Soundproofing for Hotels

Sonic-Shield soundproofing products and services are used to provide effective soundproofing solutions for hotel and motel noise around the country.

Recent consumer satisfaction surveys have identified that noise is a concern for 16% of guests, with 43% of respondents reporting noise problems to hotel staff.  Hotel industry observers estimate that noise can be a problem for as many as one-third of guests.  The hotel industry includes over 53,000 hotel properties with almost 5 million rooms servicing about 1.7 billion guests per year.  Therefore, noise problems in hotels affect numerous hotels and guests, which may adversely affect hotel revenues.  


Numerous sources of noise in hotels have been identified and solved by Sonic-Shield engineers, including:

  • Walls – Sound from adjacent rooms or hallways can pass through walls and disturb guests.  Typical noise sources include loud talking, wall mounted television sets, audio equipment, alarm clocks, and noisy plumbing.  For new construction, we recommend combinations of Sonic-Shield sound barrier and Sonic-Fiber sound absorption materials, combined with specialized construction techniques.  For existing structures, we recommend installation of an additional layer of drywall, sandwiching a layer of Sonic Shield acoustical caulking.  Our Sonic-Shield acoustic barrier materials, when added to a typical wall, can increase the STC of the wall from 33 to over 53, reducing the perceived loudness of the transmitted noise by 75%! 
  • Floors and ceilings - Walking on hard surfaces, such as tile or wooden floors creates noise that can easily pass through floors and disturb occupants below. We recommend combinations of sound absorbing underlayment on floors and sound barrier and sound deadening materials on ceilings to reduce the transmission of sound through floors.  
  • Windows - Windows can transmit the largest amount of noise into hotel rooms.  Various solutions can be employed to reduce this noise, including the use of acoustic windows, sound dampening treatments in the window mullions, and acoustic caulking or acoustic films applied directly on the window, which dampens noise without having to replace the windows.
  • Indoor HVAC Systems - Noise from fans in HVAC systems travel through the ducts and return vents, and may affect every room in a hotel.  We have developed effective duct and fan silencers that are capable of reducing noise by 15-20 dB, a reduction of perceived loudness by 67-75%.  In some cases, we will prescribe the use of acoustical plenums or acoustical wraps on the ducts to eliminate resonance or noise from duct panel vibration, as vibrations generally mean more noise!
  • Outdoor HVAC Systems, Generators & Pumps - Noise from outdoor AC evaporators can often be heard by guests within the hotel or on outdoor patios.  We have developed a modular sound deadening panel system, containing both sound barrier and sound absorption materials, which are capable of reducing the direct transmission of noise to the environment and minimize acoustical reflections off of nearby walls and structures.
  • Acoustic Reverberation - Highly reverberant rooms cause echoes, which compromise the sound quality, makes speech unintelligible, or results in a “muddy” sound from equipment. We have developed our own brand of  REVRB® customized acoustical sound deadening panels which can be covered in decorative fabrics that can be installed on walls or ceilings within rooms.

Sonic-Shield offers a full range of soundproofing products and develops customized soundproofing solutions for all types of noise reduction projects.  Our team of acoustic experts can help you pinpoint sources of noise and assist you in selecting the appropriate materials and products to eliminate, block or absorb the noise.  Sonic-Shield believes that while there may be similarities, no two noise pollution problems are exactly alike. Accordingly, our soundproofing solutions reflect our ability to identify, and when necessary, develop and fabricate the appropriate soundproofing materials for your particular needs.  Whether you have a problem requiring an immediate solution or have the luxury of planning for a problem that will exist in the future, inside or outside, we would like to discuss your noise or vibration problem with you.