Soundproofing in a Strip Mall
Landing a space for your business in a strip mall is an incredible feat – especially if you landed prime real estate and had your choice of stores before the entire mall became occupied. The only problem is that you have no control over who or what may move in next door, and if the mall rental office has approved the existence of the loud teenage music shop or funky clothing store there isn’t really much you can do. Except soundproof your space, of course.
In order to effectively soundproof your space you will need to think about the best ways to isolate your store from the ones on either side, even above or below. In order to do this you will need to apply some sort of soundproofing material that will increase the density of every surface, making it more difficult for sound to pass through common walls, ceilings, and floors.
One of the most popular soundproofing materials on the market today is Green Glue. By installing Green Glue damping compound between two layers of drywall you can essentially obtain a 90% reduction in noise. Your results will depend on the construction of the mall, your location, and whether or not the job is properly completed.
Using Green Glue is very easy. All you have to do is apply the compound to the already existing drywall surfaces. You’ll install a second layer of drywall over top, creating a strong sound barrier. You’ll need to use acoustical caulk to seal the seams between every piece of drywall. Once everything is dry, your store will be protected from the noise generated by your neighbors.
The advantages of using Green Glue over another soundproofing material are in cost, time, and effectiveness. Green Glue is one of the top rated materials on the market today. It’s inexpensive to purchase and your total project won’t take a lot of time. You don’t have to rip down or even sand your existing drywall. Simply install the new layer over what is already there, repaint your surfaces to match your store’s decor, and you’re ready to go.
Taking a little bit of time to soundproof your new strip mall space will make shopping in your store a pleasant experience for your customers – and you’ll enjoy working there much more, too!