How to Practically Soundproof Your Home

Drywall installation project
Installing drywall can add extra sound dampening.

Cathy needs help soundproofing a wall in her townhome so she can drown out her noisy neighbors, but she’s just not sure how to go about it. 

National Gypsum Soundbreak XP Drywall
National Gypsum’s Soundbreak XP is a superior choice for sound dampening a wall.

Here’s our advice: Cathy can try hanging tapestries and other cloth items on her walls to dampen some of the next-door noise. But there’s an even better solution than that. 

We recommend that Cathy look into National Gypsum’s SoundBreak XP Drywall. There’s a retrofit version that’s just 1/4-inch thick and it has a soundproofing membrane. 

On the wall that she shares with her neighbors, she can add SoundBreak directly over it after removing outlets and trim. Then, all she has to do is re-install the outlets and trim and caulk around them. 

This way, she’s basically putting a shield between her unit and her neighbors’ unit. 

Listen to the embedded audio clip above for the full answer! Read the blog from the Feb. 15 show and listen to the full broadcast here.  

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