Do you work in commercial or industrial construction? We know machinery in a warehouse or in the field can be a source of extreme noise. Sometimes you have noise limitations on a construction site that can make it hard to work quickly to complete a project. Depending on local rules, it’s easy to run into trouble by causing too much noise for the surrounding neighborhood. The OSHA limit for noise in the workplace is a time weighted average of 85 decibels over an 8-hour shift. Besides for legal reasons, protecting employees from sustained exposure to loud noise is key to retaining them.
Whether the project is indoors or outside, our Quiet Quilt sound barriers will section off loud noise to create a wall between the noise source and where you need to block the noise from.
What is a temporary construction sound barrier?
Temporary construction sound barriers are used to isolate the loud noises of a job site. The two most common places to use a temporary construction noise barrier are at construction sites and around loud machinery in a warehouse or production environment. But we’ve seen it all, including use around entertainment venues or even wedding tents! The durability and customizations available make the Quiet Quilt blanket line a good choice for a variety of soundproofing projects, indoor or outdoor.
Soundproofing a construction site is required by some local jurisdictions. Any large project is juggling a ton of different mini-projects at the same. By choosing Quiet Quilt sound blankets, we can help you remove any soundproofing concerns from your list! Our soundproof blankets are versatile and extremely easy to install. They work great as temporary sound barriers for construction, as they are easily installed by 2 workers with no training, will last the full length of the project, and can be moved if needed. Some people when first researching want to use moving blankets, but we do not recommend this. Read our article on moving blankets vs soundproof blanekts to understand why.
USe Soundproof Blankets as a Temporary Construction Barrier
We have a few types of sound blankets to consider. We have acoustic blankets and soundproof blankets. The right one for you will depend on the noise, the location, and your goals. Let’s take a quick detour to cover the difference between acoustics and soundproofing. Soundproofing materials are used when you need to block sound from entering or exiting a space. This is when you need to prevent the sound from traveling between two locations and reduce the overall noise level. Acoustics improve the overall quality of the sound, or speech intelligibility, inside a space. Acoustic materials absorb reflected sound to reduce echoes and reverberations.
Acoustic blankets generally should be used along with a barrier because they will not block sound on their own. The Quiet Quilt Outdoor Acoustic Blanket is perfect for large industrial spaces with a lot of metal or concrete, for example a warehouse or shop, to reduce the number of reflective surfaces. The Quiet Quilt Outdoor Soundproof Blankets should be used as a standalone barrier around a piece of machinery or soundproof room dividers to block sound. These blankets should be installed without gaps to create a wall or enclosure. The dense barrier backing made of mass loaded vinyl combines with a sewn-on vinyl face for added sound absorption.
We also have our Quiet Quilt 2-Sided Barrier Blanket, which is an excellent indoor option for soundproof enclosures and room partitions.. The Quiet Quilt 2-Sided Blanket is reinforced 1lb MLV sewn inside a vinyl coated polyester absorber for maximum noise protection (blocking and absorbing).
Quiet Quilt can be customized to meet just about any specification for a wide variety of soundproofing projects. We offer 4 different colors, indoor/outdoor, grommets, Vecro, multiple MLV densities, multiple thicknesses (up to 4”), and a variety of cutouts for windows, vents, and baffles. Just reach out to learn more about what we can tailor to fit your space!
Can temporary sound barriers be built inside a plant?
For in-plant soundproofing, we have indoor rated Quiet Quilt blankets that are durable enough to last well over a decade, but also moveable to allow floor reconfigurations or access for machine maintenance. We can provide just the blankets while you provide the scaffolding, or we can engineer a system to hang the blankets. They are great for soundproofing a warehouse, just reach out to us to discuss your project to learn more!
For Custom projects, give us a call!
Let us help you take the stress out of temporary construction noise. Call us or request a quote for custom widths, lengths, thicknesses, and 2lb MLV. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. We can also make custom notches, cutouts, vent baffles, and windows. Whatever your project is, we have you covered.