Sound Proof Drywall: a high performance, low cost soundproofing alternative

Have a home theatre room that needs soundproofing? Want more privacy for (or from) mancave powertool experiments? Have kids with rock’n'roll dreams you can’t wait for them to outgrow? You can have it all and your peace and quiet too. The answer lies in using soundproof drywall where needed in your home.

Traditional soundproofing methods have been labor-intensive, lengthy processes requiring specialized knowledge. Soundproof drywall, such as QuietSolution’s QR-525 product is a significant leap forward in ease of use both for DIYers and home improvement / construction professionals. The benefits …

Ease of Use with Low Cost

QuietSolution soundproof drywall is “score, snap and hang” – no special training, tools or equipment required to install. Accessible for DIYers, an efficiency gain for professionals.

High Performance

A single layer of QuietRock QR-525 offers the same sound protection as 8 layers of standard drywall with a Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating of up to 72. QuietRock’s patented technology uses 3 layers of viscoelastic, ceramic and gypsum material but still manages to be “eco friendly” and fire-rated.

An Award Winner …

I’m thinking along the lines of QuietRock QR-525 soundproof drywall – a Hanley Wood Most Valuable Product award winner.

“Each of these products will make a strong impact on the way builders and remodelers do their job,” says Jean Dimeo, Editorial Director, ebuild and BUILDING PRODUCTS. “From improving efficiency to cost-savings, the winning products represent the best new products to enter the housing industry over the previous year.”

With High Profile Press

QuietSolution soundproof drywall has been featured on Holmes on Homes (video snip from QuietSolution website), the CBS Early Show, and HGTV’s I Want That.

Check it out. See complete QuietRock drywall product specs & information on the QR website.

The Metal Roof – an energy efficient alternative to traditional asphalt roofing

Metal roofs absorb 34% less heat than traditional asphalt shingles, according to a 1985 Florida Solar Energy Center study. This can translate into significant energy savings.

Most metal roofs reflect away more of the sun’s heat than do asphalt shingle roofs. This keeps the roofing materials cooler so less heat is radiated down through the ceilings to the living area. Also, the underside of the metal surface has lower emissivity than shingles, so even less heat radiates down to the ceiling below.

The final energy advantage is the metal is relatively thin and has a contour stamped into it to simulate other styles of shingles. This contour creates an air gap between most of the roofing and the roof sheathing below it. With a sloped roof, outdoor air naturally circulates up under the metal roof to keep it cooler.
- kansas.com

A metal roof may cost more initially but pays back in the long run even without the tax credit ( Metal roofs qualify for a $500 energy tax credit – use IRS form 5695).

Other benefits of a metal roof:

  • long life / durability
  • low maintenance
  • fire retardant
  • green benefit: can contain recycled material
  • green benefit: can be installed over existing an existing roof, eliminating the need for your existing roof to go to a landfill

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The latest remodeling trends

Found an interesting report on Remodeling Trends from the recent National Association of Real Estate Editors Conference

Spending on Remodeling

The experts are predicting a slight and short-lived decline in renovation spending, in line with other national reports and studies.

Tips for working with renovators

  • don’t be afraid to vet your contractor – go ahead and ask the tough questions,
  • specify everything in your contract, and
  • check your contractor has the proper insurance — including workers’ compensation – else you could get saddled with the liability.

Remodeling Trends & Homeowner Demand

“Nearly every panelist mentioned the pervasive influence of TV design shows”. In other words, the media is heavily shaping and influencing consumer demand. Popular trends include:

  • the rise of the outdoor living space
  • home kitchen and bathroom remodels are taking longer because of the selection process – more choices = more time
  • radiant heat floors
  • green flooring (cork or bamboo)
  • more cultural diversity in color schemes
  • pot-filler faucets, and
  • energy-saving appliances or accessories

But the single most striking trend?

“the urbanization of cities”: in essence, more and more people are moving out of the suburbs and into cities … [and] the new urbanites, apparently, are renovators.

… city dwellers are willing to spend freely on their smaller spaces. “A survey we did a couple years ago,” Wilkinson said, “noted that people who live in condominiums spend the same amount of money renovating their homes as people who have driveways and backyards.”

Source: Remodeling the American Dream, Inman News.

DIY vs DFY (Done For You) – the DIY backlash has arrived

DIY Disasters have become on cottage industry for both home improvement television and contracting consultants. The DIY backlash has arrived on these shores and – surprise! – it has a Scottish accent.

The charge of the alternate “DFY” (Done For You) brigade is being led by two Scottish interior designers who have recently made Toronto home.

Their advice to do-it-yourselfers? ” … get out the Yellow Pages and get out of the way.”

McAllister and Ryan worry the renovating public has become overconfident. They wonder if certain Martha Stewart-style television shows, home decor magazines and even the ads for hardware stores are complicit in making the rather complicated task of installing kitchen cabinets, for example, seem like a no-brainer.

“Do not inflict yourself on your home. It’s most people’s biggest investment, yet they too often treat it badly,” says McAllister.

I smell a PR grab. They are saying what some have been thinking. It’s just a shame they have to be so arrogant about it. But hey that’s what gets the press.

Read the source article Don’t try this at home on TheStar.com

Backyard Survivor – open flames and tiki torches lend atmosphere

The trend towards extending the living space to the great outdoors continues. Themes for your backyard decor are increasingly popular – for everyday, not just parties or special occasions. One couple has gone as far as turning their back yard into a tropical paradise, complete with tiki huts, waterfalls, and fake volcanoes. But what really makes or breaks the effect? Open flame.

“You’ve got to have open flames,” Brady says. “It adds to the whole tropical feel of the place. It just wouldn’t be the same without some open flames, and the tiki torches provide that.”

Read Fanning the fire of backyard decor for the latest on torch and lantern decor, complete with safety and maintenance tips. Just don’t get voted off the porch ;) .

How to have a green bathroom

Did you know

… going green in the bathroom might be easier than you think. You already may be doing things that you didn’t realize were considered green. To help you along your way, here are some things you might do or products you might use if you’re planning to be more eco-friendly when you renovate your bathroom.

Great tips to be found in the following article – covers cabinets, flooring, paint, fixtures, accessories, cleaners, lighting, tiles, toilets and more.

Read How green is your bathroom?

Got questions about compact flourescent bulbs?

Or second thoughts? Or reservations? Then check out this Consumer Reports blog entry Q&A: Are there any drawbacks to compact fluorescent bulbs?. It offers a concise review of the pros and cons of the compact fluorescent (CFL) including mercury content, energy savings, and practical limitations.

Diagnose your roof repair

Roof Repair isn’t recommended for anyone but the most experienced do-it-yourselfer. Still, it’s good to know how to troubleshoot your roof for potential leaks.

… knowing how to do small maintenance jobs and what to look for to detect potential problems can prove to be priceless. The sooner problems are detected on your roof, the sooner a roofer can fix them and potentially save you from also having to fix interior damage.

Read DIY Roofing Repairs by Rosie Romero on ArizonaRepublic.com.

Open concept more cost effective than a home addition

Homeowners wanting to add living space to their homes are turning to ‘open concept’ style renovations over home additions to achieve this goal. Read the full article Walls tumble in home remodeling.

Too much of a good thing: the 5 dumbest renovation fads

Playing catch up on the news … came across this timely slideshow on CNNMoney about the 5 dumbest renovation fads.

They are:

Good pictorial that demonstrates how overkill killed some great renovation ideas, and how to do them the right way.

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