How To Choose Cheap Soundproofing For Your Home

Types Of Cheap Soundproofing

It doesn’t matter how tight the budget, if noisy neighbors or a loud road are keeping you up at night, finding a soundproofing solution becomes a priority. Unfortunately for those that live in common dwellings such as apartments or condos where noisy neighbors are most noticeable remodeling your home with soundproof materials might not be an option. While it is very difficult to actually “soundproof” a room without major construction, there are cheap soundproofing methods that can be used to see moderate improvement. They might just be enough to give you peace and quiet.

The first step in soundproofing a room is to make it airtight. Airborne noises will travel through the path of least resistance meaning any open gaps are a welcome path for sound. The most common areas that need extra work to eliminate air gaps are the frames around doors and windows. In addition, the boxes that house power outlets are notorious for leaking air. Remove all of the trim around your opening, as well as the outlet covers in the room. Fill any open gaps with caulk, canned foam insulation, and fiberglass. Treat each gap as if there are winds of 20 degrees below zero on the other side. Also, don’t be fooled by products like soundproof drapes that don’t provide any actual rating of soundproofing effectiveness.

There are cheap soundproofing that are good for your homes.

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Proper Soundproofing Techniques

Closing air gaps should greatly reduce the amount of sound transmission into your room, however if those cheap soundproofing techniques did not give you the results you wanted, you may need to consider more effective solutions. If you own your home, one of the cheapest and most effective soundproofing solutions is to double up your drywall with a product like green glue. With an STC rating of over 50, you are sure to notice a substantial decrease in sound, and the cost shouldn’t exceed a few hundred dollars for an average room.