Green Glue Products

Advanced Acoustics Admin2/ 5/19

Why do I need Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound?

Understanding the benefits of noiseproofing is easy when you exist in a place that has properly sound proofed through damping. Put simply, damping is about reducing or eliminating stored energy created by sound. If you put up a wall between two rooms and the wall has no damping, sound in one room will simply pass through the wall and enter the next room as sound. To achieve isolated sound, apply the best damping on the market.

Damping first works by reducing the vibration caused by sound, known as resonance, and then by dissipating this vibration as it travels through a structures. At most frequencies, a wall’s mass offers resistance to airborne sound, and the heavier the wall the more difficult it is for sound to vibrate the wall’s surface. At some frequencies, however, it is difficult to prevent sound from vibrating surfaces. These frequencies are called resonant points.

If a structure has low damping, sound vibration can travel across it for great distances. In fact, poor damping of common building materials like plasterboard or wood is largely responsible for the noise problems that homeowners experience.

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound dampens a wall structure by reducing the energy transfer of noise between one room and another. The Compound significantly reduces structure-borne sound and also reduces flanking noise.

Where to use Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound

In a world where we are constantly distracted and forced to multi-task, it’s no wonder that most of us treat unwanted noise as a form of pollution. Soundproofing is one of the most rewarding investments you can make to improve interior environment. Unwanted noise is everywhere, from footsteps stomping across the floor above, a television blaring in the next room, or traffic whizzing by your house.

By reducing the noise intruding on your life, soundproofing lets you enjoy the benefits of quieter living and reduced fatigue and stress. It also raises the value of your investment. Best of all, soundproofing can be managed on a budget. Using Green Glue is one of the easiest ways to improve your quality of life, while raising your property values.

Use In Renovation

There is no need to rip out walls or make structural changes to install Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound. The compound can be added on top of existing walls with the addition of a new layer of plasterboard. Apply the Green Glue to this new plasterboard and you have added STC rating with minimal effort and expense.

Use In New Builds

There’s nothing like starting from scratch to design the best soundproofing system for your new home or business. Incorporating a soundproofing strategy at the design stage will maximize effectiveness in your larger plan.

Whether you’re an architect, designer, or a DIY homebuilder planning new construction, you have a number of soundproofing options. When the Green Glue suite of products are incorporated into a new building or home design, noise transmission is reduced.

Use In Apartment Blocks

Many home buyers consider a multi-family home a good investment, particularly if they are buying a home for the first time. Recent reports indicate that multi-family homes are on the rise, especially as metro-area sprawl increases as do commute times.

Living in close proximity to others, of course, exposes you to unwanted noise. If good fences make good neighbours, the same holds true for effective soundproofing: the less you hear your neighbours, the better you’ll get along.

Green Glue products offer simple and economical solutions to keep out unwanted noise and improve your quality of life—or your tenants while keeping your neighbours happy.

Use In Home Cinemas

Ever been to a multiplex theater where you could hear the sounds and booms from the movie playing in the auditorium next to you? That’s a sign of poor soundproofing. The same thing can happen in your home if you don’t use the right materials and designs. Home theater sound systems include powerful subwoofers and high-wattage speakers that create a lot of noise.

Much of this noise occurs at low frequencies, which can be particularly hard to dampen. The Green Glue Company offers soundproofing solutions designed to isolate those low frequencies commonly found with entertainment systems. So, you can turn up the volume on the latest action film without disturbing your family upstairs.

Use In Home Offices

Remote and flexible working is becoming more and more popular for businesses across the UK. Flexi-time has increased by 12.35 per cent from 2012 – 2016 (ONS), and last year, the TUC found that the amount of people remote working has increased by nearly quarter of a million (241,000) over a decade. With this huge rise in people working from home a home office needs to be an oasis of quiet in order to be productive. Loud neighbours, traffic, barking dogs, and even the loud noises from family members in other parts of the house or apartment, can all hamper your creativity. The Green Glue company offers easy-to-use soundproofing solutions that can meet any budget.

Use In Music Studios

Acoustics in a recording studio are critical, but what happens if the space you start with isn’t soundproof? Neighboring and environmental noise showing as shadows or artifacts on a track: mortifying. Specifying Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound and accompanying materials into your studio build will incorporate a solution, before a problem creeps into your work. Creating a soundproofing, blank-slate will give you the best opportunity to create the optimal setting for your to record your best work.

Use In Hospitality

Noise is the number one complaint from hotel guests, whether it comes from fellow guests in an adjacent room, a loud television, or from outside traffic and street noise. Peace and quiet are a requirement in a hotel room.

