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January 14, 2010

Home Theater Soundproofing

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Building a spectacular home theater takes a lot of time and money. I mean, sure – you could definitely throw a television and DVD player into a room with a couch and call it a home theater but we’re talking about something much more. We’re talking about creating an atmosphere in which you can relax and feel as though you’re in a movie theater – without the sticky floors, ringing cell phones, and people behind you kicking your chair, that is. One of the most important aspects of creating a great home theater, however, is the soundproofing.

If you live in your own home you may not necessarily see the benefit of soundproofing a room as a home theater. Or then again, maybe you do. Maybe you’d like to watch a movie in peace without your wife complaining that she’s trying to read a book in the next room. Perhaps your neighbors don’t want to hear what you’re listening to. Maybe you live in a multi-unit dwelling. On the other hand, maybe you don’t want to hear what’s going on in the rest of the house while you enjoy your favorite flick. There are dozens of reasons to start and complete a good acoustical soundproofing project.

Now let’s get one thing straight before you begin. Using alternative soundproofing materials (like egg crates, old mattresses, and even blown in insulation won’t do the trick. In order to achieve the best results you’ll need to use professional soundproofing materials. And don’t worry about cost, either. The average person spends just as much (or more) on finding and obtaining strange alternative materials as they would on real, proven materials – and then they have to spend more to correct their problems the right way the second time they do the project.

So here’s the deal. If you’re creating a home theater you need to do a couple of things. First, take care of the walls and ceiling. You can do this by adding a layer of Green Glue to the existing surfaces, adding a second layer of drywall over top, sealing the seams with acoustical caulk, and then refinishing the walls. you’ll also want to replace your hollow theater room door with a solid door and make sure your windows, if there are any, are properly sealed.

Once you take care of these tasks you’ll find you have a comfortable and soundproof room in which to enjoy your movies – without bothering the rest of the house or letting them bother you!

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