By Gene and Katie Hamilton
You can lower the noise level in a house with new, quiet appliances but in some homes, it's the thin walls that make it almost impossible to eliminate the sounds of daily living in a household. A rattling hum of a dishwasher or a noisy stereo system goes through the walls of many homes not designed with soundproofing in mind. If you're remodeling, consider using a soundproofing wallboard to deaden unwanted noise from inside the house, and enjoy the peace and quiet of not hearing street traffic or a neighbor's barking dog.
If you're creating a media room for a comfortable retreat to listen to music and watch high definition television and movies, soundproofing is definitely something to consider.
Homesote has suggestions for sound-deadening wallboard Uses in and around the house.
A contractor will charge $1,765 to install a sound deadening wallboard in a 10-by-12-foot room. That includes labor and material. You can do the job for $1,345, the cost of the material, and save 24 percent. The material is installed like gypsum wallboard by screwing it to wall studs with drywall screws and applying a sealant between the panels. Then the seams are finished with mesh drywall tape and standard joint compound, and sanded like a traditional wallboard installation.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install sound-deadening wallboard with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020