For architects and designers of new or renovated hospitality projects, the Green Glue Noiseproofing System offers cost-effective and easy-to-install soundproofing solutions. Because our products are quick and easy to use, hotel renovations can take place while guests continue to occupy hotel rooms. They can be seamlessly integrated into any renovation project, without breaking the budget.

Hotel guests will appreciate the peace and tranquility; complaints will take a nosedive. For hotel owners, the Green Glue Noiseproofing System can truly enhance your reputation for quality.

Use In Education

When designing a new school or renovating an existing one, the most important goal is to create a safe environment that’s conducive to learning. Ensuring a classroom is a sanctuary for learning is to make sure it is free from the disruptions of noise.

The Green Glue Noiseproofing System insulates classrooms from unwanted noise, whether it comes from adjacent classrooms, bustling hallways, or from band practice above. It can also prevent noise from the school auditorium and gymnasium from interrupting the critical learning taking place. Installing the Green Noiseproofing System can be managed cost-effectively to any school building or renovation project.

Use In Retail and Commercial Spaces

Soundproofing is an important consideration for any commercial retail and office project. Whether it is a multi-storied office building, a shopping center with individual retail stores, or something in between, the last thing individual businesses want is noisy neighbors.

The Green Glue Noiseproofing System is an easy and cost-effective way to incorporate soundproofing into any commercial project. One layer of Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound between two layers of plasterboard can markedly reduce noise transmission. There’s no need to add notable amounts of mass to walls for effective noise abatement when you use Green Glue technologies. Using fewer building materials reduces costs and increases the square footage you can use for office and retail space.

Use In Industrial Spaces

Numerous machines, large assemblies and conveyors that are humming to the point of a full cacophony of noise creates a detrimental environment for your ability to hear or think. It’s important to create spaces in the workplace that protect workers from these loud noises so that they work more comfortably and productively.

The Green Glue Company offers noise abatement solutions that turn recreation areas, cafeterias, and other work spaces into quiet sanctuaries. Noise from production floors can be kept outside these areas by integrating our technologies in between walls, ceilings and floors.

The Green Glue Noiseproofing System offers an optimal solution for any size operation. It can boost worker satisfaction and productivity while saving on the bottom line.

Use In Entertainment

If you’ve watched a movie recently at your local multiplex and heard noises from the theater next to you, you know all too well that poor soundproofing can ruin a night of entertainment. Modern surround-sound speaker systems are able to blast music and other sounds at high decibels. While this enhances the audience experience, it creates a challenge for designers and architects who need to isolate the noise from an auditorium. Many of these blasting sounds occur at low bass frequencies that are especially hard to contain.

Theater designers often rely on using heavy mass like concrete and thick THX-certified soundproof plasterboard to prevent noise transmitting between auditoriums, but sounds can still seep through portals and air pockets in walls, floors and ceilings. Incorporating the Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound’s viscoelastic properties are designed to dampen even low bass frequencies, preventing them from transmitting noise between walls.

Green Glue technologies can make a big difference. They offer renovators and builders an entertaining soundproofing solution, with no added drama. They can be easily integrated into any project with minimal additional labour, time, and cost.

Use In Government Projects

While budgets are tight, numerous government building projects still require superior soundproofing, from court rooms to libraries. For military and homeland security projects in particular, superior noise abatement is critical depending on the application.

The Green Glue Company can offer a solution. Green Glue is designed to be used with common building materials and seamlessly integrate into any room. The Green Glue Noiseproofing System also help to increase a space’s STC rating. Independent testing data can also be easily furnished to satisfy governmental requirements for audits. Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound has been validated for use in any fire rated assembly according to the International Building Code, and it has been independently tested by Underwriters Laboratories for fire safety and environmental impact.

The Products

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound

Fast, simple, and effect are the best descriptors of Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound.

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound is a unique damping product that is ideal for new construction and renovation projects. As the most cost-effective soundproofing material on the market, the Green Glue’s distinctive properties dissipate the vibrations caused by sound waves as they travel through ceilings, walls and floors.

The compound is a viscoelastic damping compound that converts sound energy into a minute amount of heat. Very simply, when used between two rigid layers of material, typically plasterboard, the compound works to isolate the noise traveling from one room to the other. Unlike other soundproofing products, Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound is ideal for dissipating low frequency noise common with home entertainment and theater systems.

Applied in mere minutes to an average piece of Plasterboard (or other rigid construction material), Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound can be applied to an entire room in one day, or less. Whether you’re an experienced construction professional or a handy DIY kind of person, using Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound is a cinch. All you need is a Jumbo Caulking Gun to apply a layer of compound between two pieces of Plasterboard or other construction material. The Compound reaches its peak performance 30 days after application.

