Best Ways for Blocking Sound for a Quieter Home
Jan 17, 2020 By  Fenesta
These days, with open floor plans, numerous noisy machines everywhere, and scores of cars in every locality and neighbourhood, homes have become noisier than ever before. Unless you equip your home with soundproofing solutions, the noise that surrounds you all the time can get quite insufferable. The situation tends to get worse you have noisy neighbours in your complex.
However, it isn’t possible for everyone to pull out their walls and replace them with soundproof ones, so they have to make do with other methods. Some of the best ways to soundproof your home are: -
1. Absorbing The Room Noise Using Different Materials
A basic characteristic of sound is that hard surfaces reflect sound waves while soft surfaces absorb them. The general idea here is to have more soft surfaces in a room to absorb the sound. For example, some strategically placed padded carpets can help a lot as compared to a complete expanse of hardwood floors. Then, coming to the windows, even simple thick curtains can play a major role in not just absorbing the noise inside the room but even some noise from outside. And if you want, you can even opt for some sound blocking curtains for your windows. They won’t keep all the noise out but will help a lot.
2. Think About Installing Noise-Reducing Doors and Windows
The biggest opening in a room is always going to be its door. So, paying some attention to soundproof the doors and windows of your home might be a good idea. These days, there are many noise-reduction and soundproof doors and windows available in the market that you can install in your home for efficient noise blocking. Apart from this, you can also ensure that your doors and windows do not have any cracks or gaps around them where noise can get in through. For noise-reducing fenestration, you can look for multi-chambered profiles and fusion-welded joints that offer improved sealing. These have multiple points locking systems and double seals that ensure the doors and windows will shut properly.
3. Use Acoustic Panels on the Walls
While some people may consider this as overkill, there is no price for peace of mind. Acoustic panels are used in sound recording studios so you know that they will work. The best part is that you don’t have to stick to a drab look. As these panels are available in different colours and designs, you can mix and match and come up with an eye-catching design for your room. The next thing that you need to know here is that there are mainly two types of acoustic panels – foam and fibreglass. Both types of panels are known for being great at soundproofing. While the foam panels are best at reducing echo, fibreglass panels are great at blocking noise. So, depending on the soundproofing solution you need, you can pick a type.
4. Soundproof Curtains
Why not try hanging some curtains on your doors as well. If they can help you combat your noise problem, maybe the unconventional idea is worth a try. Soundproof your doors even further with these curtains. They are available in a number of colours and designs and are amazing noise-fighting products. It’s true that setting up these curtains might require a little extra effort on your part but in the end, the efforts will definitely be worth it. With the thickness that soundproofing curtains offer, the noise coming into your room will be reduced drastically. Generally, people just use these curtains for their windows but they can be used to soundproof doors as well. If you have to install a curtain rod from scratch, it might be a good idea to look for eyelet curtains for ease.
5. Look Inside the Home
The fact of the matter is that it is not just noise from outside that can be quite annoying; the inside of your home might also be full of noisemakers. From noisy appliances that need servicing to squeaky floors and noisy pipes, there are a lot of things that may be making a ruckus that you did not really pay attention to. Take a look around your home and inspect everything. Fix what needs fixing and replace the things that need it. Getting rid of the ambient noise within your home can help you a lot in creating a quieter and more peaceful environment.
Today, noise has become a by-product of our lives and to accompany it, we even have noise pollution. Noise can add a lot to our stress levels as it infringes on our privacy, compromising our quality of life. Fortunately, you also have a number of soundproofing initiatives that you can take to alleviate the issue. Creating a home environment that is quiet and peaceful will take some work from your side, but the results will be worth the effort.
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