Last Updated: November 29th, 2019
I think everyone has heard about Green Glue by now. It’s one of the most popular and effective soundproofing materials, due to its ability to block unwanted noise for an affordable price.
Some of the most common questions I get on a regular basis are:
- Does Green Glue work well?
- Is it worth the investment?
- How can I use it?.
This is why I decided to create this review guide and share all the information I have about Green Glue with you. Now, let’s get to the point!
What is Green Glue?
I personally love this product! Green Glue is one of the most effective products when it comes to soundproofing your home. The company has multiple products that work in different ways.
One thing you should keep in mind is that Green Glue doesn’t act as a sound deadener, sound diffuser or sound absorber. Instead, it was designed to stop sound and vibration from traveling between rooms, and to convert sound energy and noise into heat, especially when you apply it within two or more stable layers. You shouldn’t worry about the heat, because it’s minimal and won’t cause any harm.
There are four different types of green glue products, with the Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound being the most popular option. It’s usually placed in between two drywall layers, thereby building a damping system that absorbs soundwaves and keeps them from penetrating your home.
If you’re thinking about doing some home renovation, it should work well. The only downside of this product is that it smells a bit unpleasant, but this can also be prevented.
Here are brief reviews of each of the green glue products:
Green Glue Damping Compound (Bucket)
If your main goal is to do a big soundproofing project, then the Green Glue 5-Gallon Bucket is exactly what you’ll need. It has the ability to cover the same surface area as 24 Green Glue tubes.
If you want to save money, it’s always cheaper to buy a larger amount of Green Glue in packages. The only downside many construction workers face when using the product is that they have to constantly refill the applicator gun. This may make your renovation proceed more slowly and less efficiently.
Green Glue Compound (Tube)
If the renovation is just a small project, then you should consider using Green Glue Tubes. You won’t need an applicator gun, which is around $30, so you’ll end up saving some money. This product is the same as what’s in a bucket, but it’s been put in smaller packages and is normally used for smaller surfaces.
Green Glue Noiseproofing Sealant
This is a paintable polymer that’s been designed to make cracks and gaps invisible after your renovation. What I really like about this product is that it doesn’t have a distinctive odor. It’s relatively easy to install, and once it’s been applied, the sealant will take about two days to completely dry (click here to see the price on Amazon).
Green Glue Noiseproofing Joist Tape
If you’re doing any type of floor soundproofing, you can buy this Green Glue Joist Tape. It’s made out of foam, and the main purpose of this product is to solve the issue of squeaking and other disturbing noises. This product creates an airtight seal in order to dampen the sound of foot traffic.
Does Green Glue Really Work?
Well, it all depends on what you’re planning to achieve with it! If your goal is to completely block out sound, the answer is simple: No. But if you’re looking to dampen unwanted noise dramatically, then yes, it definitely does!.
I used to hear so much noise in the house: the radio playing downstairs, the kids playing games, kitchen cabinets closing, etc. But now, I hear far less noise. I don’t hear noise coming from the kitchen anymore, I can tell that the radio is on, but I don’t have a clue what my wife is listening to.
I’m so happy that I tried green glue. At first, I didn’t think it would go this well! You should also keep in mind, however, that you won’t experience the full effect right away. Instead, you’ll have to wait about 90 days.
- Very easy to use
- Trusted brand
- Dramatically reduces noise and vibrations
- Tested and proven to work
- Lots of positive user reviews
- One of the most popular soundproofing materials
- Maybe a bit pricey if you’re on a budget
- Strong odor
- Takes weeks to see maximum results
How to Install Green Glue
It’s typically pretty easy to install green glue by yourself, even if you’re not a handy person. There are only two simple steps to follow: You’ll need to apply it carefully to your chosen surface, and then let it dry properly. If you think you’re unable to do it on your own, then you can ask someone for help.
If you have an applicator gun and the compound, the process should be quite simple. All you’ll need to do is use the gun to spread the compound evenly across the drywall layers. After that, you should hang the first layer of drywall and start applying the green glue. There are two ways you can go about doing this: Either apply it to the hanging layer or to the other layer that you’ll hang later.
If you’re planning on using tubes, the process is the same. Just make sure you have a caulking gun, as it’ll speed up the whole process.
The pattern that you draw isn’t important—you can actually make any pattern, as long as you cover the whole surface.
When the green glue is completely dry, you can’t undo what you’ve done. The best idea is to apply it all within 20 to 25 minutes and then screw everything together. For the first few days afterward, it will remain in liquid form. It will be about seven days before you start seeing any results, and it’ll take about 30 days to dry completely.
Tips For Using Green Glue Products
Here are some tips and some things you should definitely avoid doing.
- I don’t recommend using Green Glue with only one layer of drywall. Whenever your thinking of using this product, you should have at least two layers of drywall.
- Don’t do the installation on your own if you’re not a handy type of person. You should definitely ask a friend or relative for help to make the job easier.
- After you’re finished using the Green Glue, inspect the area for any cracks. If you see any, it’s best to use an acoustic sealant to seal the gaps.
- You won’t see any positive results until about a week has passed, so wait patiently.
- If you are tight on money, I recommend buying the glue in the bucket. You may even have some left over to use on other projects in the future.
- Per each 4 x 8 drywall sheet, you’ll need at least two tubes of glue for the best results.
- Using nails and screws alongside Green Glue is highly recommended.
Where to Buy Green Glue
Green Glue is available on Amazon, but if you’re located someplace to which Amazon doesn’t ship, you can purchase it from the official website. If you’d like to find out more about the Green Glue noiseproofing compound, check out the reviews on Amazon before buying.
Green Glue is one of the most effective and popular soundproofing products you can find. I hope this guide has provided you with everything you needed to learn about Green Glue products, and I wish you the best of luck with your DIY soundproofing projects.
You can also check out my guide on soundproofing a fence with mass-loaded vinyl.
image: Pete Brown