Determining What Material to Use When Soundproofing a Wall
If you are thinking of soundproofing a wall, you'll probably be trying to figure out what materials to use for the job. You'll probably be pleased to know that there are many different types of materials to help keep sound in or out of a room in your home. Some types of materials are much cheaper than you might have imagined, and the types of materials that can be used may surprise you.
Commercial Soundproofing Materials
There are many commercial products available that can help you to soundproof a room. Products range from sound clips that can be placed between drywall and studs (and only cost about $3 or $4 each) all the way up to mass loaded vinyl which is also installed behind drywall (or even beneath carpet or flooring) and costs about $150 for a 25-foot roll.
There are also many types of foam pads and rolls that can be used for the job of soundproofing your room(s). All of these products are known to effective in blocking out noise; so, which one you choose will usually depend only on your personal preference.
Cheap Soundproofing Alternatives
If you want to save some money on soundproofing a room, consider using things that you may have around the house. If you don't care too much about the appearance of an existing wall, you can use old carpet or old blankets tacked to the wall. Even old egg cartons can be effective at reducing sound levels that pass through walls. Rough surfaces absorb sound and make it hard to hear from the other side of the wall.
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