As more and more people live in tighter spaces in urban areas, and the technological equipment we use to keep us entertained in our home has advanced, it’s little wonder that many people suffer from noise pollution. One of the ways to combat noise is to soundproof your home. Here are some tips to restore peace and quiet into your home again.
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Why might you want to add soundproofing to your home?
In today’s modern society, where household gadgets are churning away or blasting out loud, it may be hard to capture a few moments of calm in your home. And even if your household members are a quiet bunch, it could be the rowdy guitar-player next door that is keeping you awake at night. Very often, we get used to the noise pollution that blights countless households day in day out. But should you have to put up with the sleepless nights or feelings of frustration? And, just what can you do about it? The answer lies in soundproofing.
What is soundproofing?
Soundproofing is basically employing certain measures in your home to reduce sound levels from entering other rooms, or the rest of the house. At first glance, many people might assume this is an expensive and disruptive option. But, in actual fact, there are heaps of ways you can soundproof your home, that are neither expensive or require major upheaval.
How to soundproof your home
First of all, consider which rooms need soundproofing. Is it just one room of the home, or several? The number of rooms you need to soundproof will have an impact on the type of soundproofing option you go for. Consider how noisy the room is. Is the sound tolerable but annoying some of the time, or is it totally unbearable? For only minor disturbances, you could probably get away with less invasive soundproofing options. But, for noise that is disturbing your sleep and affecting your life, then you might want to think about options with the greatest impact.
At its simplest, you can soundproof your home, just by rearranging the furniture or layout of a room, so that you have more items up against a wall, to act as a barrier. Rough-surfaced furniture is a good choice for soundproofing a room as it helps to absorb sound. Consider adding carpets, rugs or drapes to a room as, surprisingly, this can help to reduce sound levels.
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Gaps in your home can be guilty of transmitting sound waves, so make sure to plug any gaps you can find. For example, create an airtight seal around any gaps in windows and doors, to prevent sound waves from entering through. Acoustic sealant should do the trick for this one.
Although a little costlier, you may want to consider replacing windows or doors to help soundproof your home. Sturdy doors and double-glazed windows can prevent sounds from entering into your room. The added bonus is, that they’ll keep your house warmer too.
A useful option for soundproofing your home may be to add soundproof wallpaper to the walls where sound penetration is a problem. It’s as easy to hang as normal wallpaper but consists of several layers that act as a sound barrier. Rubber flooring, although a more costly option, is a great solution for soundproofing. The tiles can even be used underneath other types of flooring as an underlay.
Other wall (or floor) soundproofing possibilities are likely to require specialised DIY skills, so you might want to employ the services of a soundproofing professional to go through these options with you. For instance, you could consider adding drywall to walls, which is a dense material that absorbs sound. Or, you could install acoustic panels, which act as a noise buffer.
Try the easier and cheaper options of DIY soundproofing first and if you find that these do not provide enough improvement consult a professional who can advise you on your best option and provide a quote.
This article was written by A. Elliott on behalf of UK Oak Doors, suppliers of internal and external doors.