Practice makes perfect, and unless you have access to professional musical studios or practice venues, many amateur musicians start out practicing in the garage. In today’s blog, the garage door experts at Larry Myers Garage Door cover how to soundproof a garage for band practice so that you won’t disrupt the whole neighborhood while perfecting your sound.
Soundproof the Windows
When you’re playing music in a garage, the majority of the sound escapes through the windows. That’s why, when you’re soundproofing your garage, it’s a good idea to start with the windows. If you’re looking for a quick DIY method, you can try stacking bricks in the windows. This effectively turns the window into a wall. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to move in and out, you can buy an acoustic plug for your windows. These plugs work as an air-seal, which can capture sound in the garage.
Try Sound Dampening Sheets
If you’re looking for a way of effectively soundproofing the garage without much maintenance, sound dampening sheets could be the best option. Because they come in a wide range of widths and heights, these sound-absorbing foam sheets can be quickly and easily installed in your garage. Depending on which brand you buy, sound proof sheets for walls can reduce up to 70 percent of the mild and high frequency noise generated in your garage.
Build a Room Within the Room
Building a room within a room can be an inexpensive way of soundproofing a garage, though it is more labor intensive than sound dampening sheets. To make it work, you’ll need to hang three layers of walls within the garage to block additional sound. Typically, you’ll start by hanging drywall on the inside perimeter of the wall, followed by a 4-inch thick fiberglass insulation. From there, you’ll frame another wall and add another layer of both drywall and insulation. Finally, you’ll add a third frame and an additional layer of drywall. In addition to being labor intensive, this method can take up a lot of space in the garage, and while you can easily remove sound dampening sheets, this solution is a bit more permanent.
Choose the Right Garage Door for Soundproofing Your Garage
In general, if you’re planning to soundproof your garage, it might be best to choose a garage door without windows, as a great deal of sound can escape through the glass windows. You might also want to choose a garage door with a higher R-Value, as a garage door with better insulation is more likely to keep sound in.
If you live in the Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA area, we’re always happy to consult with you about your garage design. In the meantime, check out our garage door blog, where we cover everything from the pros and cons of using garage doors in indoor living spaces to how to fix a garage door gap.