The Best Insulation for Soundproofing

May 31, 2021

Whether you live in a noisy neighborhood or want to train a herd of elephants in the privacy of your own home, soundproofing is a must. The best way to reduce noise is to use insulation as soundproofing in your Northern California home. Insulation is made of porous materials that can trap heat, preventing it from penetrating into (or out of) your walls. However, it can also muffle noise. Here are some of the best insulation choices for soundproofing purposes:

  • Batt: Batt insulation comes in rolls or “blankets.” It’s usually made of fiberglass, which is stiff and fire resistant. Since it comes in rolls, it’s easy to cut it down to the size you need without too much effort. If you’re cutting more unusual shapes, however, it may be more time-consuming than if you were only creating thin rectangles. Batt insulation comes in a number of different thicknesses, so you can use it no matter how small the space between your walls may be.
  • Foam spray: Spray foam insulation is one of the easiest types to install. All your insulation contractor has to do is spray the foam in the wall spaces, then scrape off any excess. This is ideal when your home is full of pipes, cables and other obstructions. Unlike with batt insulation, there’s no cutting involved. However, it does require a professional for installation—both batt and spray foam insulation can be hazardous to your health unless you wear the proper safety gear.
  • Insulation boards and panels: These boards and panels are usually made of Styrofoam or a similar material, and are often installed on exterior walls. However, they can be installed on interior walls as well. They’re suitable for floors, ceilings, basement ceilings and even attics, as well as your walls. To be in compliance with most fire codes, they must be covered with gypsum board. Ask your insulation contractors for more information about whether this is the right option for your home or commercial building.
  • Blown: Finally, blown insulation can also help soundproof your home. It’s similar to spray foam insulation, but it has a looser, less connected structure that works well for irregularly-shaped areas. This can be used in walls as well as floors. It’s made from fiberglass, cellulose or mineral rock left in small chunks. This helps it fill oddly shaped spaces.

Depending on your insulation goals, one of these types of insulation may be much better for your needs. Chances are you’ll need insulation to prevent heat transfer in your building, which means that it’s smart to choose an insulation type that meets both requirements.

If you’re not sure what kind of insulation to choose for soundproofing, talk to one of the friendly contractors at Ace Insulation Inc. Our team is well versed in noise-reducing insulation of all kinds, and we understand the different microclimates of Northern California and Nevada. Together, we can assess your building and your needs to find the right kind of insulation for you. Reach out today to schedule a consultation.

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