How Spray Foam Insulation Can Turn Your Home Into A Theatre-Quality Sound Room
No matter where people live, there seems to be plenty of noise pollution: sirens, car radios with blaring bass, rumbling trucks, trains, low-flying airplanes and helicopters, mowers, trimmers, blowers, loud neighbors . . . . These unwanted noises can be an invisible irritant that invade one’s living space.
A great energy-efficient way to lower the volume of daily noises is to add spray foam insulation to your home’s walls, ceilings, and floors.
Spray foam insulation can help keep your home quieter because it’s an effective barrier to airborne sounds from outside. They can also help reduce plumbing sounds from showers and toilets flushing.
Adding spray foam to your home is like transforming it into a theatre-quality sound room. Plus, having a quieter home will be beneficial to your mental, physical and spiritual health . . . and an ideal antidote for stress.
Some of the best places for spray foam are the walls of a master suite, nurseries, bathrooms and powder rooms, family rooms, playrooms, home theaters or media rooms, guest bedrooms, laundry rooms, and plumbing walls.
Adding insulation to the ceilings . . . or the floor above a basement . . . adds further soundproofing.
The beauty of spray foam – as opposed to traditional types of insulation such as fiberglass – is that it as it dries it expands to seal gaps and holes through which airborne sounds move within a home. This makes your home quieter – and more comfortable. It can also be installed yourself with the availability of spray foam insulation kits, adding to the potential value and convenience of spray foam.
In other words, it’s an effective air seal that eliminates the air gaps through which sound travels. Spray foam is also highly effective in controlling mid-range frequencies including the most common sounds, the human voice, and stereo music.
Two Types of Spray Foam Insulation
There are two types of spray foam insulation – closed-cell and open-cell.
Closed-cell polyurethane foam is highly dense and when sprayed expands up to 3 to 5 times its original dispensing volume producing an R-value up to 7.0.
Its advantages include its strength (making your home structurally more rigid), higher R-value, and greater resistance to air leaks and water vapor. This resistance to air leaks and water vapor makes it ideal for windy, damp and water-prone locations, especially coastal areas.
Closed-cell spray foam is the only FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) approved flood resistant insulation material.
Open-cell polyurethane foam is softer – think of a foam pillow – and is an excellent air and sound insulator. It is less dense than closed-cell foam and when sprayed, expands up to 10 times its original size. This enables it to fill all the nooks and crannies in a wall cavity.
To achieve greater sound proofing, customers should consider the density of the open-cell polyurethane foam they purchase. Foam Kit Solutions sells open-cell foam with a density of 0.75, which is higher than the density of 0.50 offered by other spray foam companies in the market. This higher density improves the overall sound deafening properties of the open-cell spray foam installed.
Of the two spray foams, open-cell foam has a lower R-value, is not as structurally rigid as closed cell foam, and doesn’t block moisture like closed-cell insulation. While both types of spray foam provide acoustic insulation from noise, open-cell foam is considered slightly better for sound proofing. It also costs less than closed-cell foam.
How To Soundproof Your Home
Want to soundproof your home and make it more comfortable?
Call us at Foam Kit Solutions today at 330-837-7700. We’ll be happy to explain how you can easily soundproof your home and save money in the process.
And be sure to ask about all the other great benefits of spray foam insulation:
- Reduces energy consumption to save you money
- Eliminates hot or cold spots in your home
- Improves indoor air quality
- Prevents pests and critters from living and nesting in your home
And much more.