San Diego Building Crunch Calls for Soundproofing

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San Diego boasts one of the best climates in the country, with an average daily temperature of 70.5 F, lots of sunshine and very little rain. Close by are many attractions including Lego Land, KnottÂ?s Berry Farm, and the San Diego Zoo, but if youÂ?re planning to live there, think again. San Diego has a critical housing shortage; only 10% of the land is currently available for urban use while 76% is designated for parks and recreation, or undeveloped.

Building Crunch Calls for Creativity:

San Diego boasts one of the best climates in the country, with an average daily temperature of 70.5 F, lots of sunshine and very little rain. Close by are many attractions including Lego Land, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the San Diego Zoo, but if you’re planning to live there, think again. San Diego has a critical housing shortage; only 10% of the land is currently available for urban use while 76% is designated for parks and recreation, or undeveloped.

In the first quarter of 2005, the average price for a new attached home was $422,220 and for a new detached home, $797,041! Because little space is available for building new homes and the cost of a new home is jumping upward each month, contractors and landlords have become creative.

Converting apartments to condos has become big business in San Diego, with about 3500 units converted or near completion since 2004. Because the average cost for these converted units is less than that for new housing, purchasing an apartment/condo conversion has become the best option for many first-time home buyers.

In California, converting apartments to condos is usually simple because the building code is the same for both. The California Civil Code Section 1134 requires the converting company to inspect each unit and disclose all defects or malfunctions in the “major systems” such as roof, walls, floors, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems. However, if contractors do anything structural, they may be liable for construction defect litigation so many simply modernize the units with new appliances, carpeting, and paint. In older buildings, this liability is a complex issue involving defects unseen within the structure (old plumbing for example), and the need for replacement vs. repair.

I Can Hear You Now:

Imagine buying a condo only to find that you hear your neighbor’s every move, and that they can hear you! Old apartments converted and new condos being built may be lacking true comprehensive sound blocking construction. Insulating a wall blocks heat, but soundproofing a wall blocks noise The demand for condos is so great in the San Diego area and elsewhere that for some new units, deposits are paid and contracts written up to two years before construction actually begins! For home and condo owners-to-be, the time to plan with the contractor for soundproofing that will give true quiet and privacy is prior to construction. Although this is the easiest way to soundproof a unit, there are also many retrofit options available.

Plan Today for Quiet and Privacy Tomorrow:

Soundproofing your home during construction adds value, and your peace and privacy are guaranteed. Every contractor will tell you that planning on paper is much easier than changing wood and concrete. When meeting with your architect, builder, or contractor, think about possible sources of noise and include soundproofing in the construction plans.

-Does the house or condo face a high-traffic street? If so, soundproofing the exterior walls will block the noise from entering the interior of the home. Insulation house-wrap products are available that insulate and also deaden street noise. Tightly fitting double paned windows are also a must.

-If planning a condo, are you on the ground floor or will there be a unit below? If so, flooring underlayment will minimize the noise of footfall traveling through to the spaces below.

-If your condo shares walls (party walls) with other units, install soundproofing to block noise from the neighboring units.

-Will there be units above yours? The sound of footsteps, heard through the ceiling, can be reduced with a floor underlayment installed in the floor above.

-Prevent the sound of fluids flowing through pipes from being heard through the wall. Using a combination foam and acoustic vinyl barrier pipe wrap will minimize this noise.

-If a home theater is included in your plans, consider soundproofing the walls that adjoin other living areas to keep inside sound in and outside sound out. An acoustic vinyl barrier composite in the walls is excellent for this purpose.

Plan with your architect or contractor today for peace and privacy in your new home tomorrow. Products for soundproofing are available on-line at http://www.soundprooffoam.com.

For questions or to place an order, call 1-800-558-2058 Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, ET.

About Americam Micro Industries, Inc.

Since 1995, American Micro Industries, Inc. has been a fabricator and distributor of specialized products. American Micro Industries, Inc. is a privately held, veteran owned business located in the mid-Atlantic region of the US in South Central Pennsylvania, conveniently located within 200 miles of almost 40% of the US population. In addition to its Chambersburg headquarters, AMI has numerous shipping locations to provide the highest level of logistics. For more information, visit the AMI website at http://www.americanmicroinc.com.

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