3 Things to Know Before Soundproofing a Room 3 Things to Know Before Soundproofing a Room
With smaller, more advanced recording equipment and home studios on the increase, the techniques for soundproofing a room have become more in demand. However, there are a number of factors that you should give some thought to before trying to soundproof a room.
Consider the Structure of the Room
Some rooms are already more soundproof in a natural way than others. Basically, they insulate against noise from within or from outside the room pretty well. For example, drywall and gypsum are quite effective for soundproofing, so if you just add a layer or two of foam, carpeting or similar materials, you should have done enough to soundproof the room well.
Different Methods and Their Effectiveness
There are a number of methods which are deemed to be effective for soundproofing. Apart from considering the structure of the room itself, you will need to consider the costs involved for soundproofing. Some materials such as foam may be less expensive than others. Barriers, insulation and acoustic panels can also be used. Adding a layer of gypsum board could do the job. Vinyl strips are also useful in case of gaps caused by doors, windows and ventilator edges.
The size of the room
The size of the room will also directly effect the amount of material required and, inevitably, the total cost. However, the effectiveness of the soundproofing material should always be considered over the cost, as you might end up spending more in extra layers in the long run if you opt for an inferior material.