Independent lab tests prove that Green Glue’s is effective in markedly increasing STC ratings in a wide variety of construction configurations. Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound is environmentally responsible and has low odour; it’s a cost-effective solution that allows you to live and work in peace. Add value and comfort to your home or commercial space by decreasing noise in your environments.

Material Considerations

Despite the Green Glue name, Noiseproofing Compound is NOT a permanent adhesive. The Compound is used between two layers of building materials – typically plasterboard, OSB, MDF, cement board, or plywood, each at least 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick. One of the layers of which must allow moisture to pass through. So long as the two sheets layers are flat, rigid the Noiseproofing Compound will perform well.

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound should not be used between one or two soft layers, plastics, glass, or metals – i.e. between a carpet pad and plywood or to fill any cavities, such as inside a wall for insulating purposes.

We do not recommend using the Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound on exterior applications as it is effective only at room temperature range (approximately 65-85°F / 18-29°C). Exteriors are often subject to temperature fluctuations which are below and above this range. Please note: if the Noiseproofing Compound is subjected to temperatures outside of this range, including during transport, it will return to regular performance once it has warmed/cooled to the 65-85°F (18-29°C). range. Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound is freeze and thaw stable.

Green Glue Noiseproofing Joist Tape

One of the biggest noise complaints is the sound of footsteps and squeaky floors. The squeaking occurs naturally when floors settle, and joists rub together with subflooring – but this is avoidable. The solution is Green Glue Noiseproofing Joist Tape. The tape creates a seal that prevents void spaces which occur as joists and subfloors dry and shrink.

Rolling Green Glue Noiseproofing Joist Tape takes practically no time at all and can easily be incorporated into flooring jobs. Simply roll tape onto floor joists, adhesive side down, and install subflooring on top.

Green Glue Noiseproofing Joist Tape comes in one standard size to the most common joist sizes in renovations and new construction projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Area Will Green Glue Noiseproofing Compund Cover?

Each case of Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound contains 12 tubes (boxes of 6 tubes and individual tubes are also available) and covers approximately 192 sq. ft. at the recommended 2 tubes per 4’ x 8’ (3 m²) sheet coverage.

Where Are Green Glue Products Used?

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound is used between two layers of building materials – typically plasterboard, OSB, MDF, cement board, or plywood. So long as two of the layers are flat, rigid and are easy to stick to and at least one allows moisture to pass through then the Noiseproofing Compound will perform well.

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound should not be used between one or two soft layers – i.e. between a carpet pad and plywood or to fill any cavities, such as inside a wall for insulating purposes.

Green Glue Noiseproofing compound is NOT an adhesive. For surfaces, although the compound is not intended to be used as an adhesive it does need to stick to both sides.  If standard latex paint would easily adhere to the surface then the compound should have enough adhesion, if the surface would require a primer or other treatment then it will not function properly.

We do not recommend using the Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound on exterior applications as it is effective only at room temperature range (approximately 65-85°F / 18-29°C). Exteriors are often subject to temperature fluctuations which are below and above this range. Please note: if the Noiseproofing Compound is subjected to temperatures outside of this range, including during transport, it will return to regular performance once it has warmed/cooled to the 65-85°F (18-29°C). range. Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound is freeze and thaw stable.

Green Glue Joist Tape is used on floor joists to eliminate squeaks caused by the friction between the floor joist and subflooring. The joist tape is not effective at reducing impact noise from footfalls or airborne noise.

How much sound reduction benefit will see after using Green Glue Products?

Despite what other firms may tell you, the answer to this question is not cut-and-dry. In order to gauge the benefit you will see from using the Noiseproofing Compound in a project, you first need to get a better understanding of the details of that project. For example, is it a wall or floor/ceiling assembly? What kind of studs (wood vs. steel) will be used? What is the stud spacing (16” oc vs. 24” oc)? Is additional insulation being used? What type and thickness of drywall will be used?

Once you have these details, an estimate of sound reduction can be done by consulting our extensive test database to match many or all of these elements to give you a better sense of the final STC value you can expect. There are numerous test reports and construction details shown at http://www.greengluecompany.com/test-data .  In addition our design guide at http://www.greengluecompany.com/sites/default/files/Green_Glue_Electronic_Design_Guide_0.pdf can be a valuable resource.  Please note: while we have hundreds of tests in our database, we do not necessarily have exactly the same set-up as each and every project. However by matching similar information you are often able to have a close approximation.

For best results, you should consider treating all the surfaces of your room. You may also have to pay attention to other sound paths, such as noise going in and out of doors, and noise making its way through ductwork.

