Sound Proofing Insulation

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A 2x4 stud wall with 1/2" drywall and foam insulation reduces sound transfer by 45-50 decibles in the 400-4000 Hz range. This covers most common noises: voices, children playing, dogs barking, street noise, equipment running, etc.

Mass. Adding more mass to a wall or ceiling in the form of additional drywall or concrete blocks is a very good way of reducing sound transfer, especially low wave length sound. Unfortunately this method is very expensive, eats into square footage, and often not feasible.

Separation. Building a secondary wall or ceiling is also an extremely effective way to reduce sound transfer. Secondary walls made of steel studs (great for sound) and 5/8" drywall (mass) will reduce sound transfer dramatically. Like adding mass, this method is very expensive, requires additional space, and often not feasible.

Absorption. Adding a sound absorbing material like foam insulation to a wall or ceiling cavity greatly reduces the "amplification" effect of sound within a cavity. This method is the most non-invasive method of reducing sound transfer. It does not require additional square footage, and is nearly always a feasible option.

The scope of a sound reducing project, whether simply adding foam to a wall, or adding foam & building a secondary high mass wall, depends on the existing sound levels and the desired sound levels after the project is completed.