Planning a major renovation for your home, or are you in the process of building a new house? You may want to consider including soundproof materials to help cope with the noise levels, especially if you have a studio or work out gym indoors. But you also want to think of it if you are like me, who advocates maximum security around the house.
I love to play my music loud, especially in the work out room, and since we have neighbors around, I thought it wise to do the needful. Since the inclusion of a soundproof material in the basement, I practically spend a lot of time there. It wasn’t much of a challenge to do the job myself with ply board, tack nails, and super glue. I also got a foam layer to pad the space between the ply board and the wall. You will need to familiarize yourself with some of the best soundproofing tips and tricks to get started on the right foot.
Before I let you in on my particular method of soundproofing your house without hiring any help, lets first share some of the benefits of a noiseless home.
Why you Should Consider Soundproofing for your Home
This is the apparent reason why you should consider soundproofing your home. By so doing, you block out all the leakages in the wall that keep the outside noise from getting in. Also, you can expect that all the noise you make indoor will also be contained, which is great if you play a lot of loud music. If you stay in a noisy neighborhood where you find it difficult to relax after a hard day’s work, a simple noise barrier fitted in the walls can help with the situation.
Make the Home Comfortable
Who doesn’t like to live in a noiseless home? I know I do. After going through all the hustle and bustle associated with the outdoors, it only makes sense to retire to a place where you can relax. Not only will it help you sleep better at night, but it could also act as a heat barrier that reduced the heat intensity of the sun as it falls on your wall. While you may not consider this a plus, if you own an indoor air cooling unit, you may also want to think of your electricity bills at the end of the month.
Protects your Hearing
Limited noise around the house is right for your hearing. Blazing horns from moving vehicles and the continuous noise from indoor equipment can take a toll on your eardrums. While the noise levels in your home may not be likened to that of a factory, you still want to be concerned about your safety. You can learn more about how to protect your hearing from this link: https://www.hearinglink.org/your-hearing/protecting-your-hearing/
Keeps Things Civil
Remember, you want to love your neighbor as yourself. Limiting the noise levels around the house is a great way to make it easier for the neighbors to live with you, especially if you own an indoor entertainment system you can’t seem to turn down. Without these noise barriers in place, you certainly will be getting on the nerves of the folks living around you, and it is best to be civil and do the right thing. And who says you need to turn down the music? You just need to stop the noise from escaping outdoors.
Cheap Way to Soundproof your Home
While you could hire a soundproof home expert to help you out with the process, there is a cheaper and more exciting way to do it. Of course, you will have to do the job yourself; that’s the only way you will get to feel all the fun and excitement that comes with getting your hands dirty. You will need to first source for material from your local hardware store. And they include insulation materials such as
- sound curtains
- acoustic sealants
- mass-loaded vinyl
- noise absorbing foam
- soundproof fiberglass
The material you will choose depends on the type of wall or ceiling you are working with. For wooden walls, noise-absorbing foam fitted in between the board is a great way to reduce the vibratory noise that falls on it from both the wall and floor.
Brick walls will need a lot of insulation, and padding the area with mass loaded vinyl, with sound curtains on the window, and acoustic sealants in all the tiny spaces, you should be able to keep the noise indoors. If you are considering having a recording studio in the house or thinking of starting a home band, then you are better off with soundproof fiberglass.
A floor undermat is also an excellent addition to help reduce the vibrations on your wood floor. This is great if you live in an apartment building where you are directly above someone else. You don’t want all the noise from jumping on the wooden floor to inconvenience your neighbor, so this could be a cheap solution to avoid an altercation, or worse, a notice from the landlord.
Other Ways to Keep the Noise Out
Apart from soundproofing the house, there are other things you can try to keep the noise from inside or outside the home.
Shut the Windows
Closing the window can help reduce the impact of a soundwave. While it may not be a good idea to blast your music with the windows shut, you could choose so if you don’t mind the inconvenience of the windows vibrating.
Seal the Doors
Use an acoustic sealant around the doors, to ensure it is entirely impermeable to anything, including sound wave.
Seal Cracks and Holes in the Wall
You could also reduce noise levels in the house by taking care of all the cracks and holes in the wall. Apart from pests, you could also be permitting all that unwanted noise into your living area. A little putty or seal over the area can quickly rectify the problem. You can find more in this link about making minor repairs to your troubled walls.
While you may be quick to shrug the idea of whether you should consider soundproofing in your home, you can’t eliminate the fact that there is a good chance you would find it useful after all.