Concrete is one of the most popular building materials in the United States in both residential and commercial construction. Most people think that the sheer thickness of concrete makes it an effective soundproofing material, but that just is not true. While concrete is great when it comes to strength, durability, versatility, and cost effectiveness, the one thing it is not great at is soundproofing.
It all comes down to the science of sound waves. Just the thickness of a material does not necessarily make it great at soundproofing. The key to soundproofing a wall lies within the air gaps in the wall. The air gap in a wall is what traps noise and keep it from bleeding through. Here are some of the best ways to soundproof your concrete walls.
Soundproofing wall coating or sound dampening material is usually your best bet for an existing concrete wall. There are plenty of different materials to choose from to dampen sound or completely soundproof. Some wall coverings are applied like wallpaper, and others are painted on, while there are also decorative overlays like stucco that will soundproof your walls.
If you have bare concrete walls, they can greatly benefit from soundproof drywall. Adding drywall creates an air gap between the drywall and the concrete, and this is what provides the soundproofing. There is also drywall specially made for soundproofing. This drywall is comprised of two sheets of sheetrock sandwiching a layer of rubber insulation.
Blanket insulation is one of the oldest and most commonly used construction materials around. Blanket insulation can be used to add soundproofing to residential and commercial building projects. Blanket insulation also comes in a wide variety, allowing for other properties such as heat resistance, making it one of the most versatile options for soundproofing.
At Epp concrete, we are your experts for everything concrete, from poly lifting concrete, so foundation repair and new construction. If you have a question or would like to get an estimate for your concrete project, give us a call today!