15 Best Soundproofing Materials and Products
- May 20, 2019
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- Mithun Devnath
There are many soundproofing materials on the market today. At best, many are good products and truly useful for soundproofing, and at worst some are of questionable benefit to homeowners and businesses.
We’ve condensed those products into a list of what we consider to be the 10 materials to soundproof a room in your home or office. Most of these products are readily found CUBIC, while a few are more specialized and will require a special order.
Study this list of products and you can easily find the best soundproof materials to complete your project start to finish, and stay within your building budget.
Types of Soundproofing Materials
These are the most used soundproofing materials; each category has different best use scenarios. Each of these acoustic materials falls into one of these categories: Sound Absorbing, Sound Insulation, Sound Dampening, and Decoupling.
- Acoustic Foam – This material, commonly called Studio Foam, has a distinctive wedge or pyramid shape that is highly effective at absorbing sound. They attach to walls as panels, hang from ceilings as baffles, or sit in corners as bass traps.
- Sound Insulation – Sound insulation are batts made of mineral wool, rock wool, and fiberglass, designed to fit in between the studs of walls. The batts fit snugly between studs to take up airspace that can transmit sound.
- Acoustic Panels/Boards – These are decorative versions of sound insulation and sound absorbing foam. They can come in many appealing colors, patterns, and fabrics to serve a dual purpose in the home and workplace.
- Acoustic Fabrics – Acoustical fabrics are thicker and heavier than other fabrics and used in theater curtains, blackout curtains, and studio blankets.
- Acoustic Coatings – Materials like Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) is a dense rubber like material, used in many different situations such as car soundproofing, machinery, appliances, and as an underlayment. The mass of the material acts as a sound barrier.
- Architectural Soundproofing – This group includes anything used in the structure of a building, such as soundproof windows, soundproof walls, doors, and decoupling products used to install them.
Sound Absorbing Materials
Rather than reflecting noise, sound waves are absorbed into this type of material, softening echo and reverberation to improve the sound in a room.
One useful material is fabrics, used for heavy acoustic curtains and blankets. The most popular though is acoustic foam, a special material designed with special cell structure and density to deflect, dampen, and absorb unwanted sounds. They are commonly used in studios, theaters, and entertainment centers.
1. Acoustic Foam (Studio foam)
Best Use: For improving the sound in small to medium rooms, like recording studios, control boardrooms, and even small home theaters.
- NRC: 0.8
- Size: 12”x12”x2”
- Colors: Charcoal, Burgundy
2. Sound Absorbing Foam (Pro Studio Acoustics Tiles)
Best Use: Use as an alternative to the Auralex panels. They offer multiple attractive colors to break up with the charcoal that looks great in any room.
- NRC: 0.65
- Size: 12”x12”x2”
- Colors: Charcoal with Blue, Red, Teal, and Purple
3. Acoustic Panels (ATS Acoustics)
Best Use: Acoustic panels are best for rooms where the appearance of wedge and pyramid foam is undesirable. The wood framed panels look more like a decoration or large picture frame than a sound absorbing panel.
- NRC: 1.0
- Size: 24”x48”x2”
- Colors: Beige, Black, Burgundy, Ivory
4. Acoustic Curtains (Utopia Thermal Blackout Curtains)
Best Use: Blackout curtains are good for reducing the noise coming in or getting out from windows and doors. Use them in a bedroom, home theater, nursery, or wherever a little quiet is needed.
6. Door Sealing Gasket & Sweep Kit
Best Use: Foam gaskets are a great cheap material for filling in space on door frames where noise loves to leak in and out of rooms.
7. Sound Deadening Paint (Acousticoat Paint)
Soundproof paint has been called “a myth”, but let’s look at this group of soundproofing materials and you can decide. Soundproofing paints on the market can be rolled on, or sprayed on. Paints can only be applied in thin layers, so spraying will allow a thicker coat and is the recommended method of application.
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- Sound Absorption – Acoustic Glossary
- Sound Dampening – Mascoat
- Rockwool Rockboard
- Super Felt Underlayment – Roberts Consolidated