Stucco Noise Reduction
There are many benefits to using stucco. As a protective and insulative concrete shell a stucco home is fire resistant and requires less energy to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. One related, yet lesser considered benefit of stucco finish is noise reduction. Layers of cement, lime, and silica work together to significantly dampen sound versus other building materials.
Noise is a big issue, especially in and around major urban centers. With heavy reliance on automobiles, Greater Vancouver can be particularly noisy. Engine brakes, idling vehicles, and horns all contribute to the seemingly deafening “hum” of urban traffic. Many arterial roads act as major thoroughfares for truck, buses as well as local traffic. Added to regular vehicle sound are police, fire and ambulance sirens, car stereos and non-compliant muffler systems.
City sound can lead to more than just a headache. Research has linked noise to belly fat and premature aging. The European Heart Journal found that those exposed to road traffic noise of more than 60 decibels were 5% more likely to be admitted to the hospital for stroke, compared with those exposed to less than 55 decibels. Less noise leads to a healthier life.
Durable and water resistant, stucco has been used for thousands of years as a practical building material. However, it is the structural advantage as a effective noise barrier that makes it a superior contemporary choice for residential building development within major metropolitan centers like Greater Vancouver.
Choice Stucco is a Langley headquartered stucco contractor, serving neighbourhoods throughout the Lower Mainland. The company brings with it a wealth of experience handling residential, Strata and commercial projects. If sound is a concern for you, a stucco application by Choice Stucco might just be what the doctor ordered.