How to Install Acoustic Insulation

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  • 3-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 250-500
What You'll Need
Green glue (to be used as an adhesive agent)
Preferred sound insulating products such as a dB-Block
A sheet of PVC vinyl material

For homes or offices that are closely constructed to each other, it can not be helped that noise penetrates through. That is why acoustic installation is used to filter sounds. Sounds being transmitted through thin walls can make it hard to concentrate or have any privacy. For some spaces with thick walls, the noises generated gets trapped within.

Acoustic installation may not be a top priority because it is expensive. Doing the acoustic installation yourself may be the right option to cut the cost of having acoustic insulation in your home. Below are the materials along with the instructions on how to install acoustic insulation.

Step 1 - Determine Your Soundproofing Needs

Sound travels in a straight line from an outside source. When this happens, sound waves vibrate penetrate through objects and walls. There are two major methods that you can take to control the noise in any given space: absorbing or reflecting the sound. Determine if you need to absorb or reflect the sound inside the room where you want to install your acoustic insulations. Acoustic foam is good at absorbing sound and soundproof panels are good for reflecting sound.

Step 2 - Cover Holes or Gaps

Before installation, check the area for any gaps or holes in the pipes, ducts, or air conditioner. When holes are found, cover it up with an adhesive agent such as Green Glue to absorb sound.

Step 3 - Wall and Ceiling Insulation

With the use of a mineral wool insulation or acoustic foam, sound energy is absorbed. This works best when fiberglass or concrete is placed behind them to act as a reflective surface.

Step 4 - Sound Blocking with PVC Vinyl

Density and weight are two factors in blocking sound. Making a barrier for sounds to be installed in the walls may be complicated to determine but new technology has come up with ways to address the matter. One method is by the use of a sheet of PVC vinyl material weighing 300 pounds and which bears good density at its thinness.

Various materials may be used as sound-proof insulators and using the best material for your specific needs will save you the additional cost and burden of replacing sound-proof materials that does not meet your standards. An example would be in a music studio where the insulation to be used should be the absorbing material rather than the reflective material to ensure a clearer sound that is needed in a music studio.

If you decide to have acoustic insulators put up, research the right kind of materials to be used in a specific area. Home improvement stores have professionals working in the store readily available when asked about work on home improvements such as the installation.