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How to Soundproof Your Home

Your home should be a sanctuary to enjoy some peace from the outside world, and even the occupants of adjacent rooms at times. However, if it is common to find you are plagued with unwanted noise when you are trying to work or just relax in your home, here are a few tips on how to soundproof your home.

Tips on How To Soundproof Your Home

Sound waves can travel through most objects easily, which explains why you can hear a family member watching TV in the next room even when the interior doors are closed. When you add an extra barrier through soundproofing, the energy of the soundwaves is reduced, rendering it fully or almost inaudible.

A home that is well soundproofed can provide relief from noisy neighbours, especially if they are hard of hearing and need to turn the TV and radio up to full volume.  It can also stop you from annoying other occupants if you are a musician or voice artist who practices at home. Soundproofing is a valuable asset when you come to sell the property, too.

If your internal doors are hollow-core, they aren’t going to carry out much noise absorption. They are usually constructed from lightweight materials, with a cellular pattern inside to provide extra strength. This is fine for a cupboard door or other rooms where noise isn’t an issue, but for sound insulation, you need to fit high-quality solid core doors.

Solid Core Doors Help You in Soundproofing

Solid core doors are made of densely packed materials that are capable of blocking or dampening sound waves. You will be able to tell the difference in the weight and feel of the door as you open and close it; they should still be light enough for children to handle, but the extra density will be unmistakable.

The more solid core internal doors you have in your home, the more soundproof it is going to be. However, if you don’t want to replace your current doors, but you need to reduce sound travel, there are some other methods you can try.

Acoustic curtains are made of thick dense material and can be hung over areas where noise pollution is an issue. For example, if one household member is listening to the radio in the kitchen and the other is watching TV in the living room, drawing the curtain across the door temporarily will help to cut down on the sound intrusion.

You could also try adding a few layers of sound-absorbing paint, which contains ceramic microspheres and thermals which absorb sound energy. However, this isn’t a complete solution unless you are just trying to filter out faint background noise. It should only be used to complement other measures if you need to block out more than low-level noise.

Other methods You Can Try

Other methods you can try include double or triple glazing windows and hanging heavier curtains. Make sure all door and window frames are properly sealed, preferably with weathering strips on external doorways. Inspect walls and plastering for cracks and gaps, and have any repaired. Consider fitting wall and ceiling panels for extra protection.

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