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Soundproof Paint: The Cost and Comparisons

What is the cost of soundproof paint and how does it compare to other solutions? Well, it costs considerably less than you might think and it’s much more cost-effective than competing soundproofing solutions.

Most shared walls in hotels, apartments and condos are constructed using ½ inch drywall with fiberglass batt insulation in between the studs. This standard technique is efficient for the general contractor to install and easily finished by the drywall installers; however, it is insufficient for stopping the sound transmission between those walls.

After construction has been completed, there are very few options available to increase the STC (sound transmission class) rating of a shared wall which will reduce sound transmission and even fewer non-invasive options to accomplish this same goal.

Sometimes an additional layer of drywall can be added, but this solution is cost prohibitive, extremely time-consuming, and requires the refitting of junction boxes, light switches as well as the wall trim and/or moldings.

Other times the existing wall is ripped open so more insulation can be installed. This solution is cost prohibitive, extremely invasive, barely effective, and it is also very time-consuming.

Another option might require drywall to be completely removed so sound clips can be installed. This solution will increase the size of the wall cavity thus creating a smaller room while adding significant costs and time delays to the project.

Why would you go through this hassle of using any of these soundproofing solutions when a better one is readily available?

SoundGuard’s soundproofing paint is not only easier to install as compared to the solutions mentioned above, but it’s also less expensive and more effective. Following the installation instructions outlined in our guide and working with one of our certified SoundGuard installers guarantees that our soundproofing paint is simpler, faster and cheaper to apply than adding more layers of drywall or ripping walls apart. Depending upon the size of the project and the size of the painting crew, we can do a few rooms in less than a couple of days or do an entire hotel floor in less than a week.

How much does soundproof paint cost?

Now that we’ve explained the overwhelming advantages of soundproof paint versus other soundproofing solutions, it’s time for us to discuss the costs. When evaluating a soundproof paint project there are four main factors to consider:

1) Cost for the soundproof paint:
For commercial customers, SoundGuard’s soundproof paint costs $2.25 to $3.25 per square foot. Since the coverage rate on our soundproof paint is approximately 22.5 square feet per gallon, we are typically charging $50 to $75 per gallon depending on the size of the order. For residential customers, SoundGuard’s soundproof paint will cost slightly more at $4 to $5 per square foot, however, we will not be selling to residential customers until 2019.

2) Cost for shipping the soundproof paint:
Shipping can vary from $.25 per gallon or less if the project is near our manufacturing facility, and up to $3.00 per gallon or more if the project is thousands of miles away. The cost can also be higher if the customer or contractor needs the soundproof paint order sent via multiple shipments.

3) Cost of materials:
Often times painting contractors will markup the price of materials as a way to boost their profit margins, this is very common and will include items such as tape and plastic. On average you should expect to pay $10 to $25 per wall depending on the size of the markup, the size of the wall, the amount of prep work needed to get that wall ready for an application, and the integrity of the contractor to be fair with you. Typically on new construction and large scale renovations the amount of materials needed to prep a wall will be very minimal. Especially when compared to an existing luxury condo that needs the side walls, ceilings, and floors to be covered and protected before spraying any soundproof paint.

4) Cost of labor:
Of all the cost factors discussed in this article, the one that varies the most from project to project is the cost of labor. This is true for many reasons such as: (1) the average market rates for painting contractors in your city (2) the competitiveness of the bidding process for the project (3) the time of year can also play a factor in pricing (4) the familiarity of that contractor with soundproofing paint because a contractor that is uneducated on a product may bid higher on a project to give themselves room for error. In our experience, you should be able to find a qualified contractor to apply SoundGuard’s soundproofing paint for less than $1.50 per square foot on existing walls and closer to $1.00 per square foot on new construction or large-scale renovations.

Are you interested in learning more about soundproofing paint?

Our soundproofing specialists are standing by to discuss your project and help you evaluate the cost of SoundGuard’s soundproofing paint and determine if it will be an effective solution for your particular situation. You may submit a request with your project details by visiting this page or you can call us directly at 800-955-3991.

Thank you for considering SoundGuard.

SoundGuard Attending HD Expo

For many years HD Expo has been the hotel industry’s leading conference and trade show. Created and hosted by Hospitality Design magazine, it offers an unmatched level of new products and services, ideas and inspirations, access to decision makers and networking with industry professionals.  HD Expo is dedicated to creating longstanding relationships between the hotel owners and managers with many of the world’s best commercial designers, architects, developers, purchasing firms, product suppliers and product manufacturers.

This year HD Expo will be held on May 2nd to May 4th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our founder and CEO, Jonah Lupton, will be Vegas from April 30th through May 4th to meet with executives and distributors as well as attend the Expo to hear some of the speaker sessions, visit exhibitor booths and network with other attendees. Last year’s attendance at HD Expo surpassed 10,000 and all indications point to this year’s show being even bigger and better.
This means there are literally thousands of individuals from across the globe that would benefit from learning about SoundGuard which is why our Founder & CEO will be in Las Vegas all week and available for meetings. You may contact Mr. Lupton directly at [email protected] or 617-818-1529.

