An attached garage is a very attractive feature to your home. However, without proper soundproofing, it can end up disrupting the tranquility of your home. Many garage door openers, particularly if you have a chain drive garage door opener, are quite noisy. If this is your problem, you may consider installing a new, quieter garage door opener. If you need a garage door opener installation, Lifetime Garage Doors can help. Alternatively, you can read our previous blog here about quieting your garage door; however, you may also want to add soundproofing for additional peace of mind.
There are also many other reasons that you may want to soundproof your garage, depending on for what you use your garage. You may use your garage as a workshop, where the sounds of power tools or hammering may disturb those inside your home, or you may use your garage as a practice space for your band. Even if you do not have noisy hobbies that you use the garage for, you may want to soundproof your garage just to ensure that noise pollution from your neighborhood doesn’t come into your home. Regardless of the reason you want to soundproof, here are some garage soundproofing tips:
Fill In Holes and Cracks
It may not seem like it, but even tiny holes and cracks in your garage can make a big difference in the sound that leaks through. Any gaps next to the windows or around pipes should be caulked with latex or polyurethane caulk. An added benefit to doing this is that your garage will be more energy efficient.
Cover The Windows
Windows are also a big sound porthole into your garage. The thin glass does not make a good sound barrier, and the vibration of the glass adds to any sounds that are otherwise coming through your window. If you do not need natural light in your garage, heavy panels or thick curtains may help absorb sound. You may also consider replacing your windows with thicker paned glass.
Use Egg Cartons
If you have an unfinished garage, there is even greater risk of noisiness because there is generally only a sheet of plywood and exterior siding between you and the outside world. One way to combat noise pollution from the outside is the line your wall with leftover egg cartons. The shape of the surface of egg cartons absorbs sound and reduces echos, as opposed to a flat wall, which reflects noises.
Insulate Your Walls
If you do have an unfinished garage, you may also consider finishing your walls with insulation, drywall, and paint. The drywall will absorb sound on both the inside and the outside, and there are many types of insulation that may also help with the sound. This has the added benefit of adding value to your home.
Use Sound Absorption Sheets
If you only make a lot of noise in your garage occasionally and do not want to change the appearance of your garage, you may consider sound absorption sheets instead. If you invest in these sheets, you can hang them while you are performing your noisy activity, and then take them down when you are finished.
Whether you need a garage door opener installation, garage door maintenance, or any garage door service, Lifetime Garage Doors can help. Contact us today!