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October 15, 2009

Choosing Soundproofing Materials

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When it’s finally time to start your soundproofing project you’re going to find that there are dozens of different materials available for you to choose from. The first thing you need to understand is that there are three main types of material – sound blockers, sound absorbers, and hybrids that act as a combination of both.

Sound barriers block sound, preventing it from entering a room or home from the outside. Examples of sound barrier materials are resilient channels, wood, steel, drywall, and mass loaded vinyl.

Sound absorbers, on the other hand, absorb sound before it is able to leave a room or space. This type of material is usually used in home theaters or in rooms where escaping noise may bother others. Examples of sound absorbing materials include materials that are porous or perforated, fiberglass, glass, brick, and even carpet.

Some of these materials, like mass loaded vinyl or the more popular Green Glue, can serve both purposes – both absorbing and blocking sound. Versatile materials like this are more effective to deal with because you won’t have to spend a lot of money on two sets of supplies if you have a large project to complete.

There are two things you need to keep in mind as you work on your sound proofing project to ensure success. The first is the quality of your materials and the second is the quality of your installation. If either is lacking your soundproofing job may not turn out as well as you expected it to.

Watch for the following as you complete your project:

  • Avoid materials that require you to use screws, nails, or any other type of rigid fixing
  • Use materials that allow you to mount with resilient materials
  • Check to make sure all of the areas in which you have just tried to soundproof are airtight
  • Properly caulk every joint in the area of your project
  • Review the area to make sure you won’t have any flanking noise problems

Your soundproofing project won’t turn out to be nearly as complicated as you might imagine it to be. Take your time, do thorough research before you get started, and use care when completing the installation process. Before you know it you’ll have an effective sound barrier.

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