Soundproofing a room is a good choice when a teen with an awakening interest in Justin Bieber – or complaining neighbors – lessen the homeowner’s enjoyment of the residence. There are a number of options and it pays to know what works (and what does not).
Why Install Sound Proof Insulation and Other Materials
Learning how to soundproof a room assists the homeowner with keeping noise in. The processes for this type of soundproofing differ from those she would look into when trying to minimize the impact of exterior noises. Please keep in mind that soundproofing a room is not an all-or-nothing proposition; it is still possible for some sounds to escape.
The Science behind Soundproofing
UHF Magazine explains that sound travels through things much like waves would. If the resistance of an object exceeds the resistance that air offers, the item effectively muffles the sound. It follows that the sounds the homeowner will likely want to contain are the lower frequencies that are conducted quite nicely by solid objects, especially walls, floors and ceilings. This realization has given rise to the creation of a number of products designed to retrofit a room for the sake of soundproofing it.
Sound Proof Materials
Noise Stop Systems offer an insight into the various materials and soundproofing options a homeowner might choose so as to insulate the noise vibrations that come from a room.
Egg box foam
This open cell polyurethane foam mimics the appearance of egg cartons. Please note that the poor man’s method of soundproofing a room (with actual egg cartons) does not work. When choosing this type of material, be sure that it is non-flammable. Use adhesive to attach it to walls and ceilings. It is especially useful in small spaces, such as an in-home drum studio.
This sound proof insulation can be placed to fill a home’s framework. When dealing with an open wall or while dry-walling, the installation of this product is a good idea.
Acoustic composite is combined with plywood chips to create a sub-flooring material that can only be secured with tape. It absorbs sound vibrations that would otherwise bother those living below.
How to Soundproof a Room to Maximum Capacity
If money is no object and the homeowner does not mind a bit of active remodeling, it is possible to sound proof a room by installing triple-hung vinyl windows, adding a suspended acoustic ceiling that is further insulated with sound-absorbing materials and also injecting soundproofing materials into the walls in between the studs. For the floor, sound-reducing mats can be placed over a sub-floor.