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Do you dream of having a peaceful oasis in your garage away from the outside noise? Or perhaps you’ve turned your garage into a noisy workshop and you want to avoid disturbing your neighbours. Whether you want a soundproof garage for music or somewhere to work undisturbed by external noises, garage soundproofing could be the answer. Soundproofing your garage doesn't have to break the bank, and there are a few ways to achieve this on a budget. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to soundproof a garage, we’ve got you covered, here are five simple steps you can take that will help you create a quieter, more serene space.
Identify the Problem Areas
The first step in soundproofing your garage is to identify the areas where sound is likely to seep in. Check for gaps around the garage door, internal doors, windows and any other openings. Inspect the walls for cracks or poorly insulated surfaces that may allow sound to penetrate easily. Identifying these weak points will help you focus on the most effective solutions.
Windows are notorious for allowing noise to enter a room and your garage is no exception. Soundproofing them can make a significant difference. For a cost-effective solution, apply soundproof weather stripping around the window frames to seal any gaps. Replacing worn window seals like window gaskets will also help to reduce the amount of noise from within the garage and reduce the noise coming from outdoors. This step is not only budget-friendly but also helps with insulation during colder months.
Adding insulation to your garage walls is a powerful way to minimise the amount of sound that escapes from your garage. Acoustic panels and mass-loaded vinyl are excellent for soundproofing but can become expensive depending on the size of the area in need of sound insulation. For a cheaper alternative, hang acoustic blankets or heavy-duty moving blankets which are made from similar materials directly to your garage walls. This step not only helps to dampen the sound waves and prevent them from bouncing around the space but also helps to regulate the temperature inside your garage. As an added measure, you can consider insulating your garage ceiling which will help to reduce echoes in the room.
The garage door is a common weak spot for sound leakage. Creating a soundproof garage door doesn’t have to involve buying a replacement. If you’re looking for a money-saving option, you can replace worn garage door seals on the top, bottom and sides of your garage door. Check your garage door seals for signs of weakness or wear and tear and seal any gaps. There are a few options for garage door seals when it comes to garage soundproofing. Garage bottom door seals can be combined with garage door threshold seals to eliminate any gaps at the bottom of the garage door. Garage door multi seals are perfect for sealing small gaps around the sides and top of your garage door that may allow sound to travel. The combination of these seals provide a cost-effective way to soundproof a garage door without having to pay for a complete garage door replacement.
Depending on your reasons for soundproofing, you may consider adding soundproof materials to your garage floor. If you’ve got a home gym or you’re planning some band practice and need a soundproof garage for drums and other instruments, protecting the floor can help with noise reduction. EVA foam mats are an inexpensive way to cushion the floor and dampen sound vibrations. As well as installing soundproofing materials like acoustic floor tiles, laying thick carpet or heavy duty rubber mats over your garage floor can have a similar effect.
Another affordable and effective way to soundproof a garage is by using heavy curtains or moving blankets. The thickness and weight of these materials help to absorb sound and reduce its reflection resulting in a quieter garage. Hang heavy-duty curtains in front of your garage door and windows to help boost any soundproofing enhancements you’ve made. If you are on a super tight budget, you can keep an eye out for discounted curtains or blankets in your local charity shop.
If you’re looking for garage door seals to help you soundproof a garage inexpensively, JA Seals supplies a range of garage door seal products at competitive prices. If you need advice on how to soundproof a garage and find the right product to meet your needs, contact our helpful team who will be happy to help.