Let’s try to keep it quiet!

July 22, 2009

Soundproofing a Kennel

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Animal lovers know just how important it is to have a safe place to take their pets while they go on vacation. When I was a kid, I remember taking our dog to our favorite kennel. The place was really nice and the animals were well cared for but there was just one problem – it was incredibly noisy, even up in the front office. I always felt bad for the dogs because I imagined they never got any peace and quiet and I’m sure that anyone living within earshot of the kennel would have agreed.

If only the kennel owners had known about soundproofing. What they really needed to do was find some solutions to make sure taht the walls, floors, and ceilings were able to absorb and reflect sound – lessening the sound within the room itself and ensuring that sound was not able to escape and bother others.

Start by addressing the walls and ceilings. Your best bet is to get a noise damping compound like Green Glue and apply it to the first layer of drywall before applying a second. You can then cover the finished wall with whatever type of waterproofing material you need to use to protect the surfaces from your animals and hoses.

The floors, on the other hand, will be a bit more difficult to deal with. Many kennels have concrete floors which cause sound to vibrate. You may want to cover the floors with Green Glue before applying a layer of drywall over top. Then put a layer of linoleum over the top to create a smooth surface that is easy to clean or hose down when necessary.

Remember this – soundproofing the kennel is going to cut down on the amount of noise you hear, not eliminate it. The folks in the front office will thank you because they may not hear as much but those cute little pooches aren’t going to stop barking. In the end, their barks won’t reverberate off of the walls and ceilings nearly as much, making it easier for you to get your job done without a headache!

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