Installing Sound Insulation Installing Sound Insulation

What You'll Need
Acoustic foam tiles
Carving knife
Foamtak or Tubetak glue
Tape measure
Wood panel
Carpet (optional)
1/2 -inch foam (optional)

If you are bothered by the sound your neighbor makes, perhaps you can benefit from sound insulation. Or maybe, you have a teenager in the house who loves listening to high decibel music. It can be a must to have sound insulation in their room, in order for you to have peace and quiet. Installing a sound insulation is not very hard. Here are some easy steps to follow for the installation of your sound insulation.

Step 1 – Understanding Sound Waves

First, you need to understand the mechanics of sound waves in order to have a good sound insulation. Sound waves are an energy that travels in a straight line. In order to block these sound waves one needs to place blockades for the sound energy to bounce until eventually dissipating, or place a block that will absorb the energy. If you do not have enough space in the room to place book cases or fixtures on the wall, your best bet will be to install acoustic foam tiles on the walls and ceiling.

Step 2 – Take Measurements

Get the measurements of the area of the walls, including doors and windows that must be covered. Also take the measurements of your ceiling. Once you have the measurements you can buy your acoustic foam tile in accordance with the dimensions you need. Cut the foam with a carving knife in long strips that would cover your wall from top to bottom. Separately cut acoustic foam for the door, too.

Step 3 – Installing the Acoustic Foam Tile

You can either attach the acoustic foam directly on the wall or attach it first to a wood panel so that you can still make use of the sound insulation even when you relocate to another home. With regards to your windows, however, you cannot attach the foam directly. Instead, you need to have the exact measurement of the window, cut the same size on a wood panel and attach the foam on that panel. This allows you to remove the acoustic panel in order to use your window.   

Securely attach the acoustic foam on the walls and doors with the help of Foamtak or Tubetak glue. Apply glue all over the back of the foam and not just on the sides. This will prevent the foam from sagging later on. Ensure that you leave no space uncovered, even the ceiling.

Step 4 – Adding a Carpet

Your last task in insulating your room from sound waves is to add a carpet. Beneath your carpet, place half inch foam with the same area as your room or carpet. This will protect people from beneath your room hearing you jump along with your hardcore music. This step is optional and is applicable for rooms not located on the first floor. 

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