Large families, sound systems and supersize televisions all contribute to the noise pollution in our neighbourhoods. If you are trying to have a quiet and relaxing night in after a long day at work, it can be very stressful having to put up with external noise.
In cities noise can be a real problem, and in the summer months homeowners are more likely to open their doors and windows to let the fresh air in, meaning sound will travel even further.
There can, of course, be noise coming from inside your own house too, if members of your family own a musical instrument or like to sing along to their music, so soundproofing an individual room can also make a huge difference.
If you want to soundproof your house, here are some steps to follow to get the peace and quiet you desire:
The first step to soundproofing your home is to find out where the noise is coming from and which part of your house needs soundproofing the most. Noise can creep into a house in a number of different ways, including through windows, doors and even walls.
Turn everything off in your home and listen very carefully to where external sounds are the loudest. Do this at different times of the day for a week to pinpoint exactly where the sound insulation is required.
If your windows are the culprits when it comes to letting in external noise, there are a few different things you can do. Single panes of glass are the biggest offenders when it comes to letting sound into your house – upgrading them to double-glazing will reduce your noise levels by up to 20%.
If you really feel like splashing out, then using double-glazing and acrylic frames on your windows will reduce your noise levels by up to 50%, making your home much quieter.
If you are looking for a slightly cheaper option to keep the noise from coming through your windows at a minimum, then another good option is to buy some heavy curtains and drapes.
You can get sound deadening drapes online and they are specially designed to prevent noise from entering the room. They come in a wide variety of colours and styles, and they won’t cost you the earth.
You would think walls were the most solid part of a house, but the standard drywall used to build many houses is actually quite thin and can be very ineffective when it comes to stopping sound travelling into the house.
If you add more layers to your dry wall, then you will create a thicker barrier, and the thicker your wall, the more soundproof it will be. Use silicone caulking to seal any gaps and then attach the drywall using nails.
Insulation on your walls can help to absorb sound and be applied through holes between the wall studs in the drywall. If you moving into a new build home, then you can apply fibreglass insulation to the walls before the drywall has been put up.
If you are renting a house or just looking for an even simpler option to soundproof your walls, then you can buy special material that can be placed on the outside of your walls to keep the noise levels as low as possible.
There are lots of smaller things you can do around the house too, in order to reduce sound, such as putting speakers on stands, shutting all your doors and using rubber mats under heavy appliances; but if you still feel stuck then there are lots of specialists available to help.
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