A garage makes for the perfect space to record music, a podcast or anything else you might need zero background noise for… but you also have a responsibility to make sure the sound can’t escape, annoying your family and neighbors.
How much it’s going to cost you to set up a soundproof space depends on how committed you are to the project, what kind of budget you’re working with and how much you’re willing to invest, as well as your DIY skills and other factors.
On average, you’ll be looking at between $250 and $500 for a budget soundproofing setup, whereas those who are willing to commit to installing a full on soundproofed door will need to stump up between $2000 and $4000.
Your primary goal is to block all noise from escaping, so you need to invest in a variety of sound blocking and absorbing materials in order to successfully prevent sound from bothering those in the vicinity.
How To Soundproof Your Garage – What You Should Spend Your Budget On
Figuring out a price list is easier than you might think. You’ll know what your space needs based on the size of it, how bothered your neighbors and anyone else who lives with you is likely to be by the sounds you’re producing and how much money you can actually afford to spend.
There are many different ways of soundproofing, some more expensive than others. The following suggestions are by no means an exhaustive list, just a selection of affordable and rather costly solutions for you to check out and get inspired by.
Being very commonly used and easy to acquire, these bad boys absorb plenty of sound and stop as much of it from being bounced off of the walls and ceiling and back into the room. Being easily manipulated, porous and soft, plenty of noise is collected and transferred into heat energy, which dissipates, quieting your sound making considerably.
They’re available in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes, as well as being made from several different materials: Foam, Polyester and PVC.
You’ll probably need multiple packs to cover the space, depending on the size of your garage, but every inch of your floor and ceiling space doesn’t need to be covered.
Rugs, Carpet and Rug Pads
It’s probable your garage has a cement floor, right? If not, it’s definitely hard and smooth, which means you should acquire some carpet, or at the very least a large rug, to help reduce noise by absorbing plenty of sound.
You can also get a soundproofing rug pad, typically made from rubber or felt, which will go beneath the rug and increase the soundproofing even more. Make sure you get the right size, though the thickness you opt for is up to you!
One of the easiest ways that sound escapes a garage is through windows and doors – you can cover them up easily, with acoustic panels, but you might also wish to invest in some soundproofing, noise absorbing curtains. In a pinch, a blanket works – the thicker the better, so as to block more sound!
At any of the garage’s points of entry, whether that’s through a button operated garage door or just back into the house, you could grab yourself a rubber sealing strip, which is intended to waterproof your garage in the event of flooding but also has the double effect of helping to keep sound sealed inside.
You can also get what is called a door sweep, which stops any doors that lead to the outside from bringing outdoor sounds into your recording and rehearsal space, or sounds from the garage into the rest of your home.
Plus, whatever the weather, it will always sound the same, so rain or thunder won’t interrupt your quiet surroundings.
Those with bigger budgets might consider investing in an entire soundproof door, usually made using vinyl, steel, aluminum or plywood and then insulated with plenty of foam, with even more externally and facing the inside to help bounce sound.
So, how exactly should you split your budget in order to afford all of this without bankrupting yourself? The following is a decent estimation of all of the above, so you can work out a soundproofing solution that fits your news:
|Soundproofing Material||Area It Covers||Level Of Effectiveness||Estimated Cost|
|Window Covers||1 x Window||High||$25 to $40|
|Acoustic Panels||3-4 Walls, Ceiling||High||$30 to $150|
|Carpet / Large Rug||Floor||Moderate – High (depending on size and thickness)||$40 to $300|
|Rug Pad||Floor||Moderate – High (depending on size and thickness)||$35 to $100|
|Garage Door Seals||Under any garage entryway||Moderate||$15 to $45|
|Soundproof Garage Door||Doorway||Very High||$2000 to $4000|
|Door Sweep||1 x Door||Moderate||$10 – $15|