As the #1 installer of insulation in the United States, TruTeam installers are often tasked with recommending and installing soundproof insulation for homes and businesses. We help homeowners, home builders, remodelers, and commercial builders with all their sound insulation needs.
There are many different types of insulation available, and each offers different benefits in terms of sound reduction. TruTeam’s installers will help you choose the best insulation to fit your needs and budget.
Contact TruTeam today for a free on-site soundproof insulation consultation by one of our local insulation experts.
Why Use Soundproof Insulation?
In homes and businesses, quiet spaces are always desired. Whether you seek a peaceful area for relaxation or a quiet room for concentrating on work, it’s important to design areas that are removed from both interior and exterior noises. In your home, you don’t want to hear people snoring down the hall, music from your teen’s bedroom, or noise from traffic passing outside.
Choosing and installing the right type of insulation absorbs echo in a room and reduces or blocks sound transmission, making interior spaces more enjoyable in residential and commercial structures.
Types of Soundproof Insulation
Sound waves travel through open spaces. Insulation in walls, floors, and ceilings impedes sound travel through those areas. There are many different types of insulation available, offering different thermal and acoustic benefits.
The insulation experts at TruTeam take your project needs, budget, and soundproofing concerns into account and will recommend and install the right insulation materials in your home or business. We may even recommend a combination of several types of insulation within a single structure.
Soundproofing with Fiberglass Batt Insulation
Fiberglass batt insulation is a common, cost-effective material used as insulation in homes and businesses. Fiberglass batt is a blanket insulation that often comes in rolls. It is available in various thicknesses – leading to different levels of thermal and soundproofing benefits. Homeowners and installers often prefer fiberglass batt because it is easy to install. TruTeam installs both faced and unfaced batt fiberglass insulation.
Fiberglass batt is easily installed between studs in walls, floor joists, and ceiling beams when they are exposed. It is a popular choice for soundproofing in residential and commercial construction and remodeling. Unfortunately, it is not easily installed in existing walls without some demolition work.
Fiberglass Blown-In Insulation for Soundproofing
A similar product to fiberglass batt insulation is fiberglass blown-in insulation. It is a loose fill insulation material applied with a machine. At TruTeam, our insulation experts are trained in safely and effectively installing blow-in blanket insulation systems (BIBS). Our installation methods create a tight fill around pipes, wires, and other obstructions, providing the best results for thermal protection as well as soundproofing.
Blown-in fiberglass is commonly used in sidewalls, attics, and crawl spaces. It has excellent soundproofing properties because the density of the insulation can be varied to fill open spaces. It can be installed in new construction or existing homes with exposed cavities. Homes and commercial buildings can be retrofitted with BIBS insulation, although that process may require wall renovation and insulation removal.
Reflective Insulation as Part of a Soundproofing System
Reflective insulation is a popular insulation choice in warmer climates because it reflects radiant heat away from structures. It has a reflective surface, usually made from aluminum, and is commonly used in roofs and attics. TruTeam installs roll, blanket, and board reflective insulation.
While offering superior thermal protection, reflective insulation alone does not provide effective sound insulation. However, reflective insulation can be layered with other types of insulation like spray foam or fiberglass batt as part of a complete thermal and acoustical protection system.
Installing Spray Foam Insulation for Sound Absorption
Spray foam insulation is one of the best performing thermal insulation materials available because it fills gaps in walls. It is made from polyurethane foam and comes in open and closed cell varieties. It prevents air loss and does provide some protection from noise.
While it can cost more to install, spray foam stays in place (unlike fiberglass that can compress) and provides long-term results, making it a cost-effective option over time. TruTeam often recommends using spray foam insulation for existing homes and commercial buildings looking to be retrofitted with sound insulation because spray foam can be installed into walls that are already built.
Rigid Board Insulation for Soundproofing
Rigid board insulation is a thin, lightweight, easy-to-install insulation material. It is easy to cut and can be used to cover large spaces in a time efficient way. TruTeam installs three different types of rigid board insulation: expanded polystyrene (EPS), extruded polystyrene (XPS), and polyisocyanurate (ISO). Foam board is a popular insulation choice for basements.
Rigid board is a common choice for homeowners and builders because of its ease of installation, its cost benefits, and its ability to be used above and below grade in commercial and residential buildings. By itself, foam board insulation does not have enough mass to absorb sound. To get better soundproofing performance from your rigid board insulation, TruTeam can install it with other materials to increase sound absorption.
Mineral Wool Soundproof Insulation
Mineral wool is one of the best choices for soundproof insulation in homes and businesses. Mineral wool looks similar to fiberglass but it is made from recycled content, and it provides higher thermal capacity and lower air permeability. As a denser material than fiberglass, it provides superior soundproofing results. TruTeam installs batt, board, and blown-in mineral wool insulation.
Mineral wool can help reduce noise pollution from the outdoors and stop noise flow between rooms. It can be used for noise reduction in floors and ceilings as well as walls. Homeowners and contractors frequently choose mineral wool for sound insulation in new construction or when upgrading existing home insulation.
Cellulose Insulation for Sound Deadening
Cellulose insulation is an environmentally-friendly insulation option made from plant fibers or recycled newspapers. TruTeam installs cellulose insulation in three options: loose fill, BIBS, and spray-applied. Cellulose, especially when compared to other insulation materials like fiberglass, provides better soundproofing results. It is a denser insulation and blocks air and noise more effectively.
While cellulose can be used in new construction, TruTeam frequently recommends cellulose for soundproofing existing structures because it can be installed through small holes cut in drywall without the need to take down entire walls.