Metal buildings are durable, cost-effective structures for commercial or residential workshops. However, many metal buildings feature thin, hard surfaces that allow sound to pass through and reflect. If you operate loud machinery inside your metal building, you likely deal with a lot of reverberating noise, and you may receive some noise complaints from folks outside.
Fortunately, a few metal building soundproofing tactics can mitigate noise reflections and prevent sound from transferring through the walls.
Must-Know Metal Building Soundproofing Tactics
To soundproof a metal building, you’ll want to prevent the noise created inside from reflecting off of the hard surfaces. Implement the following solutions to prevent noise from getting in or out.
Insulate the Walls
Insulation can keep heat in or out of a building and control sound energy. Products like Quiet Batt™ Soundproofing Insulation feature dense cotton fibers that soak up sound as it attempts to pass through. Installing insulation between a metal building’s walls will contain the noise your machinery creates.
Pad the Walls
Sound reflects off of your metal building’s walls because its surfaces are hard, smooth and flat. You can prevent echoes and reverberations by determining which parts of the walls receive direct sound impact and then padding those parts with acoustic foam panels. The foam panels will absorb the sound energy before it can reflect, ensuring a quieter indoor environment.
Hang Acoustic Quilts
Acoustic quilts are heavy fabric sheets with metal rivets along the edges, which you can hang anywhere in your building. Acoustic quilts add mass, which prevents sound transmission by making it more difficult for sound energy to pass through. Their soft fibers absorb noise to prevent reflections.
Acoustic quilts work well on hard walls, but you can also use them to block open entryways that you don’t want the noise to move through.
Seal Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are common culprits for sound transmission — they leave gaps above, below or around them. You can stop noise from escaping through a metal building’s doors by installing door seals and sweeps that plug gaps. For windows, try filling cracks in the frame with acoustical sound sealant. Acoustic quilts also work well as temporary sound-blocking curtains.
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