Mass Loaded Vinyl Barriers - Vinyl Soundproofing Material

Mass Loaded Vinyl Barriers (MLV)

MLV Soundproofing: The Ultimate Sound Reduction Product for Residential and Commercial Buildings

Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) sounds like something tough and effective at noise reduction, because it is tough and effective. A greener, more viable alternative to lead soundproofing, MLV barriers are composed of salts, sands and tiny metal particles that give it sound reducing properties similar to old lead sheeting, but without the stigma associated with Lead based materials.

The goal of MLV soundproofing is to add dense mass to an enclosed area so that sound waves are blocked from passing through ceilings and walls. In fact, you’ll find MLV soundproofing material in music studios serious about quality sound control.


The Introduction of mass loaded vinyl as an effective sound control option was a blessing for architects and engineers.  Mass Loaded Vinyl not only offers astounding sound reducing abilities, but is also safe to use and easy to apply. MLV is typically attached to joists or studs, followed by covering seams and joints with acoustic caulking or barrier tape. Once sound caulking is applied, seams are sealed with tape to ensure optimal soundproofing performance.

Vinyl MLV barriers block out every day noises, from traffic and street construction sounds to noises emitted by trains, buses and even aircraft. It’s a cost effective solution to a wide variety of sound issues.  As a DIY soundproofing material, MLV is one of the best you’ll find at Soundproof Cow.

How Is Vinyl Soundproofing Material Used?

You can sandwich Mass Loaded Vinyl soundproofing between drywall layers or other building materials to create noise reducing ceilings, floors and wall soundproofing for homes, commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Premier soundproofing systems combine absorption, damping, isolation and mass to achieve the best sound proofing results.

MLV sound barriers offer exceptional noise reduction by adding mass with minimal thickness. For example, Mass Loaded Vinyl #2 is only ¼ inch thick. MLV #1 is even thinner, at 1/8 inch thick. MLV #1 has a standalone sound transmission class (STC) rating of 26, and MLV#2 has a standalone STC rating of 32. Noises don’t stand a chance with that kind of density stopping unwanted sound waves from entering a room, music studio or office.

You can also wrap plastic plumbing pipes, steel columns, metal ducts and just about anything else with MLV to minimize noise transmission.

Compared to drywall, MLV is thinner, softer and remains flexible after installation. Soundproof vinyl barriers are an effective addition to drywall and plywood building assemblies.  The flexibility of the MLV product increases vibration control and dissipates more sound energy than traditional building materials.  The Increased density provided by MLV also increases middle and high frequency sound control.

MLV Sound Barriers Are Reflective Barriers

As a “reflective barrier,” Mass Loaded Vinyl soundproofing does not have absorptive qualities. Instead, it contains or blocks sound waves.  This keeps noise outside or inside a space. MLV acts as an effective sound barrier, regardless of which side of a wall you install it on. Mass Loaded Vinyl provides even greater soundproofing power when you combine it with other noise reduction components, such as furring channels, vibration isolation mounts and sound clips. In addition to soundproofing buildings, this multipurpose soundproof vinyl barrier can be used on AC compressor enclosures, numerous industrial applications, high-end home entertainment systems and even in radio stations.

How to Choose the Right MLV Quiet Barrier Soundproofing Item

If you’re new to the idea of installing soundproofing materials like MLV sheeting to reduce noisiness, you may wonder which type of sound barrier to choose. Consider these factors to determine which product makes sense for your upcoming commercial or residential sound reduction application project.

Thickness

Our MLV Quiet Barriers come 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch thicknesses. While it may not seem like a lot, an 1/8 inch can be meaningful if you’re sandwiching your MLV sheet between floorboards or ceiling materials. The same holds true if you’re planning to wrap the barrier around an object.

Noise Level

Is your noise level subtle or substantial? If you’re trying to dampen ambient sounds like occasional echoes, you may find that a thinner MLV sheet makes sense. If you’re attempting to reduce sound in a naturally noisy place, like a highly active call center room or recording studio, you may need a thicker grade of MLV soundproofing. Contact us for a complimentary acoustic analysis.

Amount of Materials

Both Quiet Barrier HD and Quiet Barrier MD come in sheet and roll forms. This variety allows you to shop for the perfect fit for your needs. As the old saying goes, measure twice and cut once! Measure your space to help determine which MLV sound barrier Quiet Barrier product to buy.

Easy Installation With Quiet Barrier MLV Sound Deadening Solutions

Our MLV soundproofing product is easy to install. Whether you’re a seasoned contractor, a sound engineer or a DIYer, you can block sound waves with ease.

In most applications and installations, you’ll need basic toolbox items such as a cutting instrument, measure tools, hammer, roofing nails and caulk or another adhesive. When applying MLV sound barrier to walls and ceilings, simply measure, cut and nail in place. For floor applications, our team recommends cutting and laying the MLV sheeting in a brickwork pattern. You can then glue individual MLV sheets in place using high-performance PL Polyurethane Construction Adhesive.

Purchase MLV Soundproofing Solutions Online Today

When you buy MLV sound barriers from Soundproof Cow, you’re guaranteed to receive one of the best, most effective noise reduction products available. You’ll also find comprehensive information about MLV constituents on our website, as well as easy-to-follow installation instructions if you’re an industrious DIY-er.

If you’re considering vinyl Mass Loaded Vinyl barriers but still don’t know if it’s the right product for your situation, give us a call at 1-866-949-9269 and we’ll be more than happy to answer your questions about this versatile and effective soundproofing product. Now is a better time than ever to start making the world a quieter, happier place — don’t you think?

I just wanted to let you know that in the end, sealing the air spaces on this door worked just fine and took care of the problem.

I really appreciate you taking so much time to share your expertise with me, and in particular recommending I try the simpler solution before investing in more expensive noise barriers. That is a big credit to you and your business.

- Mike

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