Thinking of improving soundproofing options for your home’s existing walls? Well, below is a detailed look at how you can go about doing just that. 

Does harmful noise pollution disrupt your neighbourhood? Well, if yes then soundproofing is a smart option for you. In particular, you want to and should soundproof the existing walls of your home. Why? Well, there are several reasons why you should soundproof in such a neighbourhood. For starters, some noise pollutions link directly to certain health problems. Most noteworthy health problems include stress-related illnesses and high blood pressure. Even more, they are known to bring about sleep disruption and loss of productivity. Because of this, it is good to soundproof your existing walls. 

With soundproofing, builders or homeowner’s can create a quiet space that boasts a tranquil environment. For one to achieve this, however, you’ll have to soundproof your existing walls the right way. While there are several ways to go about this, it is important to settle with a soundproofing option well in advance.

To assist you with this, below we look at the different soundproofing options available. The soundproofing options we’ll cover are;

  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper
  • Paint
  • Insulation

Drywall

One soundproofing option you have for your existing walls is drywall. In case you are wondering, drywall is the process of adding an extra layer to walls. In this case, you’ll be adding an extra layer of drywall over your existing walls. What this does is increase the weight and thickness of the wall. This results in making the walls more soundproof. Other builders go an extra mile so as to make an even greater soundproofing barrier. For this, they usually add a Green Glue damping compound layer between two drywall layers.

Wallpaper

Yes, you can use wallpaper as a soundproofing option for your existing walls. Before you head to the stores to get a wallpaper for this purpose, keep in mind that not all of them will work. If you are shopping for wallpaper for soundproofing, make sure you go for an acoustic wallpaper. This type of wallpaper reduces noise pollution by more than 70%.

There are several positives associated with using this type of wallpaper. For starters, it is available in large rolls. Even more, you can easily attach it to your existing walls. To do this, simply use a staple gun to firmly attach it to the walls. To smooth out your work, press the wallpaper gently with your hands. Remember to do this when it’s attached to your existing walls. For an even greater soundproofing barrier, consider painting your walls with latex paint.

Paint

Painting is also a soundproofing option to consider. With paint, you’ll want to go for specially formulated acoustical paint. If you do it well, you’ll be able to reduce noise pollution by more than 30%. One of the reasons why acoustic paint has these capabilities is the material it’s made off. A typical acoustical paint is made using sound absorbing fillers, resins and hollow ceramics microspheres. These three work to improve soundproofing capabilities.

Applying acoustical paint on your existing walls is simple. Just use a paint roller to apply your paint. For those tight spots consider going with a specified brush that best fits. For status, you can go for an angled paintbrush. This allows you to easily reach and work on hard-to-reach edges and corners. If you’d prefer an even greater soundproofing barrier, consider applying two layers of paint.

Insulation

Blowing insulation is another soundproofing option to consider for your existing walls. For this, the process involves blowing insulation into spaces on a wall that allows sound to pass. For this, it is advised to use equipment like pumps, machines and specialized hoses. If you are working with a wetter environment that generates lots of moisture, you should probably use Fiberglass. This is because they are perfect as soundproof material and most importantly they dry out quickly.  

Need advice or assistance on soundproofing options for your existing walls? Get in touch with The Silencer. You can do this by dialling 0468 356 600. You can as well reach out online via email and for this; you’ll need this email address info@thesilencer.com.au.