How Do I Use Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound?

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound is used between two layers of building materials – typically plasterboard, OSB, MDF, cement board, or plywood. So long as two of the layers are rigid and one of these layers is porous, the Noiseproofing Compound will perform well.

As mass plays an important role in soundproofing, we recommend using the thickest layer of drywall available, which is typically 15mm. If you want to use a thinner panel, 12.5mm sheet will still perform well, although not to the same standard as a 15mm or 19mm sheet. Anything thinner is not advisable. The same rules apply to other building materials such as plywood and OSB.

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound does not need to be applied in any specific pattern. The general recommendation is to apply the Compound in a random pattern all over the board, leaving a 2”-3” (5-7.5cm) border around the outside of the panel to allow for handling. The recommended amount is to use two tubes per 1.2m by 2.4m sheet.

Despite the Green Glue name, our Noiseproofing Compound is NOT a permanent adhesive and therefore the second layer of drywall still needs to be fastened to the studs per local building codes. We do not want panels falling off walls and ceilings! Please note: We always recommend following local building codes regarding the types of nails or screws to use in securing layers of plasterboard or other building material.

Once applied to a panel, the Noiseproofing Compound begins to cure within 15 minutes, so it is important to hang the panel promptly. Once the panel has been hung and secured in place, the Noiseproofing Compound will begin curing and will reach peak performance within 30 days. This is important: if you have just applied the Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound and plasterboard and are not hearing a perceivable increase in performance, please do allow 30 days and then evaluate the change.

To seal the sound from going around, flanking, your treated wall we recommend using Everbuild AC95 Acoustic Sealant.

What Fire or UL Certifications do Green Glue Products have?

Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound has been fire tested for use in several varying wall assemblies. If you would like information on these assemblies, please see below: Navigate to www.ul.com  Scroll down under "Resources" and click on the "Online Certifications Directory", or as a shortcut go to http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/template/LISEXT/1FRAME/index.html , fill in blank field "UL File Number" with R26312 and click on the search button.  Fire testing for the Noiseproofing Compound and Sealant is provided.  

The sealant is not intended to be used as a fire blocking material.

I am dealing with impact noise from above, will adding another layer of drywall and Noiseproofing Compound fix my problem?

First, please note that we are talking about the issue of impact noise. If the ceiling cavity is insulated and there are resilient channels, ceiling hangers, or sound isolating clips and channels attached to the ceiling joists, then adding another layer of drywall with the Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound will offer a benefit in terms of both impact and airborne noise. However, if there isn’t any decoupling mechanism between the joists and the first layer of drywall, simply adding Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound and another layer of plasterboard may not effectively treat the impact noise. Assuming there is insulation in the cavity, our first suggestion would be to treat the floor above and, if that is not possible, treat the ceiling below by removing the existing plasterboard and installing the SoundSense Isolation System along with plasterboard. For best performance, use the SoundSense Isolation System with the Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound and another layer of plasterboard.

Can I Use Green Glue On Textured Walls?

Most textured walls will need to be flattened as the texture should not allow wall to wall contact.

Can I Use Green Glue On Studs or Joists?

We do not recommend using the Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound on the studs or joists. Green Glue must be used between two rigid layers to be effective and, as such, you will not achieve any measurable benefits by using the compound in this manner.

How Can I Remove Green Glue From Clothes Or Other Surfaces?

Proper measures always should be taken to ensure that the Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound does not get onto your clothing, floors, outer layers of drywall, etc., but sometimes it does happen. To remove compound from hands or tools: use soap & water or isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). To remove compound from drywall: if it is still “wet” use a wet, damp cloth to wipe off. If dry, roll off with finger. To remove from carpet: use soap & water or isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). 

Does The Cavity Need To Be Insulated?

In order for the Green Glue compound to work to its maximum potential we recommend that all cavities be filled with flexible insulation such as fiberglass insulation, mineral wool or cellulose materials. This recommendation is also for interior walls.

Can I Use Green Glue on Mass Loaded Vinyl?

We do not recommend Green Glue be used in direct contact with these materials but the compound can be used in addition to them by using them on either side ( outside ) of the two pieces of plasterboard that the compound is between.

How do I finish off the wall seams?

Typically, after the sealant is applied, you will dryline the final joints as normal or plaster the walls and ceiling. For decoupled walls choose constructions materials designed to finish with slight movement.

Are there materials where the compound should not be used?

The compound will not work in contact with flexible, low surface energy, or non-stick materials. The compound will not work in direct contact with:  Cork, plastics, copper, bronze, zinc, MLV (Mass Loaded Vinyl), and Plasticized materials among others. It will not work in contact with flexible materials.