After a couple of years in a very old bungalow and now a rental where you can similarly hear every noise and everything creaks, I honestly could not be happier with the measures we are taking in soundproofing our home. Namely, we’re incorporating Sonopan panels to all our exterior walls and select interior walls and ceilings.
We spoke a little bit about Sonopan in episode no. 6 of Thompson Teardown, but originally we actually came across them at the National Home Show, where they had an amazing display of a box made of their panels with a speaker inside blasting music, that when you closed it, you couldn’t hear a thing. After that we did some more research into their Noise Stop Technology, and loved how effective it is at absorbing noise.
Basically what I’ve learned from the Sonopan team is that the more varied materials you have, the more different sound frequencies you’re going to block. So, in our case, we have framing, spray foam insulation, Sonopan and then drywall, which gives a very effective seal. This is going to virtually eliminate noise transfer between our floors, for the bedrooms and washrooms, and anything going on outside (hallelujah because before, we could literally every car door and I’d shush anyone who was over after the girls’ bedtimes lol).
As you’ve also probably heard me mention if you’ve been following our build, it is VERY important to us that we are considering our environmental footprint, and choosing sustainable and non-toxic options. Where we can choose Canadian-made, that’s even better. Sonopan checks ALL the boxes. They’re made of 100% recycled wood with no toxic glues or chemicals, and are 100% recyclable. From an install perspective, they’re also light, which is consideration since they’re sitting behind your drywall or in your ceilings.
Overall, soundproofing our forever home has been such an important inclusion for us, and we’re so thrilled already with how it’s sounding (or rather, not sounding, lol), and we’re not even finished yet!! Ryan keeps teasing me that I won’t be able to hear the girls call for me. If you’re building or renovating any spaces in your home that could benefit from soundproofing, I encourage you to check out Sonopan, and please let me know if you have any questions for us based on our personal experience!!
*This post is in partnership with Sonopan but all thoughts are my personal & unbiased opinions*