Green Glue 102 – More Basics

This week we’re going to continue our exploration of the spectacular soundproofing material, Green Glue, by answering a few more questions about the product and how it is used. Green Glue is, by far, one of the most effective and affordable soundproofing products on the market today. But what is it really?

What is Green Glue?

Green Glue is one of many soundproofing materials on the market today. It is made by the company of the same name and is a damping compound – a material that prevents sound from passing through framing, ceilings, floors, and walls. It is a versatile material, capable of both blocking and absorbing sound. The sound vibrations are literally stopped in their tracks. You can purchase Green glue in a 5 gallon bucket or in a 29 oz. tube.

Is it difficult to use Green Glue?

No, it isn’t. As a matter of fact, Green Glue is easier to use than most of the otther soundproofing products you’ll encounter. Slide your tube into a regular caulking gun and squirt it on the walls you need to treat. Install a second layer of drywall over the first, refinish the wall, and your project is finished. You don’t even have to waste time treating the old surface – scraping or sanding it – first.

Is extra drywall necessary?

Yes – absolutely. In order to work properly the Green Glue damping compound needs to be compressed between two layers of rigid material. The sound barrier won’t be effective otherwise. If you have a really bad sound problem you might even install a 2nd layer of Green Glue and 3rd layer of drywall but most people don’t need to do that much work.

What’s the best way to secure the drywall?

Most people install drywall with simple nails but if your township will allow it (check your ordinances first) you should really use screws. Using screws will help to compress the Green Glue so that it spreads out evenly and gives you optimal soundproofing effects.

Does Green Glue take up a lot of space?

No, it doesn’t. Using Green Glue will not make your walls much thicker at all, so the size of the room you’re working on won’t be signifcantly altered. The Green Glue itself, once compressed, will be about 1/2 ml thick. The rest depends on the thickness of the drywall you choose to use, ranging from 1/4 inch up.

Don’t forget to check out Green Glue 101 for more information about this incredible product and how it is used. We’re sure that once you try it you’ll never want to use any other product for your soundproofing projects.

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