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What Is the Best Soundproofing Insulation?

You’re probably familiar with the hustle and bustle of the world outside of your home (it’s especially busy this time of year, during the holidays). Traffic, public events, neighbors, television from upstairs and other sounds contribute to what we generally refer to as noise pollution. All of this is normal while you’re out and about, but it’s nice to have a more peaceful environment when you’re at home!

Most of us are familiar with the energy efficiency benefits insulation offers, but did you know it can be used to help dampen sound?

Insulation & Noise Reduction

Limiting the transmission of sound from one area to another requires a material that encloses the source of the noise and forms a barrier that absorbs vibrations between the source and the adjacent areas. This is exactly how insulation works.

There are two different types of sound: airborne and impact. Airborne noises come from outside (traffic, voices, etc.) and also include noises from the TV, music and other things inside the house. Impact noise includes footsteps and vibrations from large appliances such as your washer and dryer. Insulation reduces both airborne and impact noises.

What Is the Best Soundproof Insulation?

Two of the best soundproofing insulation materials are loose-fill cellulose and fiberglass.

Blown-in insulation provides a twofold benefit, both adding insulation and soundproofing to your home. This is a perfect twofer, since if you’re trying to reduce noise, you might as well reduce your utility bills! Insulation and soundproofing rolled into one knocks two jobs off of your agenda, simplifying the process greatly. Insulating for soundproofing is especially important in multidwelling units, such as apartment buildings.

Installed Building Products Portland installs cellulose and fiberglass insulation. We love helping homeowners improve year-round comfort (including temperatures and noises)! Get in touch with us today to start your project.


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