Life is Loud: Catch a Break by Creating a Quieter Home

Easy-to-install ROXUL SAFE'n'SOUND soundproofing insulation effectively minimizes noise transfer between rooms

Sep 13, 2013, 11:13 ET from ROXUL Inc.

ATLANTA, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- All around us, life is getting louder. As most homeowners know, the sounds of portable electronics, blaring music and snoring spouses can quickly invade peaceful rooms, making them less than relaxing. Without the ability to find quiet refuge at home, exposure to unwanted or intrusive noise can cause irritability, concentration loss and restless sleep. In a 2012 National Sleep Foundation study,* 74 percent of respondents noted that a quiet bedroom was crucial to a good night's sleep.


To effectively reduce sound transmission between rooms, homeowners should look at what's in their walls. Interior, dividing walls are typically constructed of studs and drywall, creating empty cavities in the walls between rooms. Without sound-deadening protection within the wall cavity, these hollow pockets do little to protect against noise pollution within the home.

Made from stone, ROXUL® SAFE'n'SOUND® is a high-density insulation used for soundproofing these spaces, filling the wall's cavities with material that dampens noise. The insulation's unique non-directional stone wool fiber composition helps to reduce sound transmissions between rooms by absorbing sound waves in the thousands of tiny interconnected spaces of the material, minimizing disruptive noise.

Installing acoustic insulation is the perfect excuse to crank up the subwoofer, host a get-together or let the kids run wild, helping families expand their living spaces by creating a peaceful, quiet environment in any room.

Specially designed to absorb — not redirect — a home's everyday noises, ROXUL Safe'n'Sound stone wool insulation can be installed inside a home's interior walls, ceilings and floors to reduce the transfer of noise from the outside, or to and from one room to another.

"Family members often disagree on appropriate noise levels and have conflicting priorities and responsibilities throughout the day, making it difficult to think, work and rest where they need it the most," said Mike Benetti, marketing manager, ROXUL. "Soundproofing rooms allows all members of a household to go about their days — and nights — without the worry of disrupting other members of the family." 

The noisier our lives become, the more important it is to include soundproofing as part of any renovation project. Safe'n'Sound is ideal for installation in walls surrounding bathrooms, bedrooms, nurseries, home offices and theaters, laundry rooms, garages and in-between floors. Safe'n'Sound requires full access inside a wall and between studs, so it's best installed during a build or renovation. ROXUL Safe'n'Sound insulation is easy to install, and can be cut precisely with a serrated blade and trimmed for the best possible fit around electrical and plumbing for maximum sound absorption.

DIY-ers can find Safe'n'Sound at most big box home improvement stores. If not on shelf, it can be ordered through the contractor desk. Homeowners also can specify Safe'n'Sound with contractors and project managers. 

It's Not Thermal Insulation
Safe'n'Sound is designed specifically for one purpose — soundproofing. It is not intended for thermal applications like insulating exterior walls or attics. Its heightened density makes it an excellent sound barrier, but compromises its ability to prevent heat loss.

Invaluable Fire Protection
Safe'n'Sound is fire-resistant, so installing it in interior walls, and ceilings and floors between rooms will help create a safer home. Because the insulation is made from stone, it doesn't burn, create smoke or release toxic gases. In fact, it can withstand temperatures hundreds of degrees higher than conventional insulations. In the event of a house fire, ROXUL Safe'n'Sound helps slow the spread, and can provide home occupants with precious extra minutes for a safe escape. 

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With plans to open its first manufacturing and production facility in the United States in the spring of 2014, ROXUL Inc. is a subsidiary of ROCKWOOL® International, the world's largest producer of stone wool insulation. ROCKWOOL International is a publicly held company, which trades on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Operating 26 factories, the Rockwool Group employs over 9700 people in 40 countries and features a global network of sales companies, trade offices and dedicated commercial partners. ROXUL products are fire resistant, water repellent, non‐corrosive and are resistant to mold, fungi and bacteria growth. The Milton, Ontario ROXUL facility is certified to produce products containing up to 40% recycled content.

* National Sleep Foundation. (2012). There's No Place Like Home for Sleep According to New National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Poll [Press release].