I’m in the process of trying to establish a workshop, i am converting a 2 car garage space. It has brick walls tin roof and bifold floor to ceiling metal door, which spans the double car width.
I have done some research and sort some opinions on this and other forums,
about stopping the noise the machinery will generate escaping.
The consensus of opinion so far, has been that due to the brick walls and the fact they are “cut into” a hill, and therefore surrounded on 2 sides by fill ( upto half there height off the floor) that most of the noise will be generated through the metal front door and and metal roof.
For this reason i will be building a wooden frame, floor to ceiling doors (soundproofed) internal to the existing doors. The door problem should be eliminated.
However the roof is a bit more tricky, i can apply (double) thickness gyprock sheeting with insulation (thermal and acoustic) between the roof joists. But the other problem the roof presents is that it makes the shop very dark. I was hoping to overcome that problem with skylights, 2 to be exact.
Of course they then recreate the original soundproofing problem. ( back to square one).
So finally, the question….....Can the skylights be fitted with internal shutters, that is internal to the roofline , that might be powered and remotely operated. That will allow natural light and also have some dampening effect on machinery noise???
Sorry for being so long winded, i needed to paint as complete a picture as possible. Any opinions, ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks ‘The Woodsman’
-- Woodsy11,Victoria, AUSTRALIA, firstname.lastname@example.org