Home Theater, Room Acoustics, Natural Cork Soundproofing
Home Theater, Cork Acoustics
Got a Home Theatre dreams? You know, the one with a huge screen and awesome surround sound. So good it’s like you’re actually in a theater. Still, you don’t really want your neighbors to complain, not even family members who are trying to sleep. It’s just most homes don’t come with a pre-installed soundproofing or even sound reduction system. In fact noise from outside tends to join you inside all the time. And of course, the walls inside are notorious for being of little use when muting noise from room to room. Everyone is familiar with the din of a toilet flushing when you were not the one to use it.
The bad thing is that soundproofing can be quite expensive, and some of the material used is not the safest or even earth conscious. It may work well now, but really do you want it in landfills fifty to one hundred years from now, poisoning your great-grandchildren and their kids.
There is hope. There is an excellent material that is natural made and natural to dispose of that will not only work effectively as soundproofing for your Home Theatre, but also brings a host of other great qualities to benefit you and your home.
Cork. Nature’s best when it comes to a 100% sustainable and recyclable product. Cork flooring and walling goes into your home with a smaller carbon footprint than most of its competition. And after you have finished with cork, it returns to the earth, a naturally biodegradable material that causes not harm to the environment.
Cork is derived from the outer bark of the cork oak tree. The tree itself is not harmed or cut down. It continues to live its full lifespan. The cellular structure of cork is what provides cork with the ability to block or absorb sound. Set up similar to a honeycomb, cork’s very cells are sealed air-tight with a gases substance much like air. This then is the barrier that not only keeps sound from easily passing through, but also breaks it down. Just think, a 6mm thickness of cork can reduce sound transfer by 10 decibels. Silence, sweet silence.
Cork can even go toe to toe with carpeting when it comes to a warm floor. Yeah, seriously. That same cell structure gives cork the ability to provide thermal insulation. Meaning the ambient temperature you seek will be retained for longer periods when protected by cork. And as a bonus, cork is naturally warm to the touch and a softer, more comfortable and supportive surface to stand on. Like carpet, cork brings relief to your feet and joints, minus the collective debris.
Spill liquids on cork; wipe it up and go. Cork is water and stain resistant, so a quick clean is the thing. Worried about mold and mildew? Don’t. Cork repels the growth of both. It’s antistatic too so put to rest any concerns of static electricity build up.
Cork comes in underlayment sheets, wall panels and flooring tiles or planks, so yeah it can go anywhere in your Home Theatre. Engineered to a variety of colors, appearances, designs and styles, you can match cork to an existing décor or create your dream Home Theatre from scratch. Go with cork and create a soundproof room that keeps your surround sound crisp and clear only to you.