Soundproofing a room can be done to both new and existing homes.
For a new house in construction:
- Have the electrical wiring and plumbing already in place inside the walls before soundproofing.
- On one side of the stud walls, hang the drywall.
- Begin applying the fibreglass insulation batting to the walls, and pack it in tightly. Remember that the more dense the material, the more sound will be blocked out. However, the insulation will lose its function if packed in too tightly.
- Hang the drywall over this section
Alternatively, you can hang soundproofing wall coverings on the walls, such as Pyrotek. These are sold as rolls or panels, and can be brought at home building centres and insulation contractors. Once in place, hang the dry walls as usual.
To renovate an old house:
Take off one side of the drywall and repeat the steps in the above section.
As an alternative, you can make some small holes in the top of the drywall, and fill the space with expandable foam insulation. This can be brought as spray cans, or you can rent a machine for this blow-in insulation. Patch up the holes when complete.
One other method of soundproofing is to hang the previously mentioned wall covering materials on the current walls. There are panels, vibration barriers and acoustic matting available for this purpose.
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