SoundGuard Launches New Website

SoundGuard, creators of the world’s first soundproof paint is pleased to announce the launch of their new website. The website which can be found at SoundGuard.io has been re-designed to provide visitors with a user-friendly experience, additional content and access to detailed product information. The team at SoundGuard invites you to explore their new website and discover why soundproof paint is such an amazing, affordable solution to a worldwide problem that all of us have experienced at one point or another.

Whether you live in an apartment/condo building, spend a lot of time in hotel rooms or you work in private offices — you can probably appreciate the disruptions and frustrations that unwanted sound transmission can cause. SoundGuard solves this problem as being the only non-invasive solution on the planet that can achieve a 12+ decibel reduction while costing just $3-4 per square foot (including labor and installation). This is 60-70% less costly than adding another layer of drywall or having to rip open the walls to spray more insulation or install sound clips or resilient channel or some other less effective soundproofing method that does not stand up to SoundGuard on any level.

SoundGuard’s new website includes an extensive library of resources, videos, test reports, product/safety data sheets, customer testimonials and much more to help prospective customers learn how soundproof paint works and why it’s such an ideal solution for the commercial and residential markets. SoundGuard is extremely passionate about solving noise problems and giving millions of people around the world a better quality of life without unwanted noise distractions.

Jonah Lupton, Founder & CEO of SoundGuard understands the magnitude of the problem his team is solving and believes it’s just a matter of time before every residential and commercial property across the globe is using SoundGuard on their walls and ceilings.

SoundGuard Is Finalist For New England Innovation Award

SoundGuard, creator of the world’s first and only soundproof paint has been named a Finalist for the 2018 New England Innovation Award. The New England Business Association, founded in 1938 as the Small Business Association of New England (SBANE) is a private nonprofit association with approximately 600 member companies. NEBA was established to provide a legislative voice for small businesses and to make information and resources available to help small business owners grow their companies.

The prestigious New England Innovation Award, which originated more than 30 years ago, strives to recognize companies that have taken their innovative ideas and developed them into transformative products and companies poised for massive disruption and growth.

Judging for the New England Innovation Award is based on four main criteria: Innovation. Growth. Stability. Impact.

The nomination for SoundGuard was a result of years of research and development by their team of chemists and coating experts. SoundGuard’s founder and CEO Jonah Lupton was dedicated in his pursuit to create their soundproof paint because he was confident the application possibilities would be endless. SoundGuard is the only non-invasive soundproofing solution on the planet that can achieve 12+ decibel reduction at a truly reasonable price point. In addition to being effective and affordable, this revolutionary product is also eco-friendly, fire-resistant, mold/mildew resistant and anti-microbial.

Winners of the 2018 New England Innovation Award will be named at the New England Business Association’s Annual Gala on Thursday, May 10th in Waltham, Massachusetts. Tickets can be purchased at NewEnglandBusiness.org

How big is the soundproof paint market?

Over the past couple years since I began working on SoundGuard I’ve been asked the following question at least a hundred times — “how big is the soundproof paint market”

To be honest I have no idea and neither does anyone else. When you create a new product category at the intersection of two massive industries it means you won’t have much relevant data to use for questions like this one.

However, I’ve also been wondering what our potential market size might be so I decided to crunch some numbers.

This is what I do know:
– U.S. paints & coatings industry is $50+ billion annually
– Global paints & coatings industry is $100+ billion annually
– U.S. soundproofing industry is $5 billion annually
– Global soundproofing industry is $15 billion annually
SoundGuard sits somewhere between these two industries but it’s worth noting that our product is just the base coat (see picture below). This means the top coat or finish coat is still needed which makes the big paint companies more like allies rather than competitors
Over the next 12 months, in just the U.S. alone, more than 30,000,000,000 square feet of wall space will be painted (yes that’s 30 billion)…which translates into approximately 200,000,000 walls.
If we make a very conservative assumption that 1 out of every 1,000 walls could benefit from soundproof paint (that’s 200,000 walls total) and assuming the average wall costs $500-750 (product, materials, shipping, labor) then I believe the current addressable market for soundproof paint is somewhere between $100-150 million annually.

**If you assume that 1 out of every 500 walls could benefit from soundproof paint then these numbers all double which means the current market size might be closer to $200-300 million.
My goal with SoundGuard is to capture as much of this market as possible.

In my opinion as the commercial and residential markets become more informed and educated on the possible uses for soundproof paint then this new product category should grow rapidly at 30-40% per year which means “soundproof paint” could easily become a $1 billion market in 5-7 years.
Contact us at [email protected] to speak with a member of our sales team.