Home owners love tall ceilings and open spaces, but these configurations can cause noise to travel easily throughout the home. Because of this, savvy builders are always on the lookout for ways to decrease sound levels in their dwellings, and a new product from CertainTeed can help.

Easier, more efficient acoustic interior finishing is now possible with the company's SilentFX QuickCut noise-reducing gypsum board. An alternative to typical resilient channel or double layer wallboard applications, SilentFX QuickCut allows building professionals to achieve acoustical control through a much less complicated installation process. It scores and snaps like regular drywall and achieves more reliable lab to field STC results when compared to traditional methods, where errors often occur when clips and channels are compromised at the jobsite, says the firm.

Specifically designed for residential and commercial construction projects requiring a high sound transmission class (STC) rating of 50 and higher, SilentFX QuickCut can be used for interior walls and ceilings in new construction or renovations over wood or steel framing. It provides square foot savings and high STC ratings with less product, which allows for thinner wall systems. In addition, SilentFX QuickCut addresses high and low frequency noises that double layer gypsum board cannot, and is more reliable than clips and channels by eliminating the possibility of decoupling or short-circuiting during or after installation.

“The ability to reduce noise indoors is vitally important for sustainable construction today, especially in multi-family, school, hotel and healthcare projects,” says Dave Engelhardt, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “Now with the easy to score and snap feature of QuickCut technology, building professionals can meet strict acoustic building code requirements, increase productivity, lower labor costs and reduce callbacks.”

SilentFX QuickCut consists of a viscoelastic polymer that is sandwiched between two dense core gypsum boards. Specially engineered to provide enhanced protection against moisture and mold with M2Tech® technology, it is also enclosed in 100 percent recycled moisture and mold resistant paper. Manufactured as a ½-inch single panel without paper or metal in the center, it is easy to score and snap and can be cut and hung with a conventional drywall knife. SilentFX QuickCut is also available in a fire and abuse resistant 5/8-inch Type X board.

GREENGUARD Gold certified, SilentFX QuickCut meets several acoustic building guidelines, performance criteria and codes, including credits and prerequisites for LEED, Green Guide for Health Care, International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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