Media Room

Turn up the volume on sound resistance.

When it comes to walls, now there’s a reason to make some noise. That’s because National Gypsum’s sound-reducing drywall works hard to ensure the cheers and the volume never disturb the peace. Install SoundBreak® XP® Drywall during new construction or easily add SoundBreak XP Retrofit® Board  to your existing drywall to put noise in its place and keep it there, offering the perfect solution for your man cave, media room or playroom. In addition to keeping sound in – or out of – the rooms that matter most, both products also resist scratches, scuffs, moisture, mold and mildew. Whether you’re building new or remodeling, you’ll never get more sound advice than this: Ask for PURPLE®.

Related FAQs

While there’s no such thing as completely soundproof drywall, by installing SoundBreak® XP® Drywall or adding SoundBreak XP Retrofit® Board to existing drywall you can drastically reduce the amount of noise you hear between rooms from music, television, conversation, a baby crying or dogs barking.

At the center of SoundBreak® XP® drywall products is a layer of material specifically designed to absorb and dissipate noise. That material, called a polymer, is sandwiched between two pieces of high-density, mold-resistant drywall and covered by heavy, moisture-, mold- and mildew-resistant, 100 percent recycled purple paper on both sides.

Want to hear the difference? Check out our SoundBreak® XP® demo.

No. While all drywall is naturally fire-resistant, PURPLE® drywall is unique because it also resists moisture, mold and mildew. Most PURPLE® drywall products also stand up to scratches, scuffs, dents and sound. This means added value and peace of mind regardless of steamy showers, roughhousing kids or band practice.

All PURPLE® products have achieved GREENGUARD GOLD Certification for indoor air quality and are as easy to install and finish as standard drywall.

It would cost less than $1,000 to upgrade an average 2,500-square-foot house to PURPLE® drywall where recommended.

For a standard size room (approximately 12’ x 16’ x 8’), the average difference in material cost to upgrade to PURPLE® products is:

  • $50 or less for XP® drywall (including ceiling)
  • $200 or less for Hi-Abuse® XP® or Hi-Impact® XP® drywall
  • $175 or less for SoundBreak® XP® drywall (per wall)

Prices vary by region. Check with your local home improvement store or contractor for prices and availability near you.