Soundproofing A Garage
Garages are no longer just used to store cars. Many people now use their garages as music rehearsal rooms, workshops, and, more recently due to the pandemic, home offices.
JCW Acoustic Supplies receive many enquiries about soundproofing garages for all of these purposes. Due to the way in which garages are constructed, airborne noise and vibrations can easily pass through the walls and ceiling.
If you’re planning to use a garage for band practice, you should probably consider other people and think of ways in which you can reduce the noise. Alternatively, if your garage will be your office for the foreseeable, you will probably be more concerned about the distraction of outside noise.
How to Soundproof a Garage
There are a few things to consider when soundproofing your garage. Here are the most important points to consider.
1. The best way to block airborne sounds is with mass, and lots of it. The denser a material is, the more mass it will have, and the more effective it will be at blocking sound. Here are some options for soundproofing walls in your garage, and here are the best products to soundproof your garage ceiling.
2. When sound hits a surface, the vibration it creates can travel through most materials quite easily. Bass will create a lot of vibration energy. Again, dense material will help to absorb this vibration. Take a look at our SilentBoard Plus enhanced acoustic wall lining. It’s super dense, fire retardant, and can be applied to masonry or stud walls.
3. Think of filling a bucket with water. A bucket that has a small hole in, allowing the water to leak out. In the same way, sound will always find the weak point in a room to escape. This is why windows, doors and air vents should all be considered when soundproofing.
Our acoustic insulation products are very effective in garages and lofts that need to be used for noisy activities such as band practice. They’re also great for keeping noise out, if you need some peace and quiet whilst you work in your office.
Soundproofing Doors and Windows in a Garage
The biggest weak spots for sound to escape from your garage will be doors and windows. Ideally, if you can get away with no windows in your garage, your soundproofing will be much more effective. Otherwise, triple glazing or specialist acoustic glazing are your best bets.
Doors with a high mass, with no air gaps between the door and frame, are important when soundproofing your garage. Heavy fire doors work well, or you could think about adding a layer of mass loaded vinyl to your existing door.