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Different types of Foam for Soundproofing

soundproofing17Written by: Carlo Badalamenti

There are a range of designs, degrees of quality, and sizes of soundproofing foam from Canada. Depending on the area that needs covered and the specific acoustic requirements of the customer, different foams are best suited for different jobs. When choosing the right foam, it’s important to know the qualities of each so they can be utilized to their maximum performance.

There are several commonly used affordable designs that can be purchased in different sizes. Acoustic wedge foam ranges from 1 to 4 inches thick, and offers varying degrees of soundproofing. The 1 inch foam provides moderate sound absorption, while the 4 inch material is higher quality and provides maximum sound absorption. This and other acoustic foams differ from regular packaging foam from Canada since they contain a much higher number of individual cells per linear inch, making them capable of absorbing and diffusing sound.

Another affordable option is acoustic pyramid foam. This can also be purchased in various sizes from 1 to 4 inches thick, but differs in design from the wedge foam. Because these panels have more surface area, they provide slightly less absorption in certain situations but deliver more sound diffusion. The 1 inch product is most appropriate for absorbing mid-to-high frequency ranges, while the 4 inch foam is most effective for low frequency waves.

Acoustic eggcrate foam is available in 1.5 to 2.5 inches of thickness and is also a financially efficient option. This foam provides good quality sound absorption and works best when covered with acoustical cloth. This option is great for those who are on a strict budget but are also looking for quality soundproofing.

For larger rooms, acoustic foam panels that are available in large sizes are a good option for easier application. Spade foam is available in large panels and, while it is more expensive, it has high quality echo absorption and clarifying qualities. Also, the aesthetically interesting design provides the customer with the added benefit of choosing between two different looks when mounting the panels.

Acoustic grid foam and wave foam are two other options that are available in large panels. The tiled appearance of the grid foam and the flowing design of the wave foam both help absorb bouncing waves to clarify and improve sound. They each, however, have a unique visual design. The grid formations provide a consistent and interesting pattern, while the waves provide a sense of movement throughout a room.

Bio: Foam Factory, Inc. specializes in custom cut foam shapes for DIY projects and affordable accents in the home.