How to Soundproof a Garage Door: 8 Simple Tips

Soundproofing garage doors can seem like Mission Impossible. Even Tom Cruise at his best would struggle! But the difficulty of this project depends on the type of garage door you have.

Roll up garage doors are very difficult to insulate with soundproofing material. However,  regular garage doors are pretty easy. Here are some tips that you can use to reduce the noise coming in and out of your garage:

1. Cover the gaps

Regardless of the type of door you have, you can still cover the gaps around the door with weatherstripping tape. This will prevent the noise from freely passing through the cracks, as well as prevent pests like scorpions and cockroaches from coming inside. To do this properly, it’s best to use a weather strip seal that is designed specifically for garage doors.

2. Insulate the door with soundproofing material

There are tons of different soundproofing materials you can place on the door to improve its noise blocking capabilities.

MASS LOADED VINYL OR FIBERGLASS PANELS – The best option is to use Mass Loaded Vinyl or fiberglass panels. You can use screws, nails or a spray adhesive to install Mass Loaded Vinyl directly on the door. Of course, first cut it to the size of the door. You can also play additional layers to improve sound absorption of the material. It’s incredibly effective at absorbing all sound frequencies, making it an ideal material if you’re playing music with your band.

The other top option are fiberglass panels. They can be installed directly on the door by using a spray adhesive or hanging strips. Hanging strips are a better option because they make it easier to remove the panels later if you have to. Fiberglass blocks all types of sound frequencies, just like MLV. So if you’re playing music in the garage, it will also block the drum bass pretty well.

MOVING BLANKETS – Moving blankets can also be used to soundproof the door. This is a cheaper option, and it won’t block lower frequencies (bass) to any significant degree. But it will block higher and mid level frequencies from escaping through the door. My recommendation is to place the moving blankets directly on the door, rather than hang them. And to increase sound absorption, use more than one layer. These are the best moving blankets for soundproofing due to their weight and thickness. The thicker they are, the better!

NOISE-BLOCKING CURTAINS – These thick curtains are typically used to reduce noise coming through windows and glass doors. But you can use them for a garage door or any other area. To hang these curtains, install a curtain rod above the garage door and then hang them on it. Make sure to get long curtains that will cover the entire door length-wise. They provide almost the same noise reduction as moving blankets, so don’t expect much reduction in bass noise. But for airborne noise (singing and other instruments) this is a good option. On top of that, noise-blocking curtains also provide thermal insulation, making the temperature in the room more comfortable. These curtains fit the bill in terms of thickness and length and they have over 4400 customer reviews.

SOUNDPROOFING FOAM PANELSFoam panels can be installed directly on the door, the same way as fiberglass panels, by using a spray adhesive or Command Strips. These types of panels are typically used to improve the acoustics in the room, and not for blocking excessive amounts of noise. For band practice and similar levels of noise, I don’t recommend this option.

3. Buy an insulated garage door

You can purchase a new insulated garage door that provides both thermal and sound insulation. These doors are not entirely soundproof, but they are thicker than standard garage doors, and therefore provide better sound insulation.

Depending on the size and the quality of the door, it can cost anywhere between $300 to $4000. It would also require removing the current door and installing the new one, and you’ll probably want to hire a professional to do that for you. But it’s definitely a valid option. There are many insulated garage doors available at Home Depot.

4. Soundproof a roll-up garage door

Roll up garage doors can’t be soundproofed by installing thick material directly on the door. Instead of doing that, you can hang fiberglass blankets, moving blankets or noise-blocking curtains in front of the door.

This is a perfectly valid method that many people are using already. The noise reduction you will get from this method depends on the type of material you use.

As I mentioned previously, fiberglass it the best option for blocking a wide spectrum of sound frequencies, while moving blankets and thick curtains will block only airborne noise to a significant degree.

5. Soundproof garage walls

Doors and windows are the weakest points when it comes to noise. But the surrounding walls can also be fairly thin and require some extra soundproofing. For soundproofing walls, adding MASS is really important.

Concrete blocks or an additional layer of drywall can be really useful. A more professional option are Mass Loaded Vinyl and mineral wool batts. Mass Loaded Vinyl is excellent at reducing noise from vibrations. It can be installed directly on the surface of the wall, or on the joists. Installing it on the joists provides better results. Mineral wool batts are inserted between the joists and they are used all the time in construction for improving wall insulation.

Both MLV and mineral wool batts can be used to insulate the ceiling as well. Either of these options will provide great results for reducing noise transmission from any wall in the house.

6. Soundproof garage windows

Soundproofing windows is the easiest task. There are many methods to choose from such as:

  • noise-blocking curtains
  • window plugs
  • installing an additional acrylic window pane
  • sealing gaps between the window pane and the frame with weatherstrips

You can read more about these methods in this article.

7. Reduce the echo in the garage

Reducing echo will improve the acoustics in the garage. It will also reduce the intensity of the sound. Compare playing an instrument in an empty room, and playing it in a music studio. The music studio has foam panels on the walls, and soft material all around. You can get the same level of sound quality by covering the walls and the floor with soft and thick materials.

It’s not necessary to use acoustic panels, although they’re incredibly popular. Covering the place with more affordable materials like moving blankets, thick carpets or rubber mats will also make a huge difference. Even adding a bookshelf filled with awesome books like Tai Lopez in his famous Youtube commercial (KNOWLEDGE!) will reduce sound reverberation.

8. Don’t forget the air vents!

Air vents are like big holes that allow fresh air to pass through. But air flow is usually followed by noise. Imagine soundproofing your entire garage and leaving the air vents intact! That would undermine the whole project.

There are two solutions you can implement. First one is to remove the air vent and drywall the hole that’s left. Unfortunately, this will prevent air flow and can make the garage really hot and humid during summer, unless you have an air conditioner. The other option is to create a sound maze inside the air vent by using a few wooden sticks. To learn more about this method, check out this article.

Final Thoughts

Playing your future greatest hits collection and/or deadlifting 1000 pounds while grunting like Ronnie Coleman – a well soundproofed garage is the place to do all of that! If you implement a few of these tips, you’ll be able to have fun in your garage without disturbing your neighbors and other people around you. Hope this helps!

Peter Bone

Soundproof expert and a staunch opponent of noise. This website is a free source of information on how to 'keep it down a notch'. I update the content regularly to keep up with advancements in the soundproofing industry.

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