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Soundproofing Your Home Office

Reducing noise entering and leaving a home office has gotten easier as new technologies have entered the market. The evolution of soundproofing technologies can be generally traced from very bulky, material-heavy solutions that required a complete renovation of a space to more advanced lighter materials that require little or no deconstruction to an existing structure. What path you take depends on budget and whether or not you are dealing with new construction, heavy renovation or light renovation.

Sound-absorbing material, for example, can be stuffed between joists and studs and then walled over. Many materials are available for this purpose, including cotton batts, mineral fiber batts, and low-cost commodity fiberglass insulation batts, which work as well as the others (to make sure it points back to the other absorbing materials) at a very low cost. This is one rare cases where pinching pennies wont put the pinch in your results. These materials provide a very basic level of soundproofing that dampens many sounds but tend to be less effective for lower bass tones. In addition, their use depends on access to wall cavities, which exists only during new construction or extensive renovations.

On the other end of the spectrum, viscoelastic compounds used in and between drywall are one of the most effective means to eliminate the full spectrum of sound frequencies, from high frequency sounds to low bass sounds that are normally resistant to other forms of soundproofing. Viscoelastic compounds dissipate vibrations in room structures by converting them into tiny amounts of heat. The material comes in tubes that can be dispensed easily and applied with a second layer of drywall right over existing finishes and textures..