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

Cathy needs help reducing the transfer of unwanted sound from a wall in her townhome so she can drown out her noisy neighbors, but she’s just not sure how to go about it. 

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 Wall Board and SoundBreak XP Retrofit Board. The retrofit version is just 1/4-inch thick and has a membrane that reduces sound transmission. 

On the wall that she shares with 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. 

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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