers and steel sheet metal, and you have the soundproof drywall.
How Soundproofing Drywalling Works
Sound travels in waves, and the theory behind soundproofing is that the combination of certain materials can help to dampen sound. As such, the contents can block noise and enhance the privacy of your home.
There are four principles of soundproofing:
- Absorption – achieved with soft and dense materials
- Mass – helps to lower sound
- Damping – helps to reduce vibrations
- Decoupling – enables you to make gaps in the path that sound waves take
Unlike standard drywall, soundproof drywall relies on a technique called constrained layer damping. This is a mechanical engineering technology that helps with vibration suppression. In this technique, several layers of different materials are typically sandwiched. These materials lack sufficient damping on their own.
Previous applications of constrained layer damping were popularly used in reducing the noise of bridges. This technique was also used in reducing the sound of aeroplane engines. Thanks to its effectiveness and efficiency, it’s now applied in soundproof drywall.
How to Soundproof a Wall with Drywall
To build a soundproof room, you must first understand the necessary steps of soundproofing drywall construction.
1. Have the Wall Inspected
Before installing soundproof drywall, we recommend that you inspect the wall. The reason for the inspection is to find out what you are dealing with. If you are renovating your walls with existing insulation, there are several steps involved before installation of the soundproof drywall.
Here is what you ought to do. Start by removing the old drywall. Afterwards, inspect the existing insulation. If the insulation is intact, you can proceed with the installation. If not, insulate with new materials.
When inspecting your wall, check for obstructions. That means checking the locations of the doors, windows, wires, electrical boxes, gas, and plumbing pipes. Take the exact measurements of the surfaces that you will cover with soundproof drywall.
Record the measurements. This will allow you to shop for the proper amount of the materials.
2. Shop for Soundproofing Materials
Before getting started, it is important to have soundproofing materials. That also includes the right tools. Here is what you ought to get. You need wall insulation, resilient channels, mass loaded vinyl and of course, soundproof drywall.
Other materials include acoustic caulk and green glue compound. After buying the right materials, the next step is to buy tools. The first tool to buy is the caulking gun. This tool helps you to apply the acoustic sealant. After the caulking gun, you have the cutting tools.
These tools – knife or scissors – will help you cut the soundproof drywall into the right sizes. After the cutting tools, you have the screw gun to use on the drywall and resilient channels. Last, you have the pneumatic stapler and hammer for the MLV.
Once you acquire the tools, it’s time to soundproof your home.
3. Start by Filling Empty Stud Cavities
If you are soundproofing an existing wall, have it stripped to the wooden frames of the wall or studs. The next step is to fill empty stud cavities. By now, the insulation material is already cut to fit into the rectangular frames of the walls. This will help to eliminate air gaps between the frames. In fact, this is the reason that sound travels through walls.
Using a serrated knife, cut into the isolation. Remember, you can fix the remaining air gaps later. For this step, use the regular insulation as it’s cheaper and the same thickness as the insulation.
A few homeowners may opt not to use soundproof insulation. Instead of insulation, homeowners can opt for MLV or mass loaded vinyl. MLV is a soundproofing material that is thin and flexible. It is long-lasting and its heightened mass blocks sound completely.
To add MLV into your soundproofing, place the material on the floor, measure and cut to the desired length. Use a pair of scissors or knife to do so. It is important to ensure that the pieces are thicker than the gaps between the wooden frames. This will enable you to nail the pieces well.
We recommend having an extra pair of hands to hold the material over the insulation. Together, position the material on the wall frames and attach with the pneumatic stapler or nails. Start from the top working downwards. Remember, when attaching the material, make sure the pieces are close together.
This eliminates any peeling. If gaps exist, seal using PVC tape.
4. Attaching the Resilient Channels
Resilient channels are typically sheet metal rails that support the drywall and lay over the insulation. During installation, attach the resilient channels at a 90-degree angle to the ceiling joist. Or, screw them horizontally on the wall studs.
The purpose of resilient channels is that they improve the sound experience by 5 Sound Transmission Classes levels. If properly installed, resilient channels are shock absorbent. As such, they have the capability of redistributing noise until it dissipates. This makes a difference between external noise levels from the street and quiet in your home.
As said earlier, soundproof drywall is a combination of thick paper, special mass loaded polymers, gypsum, and steel sheet metal. As good soundproofing materials, you need to cut it with the tip of a utility knife. Apply pressure on the first layer of the material but do not sever it completely.
After the first cut, snap off the material. Now, cut through the paper at the back. Make sure to smooth all rough edges. Before installation, cut out the door and window notches. Use drywall saw for this task. Don’t forget to mark the spots before installation. For cutting around smaller obstructions, use a spiral saw.
Now that you have all the necessary cuts attach the drywall onto the resilient channels. Make sure they are not in contact with the joists or studs. When installing the resilient channels, aim between the studs.
Before you add another layer of drywall, have an acoustic compound between layers. This will reduce the sound even more. One of the best compounds that will get the job done is the green glue compound. As a soundproofing material, it decouples surfaces which transmit sound.
Apply the green glue compound at a thickness of at least 0.5 mm before adding a layer of soundproofing drywall.
5. Sealing the Gaps
Leaving gaps between the soundproofing drywall will undo all the hard work. To avoid this, we recommend sealing the gaps. Want to know how? To seal the holes, use acoustic caulk. This is a rubber-like material that helps to plug any gaps that would allow air to pass. Thanks to the sealant’s durability and consistency, it’ll remain flexible. Also, it will not crack.
To apply the sealant, use a caulking gun. Note, every gap left and apply the sealant to prevent air from passing through. The sealant will adapt to the properties of the building material thanks to its flexibility.
Remember, inspect the seams between drywall sheets, the windows, and doors to ensure no space is available.
Hiring a Soundproofing Drywall Expert
Having followed the steps above, you should have a different experience than before. That is, no noise from your neighbour or the buy street outside your window. What you ought to know is that choosing the right brand of drywall will deliver an STC rating of 52 to 53. To achieve an STC of 66, your wall should have double 50x100mm wood with 100 inch Acoustic or soundproofing material based on the application or noise type.
Also, soundproof drywall on both sides. While the steps above will allow you to install soundproof drywall in your home, a professional touch is also important. To hire the right contractor, check for positive reputation, fast turnaround time, licensed and experienced.
To find the best contractor near you, start by asking relatives, friends, and co-workers. Don’t forget to check online reviews and testimonials on the contractor’s website. You can get peace of mind and protect your liability by making sure the contractor has an insurance certificate.
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