How to Soundproof Your House
For most people, their homes are usually a source of peace and comfort in their lives. However, for quite a number of reasons, your house may not be peaceful thanks to all the noise from around.
Could be you have noisy neighbors, or perhaps you live near a busy street. Maybe it is your own kids that cause all the chaos. Whichever the case, one way to ensure your house is noise free is by soundproofing your house.
While going for a Modern house plans, most homeowners will not consider soundproofing as an important part of constructing their houses. However, for some of these soundproofing techniques, it is much easier to apply them during construction of the house.
Is soundproofing my house that important?
You are probably wondering if it is really necessary to soundproof your house. Most homeowners do not see the need to spend so much money just to block out the noise. If you work from home, then you probably have much more reason to soundproof your house.
I started soundproofing my house just to pass time. I am a huge fan of DIY projects and I, therefore, wanted to see how well I could handle such a project. However, once I had blocked out noise in one room, I was amazed by the results and I, therefore, went ahead to do the same for the whole house.
Here are a couple of reasons why you should soundproof your house:
- Block out noise from outside
One major reason why you should soundproof your house is to block out noise from outside. If you especially live in an apartment or near a busy street, you may want to tone down the amount of noise coming into your house. Noisy neighbors and cars honking in the middle of the night can disturb your much-needed sleep. With a few soundproofing tricks, you will be able to block out most of the noise.
- Keep sound from getting out
Another reason for soundproofing your home could be to keep sound from getting out. This is especially a problem for people who live in flats with their neighbors so close by. Soundproofing your home can give you some privacy by ensuring that whatever happens in your home stays within its walls.
Tips for soundproofing your house
One of the most important things to note when soundproofing your house is to understand where the noise comes from. In your home, the noise will travel through two ways; through the air and through the structures. Most people usually understand how noise will travel through the air and usually soundproof accordingly. However, noise through structures is much less understood.
If you are looking for simple and cheap soundproofing ideas, here are a couple of things you can do:
- Seal all the gaps
This is usually the number one rule when it comes to soundproofing. Any gaps and cracks within your house will serve as a passage for sound in and out of your house.
Often, gaps will be around doors, windows, floors, and ceilings. You can easily find some soundproof seal that you can use to close up all the gaps. If you are able to seal all of the gaps you will notice the huge difference once you are done.
You can use a variety of materials for this. Fiberglass, usually used for heat insulation is also a great material for sound absorbing.
- Soundproof the windows
Your windows are also another way through which noise gets into your house. One of the ways to soundproof your windows will be to use a seal all through the gaps in the window.
Alternatively, you can make your windows entirely soundproof by using double-paned windows. The extra material works great in absorbing noise from the outside. However, be sure to have these professionally fitted so as to not incur extra costs.
- Soundproof the doors
Unfortunately, most of the doors used nowadays are very poor when it comes to absorbing sound. This is because they are usually hollow on the inside.
You can decide to entirely replace the doors in your house with thick ones that are much better at soundproofing. However, be ready to spend a couple of dollars on this option.
If you are not ready to spend huge bucks on the doors, you can also decide to get soundproof blankets and hang them on the doors. The downside of this is that the blankets are usually not that good looking and will interfere with the home’s entire décor. Soundproof blankets can be a great option for rooms that you do not use often such as the laundry room.
- Work on the floors
One major way through which sound travels through the structures of your home is through the floors. If, for example, you live in an apartment building, your floor will definitely transmit noise from your downstairs neighbors.
Soundproofing your floors is quite easy. You can use fluff mats and rags which will absorb most of the sound. You can also decide to carpet your entire house if the noise through the floor is too big a problem.
Acoustic boards are also a great way of soundproofing the floors. These are simply boards made of sound-absorbing materials such as fiberglass. When placed underneath your carpet, they help in reducing the intensity of sound passing through.
- Use acoustic wall foams
These work in pretty much the same way as the acoustic boards. However, acoustic foams are used on the walls and ceilings in some cases.
The best thing about acoustic foams is that they are available in a variety of designs and shapes. You can, therefore, add some creativity to the projects and come up with unique ways of mixing and matching the patterns.
Acoustic foams are especially helpful if say, for example, you have a music studio or movie theater in your home and do not want to disturb the neighbors. Usually, the foams will reduce the amplitude of the sound and by so doing, reduce the amount of noise transferred through the walls.
- Get soundproofing curtains
Soundproofing curtains go a long way in eliminating the amount of sound that comes into your house as well as that which gets out.
These curtains are usually made of thick materials that are great at absorbing sound. To get the most out of them, it is best to get curtains that are able to fit from the ceiling all the way to the floor.
Soundproofing curtains pose one major challenge. Because they are so thick, they also block out the light. If you are looking to have some natural light get into the rooms, then they may not be the best option for you. However, they are especially great for using at night.
- Use some furniture
It goes without saying that sound will travel much easier in empty rooms. You can curb this by using thick furniture.
You can decide to place a large dresser, for example on the wall you share with your next door neighbor. Couches will also just work fine. The furniture will help in absorbing some of the sounds thereby reducing the intensity of the noise that gets into your home.
- Resort to white noise
If none of the above tips work for you, the cheapest way would be to use a white noise machine.
White noise can be especially soothing if you need to sleep and cannot do much about the noise. There are a variety of white noise machines available, so you are bound to find one that works just fine for you.
However, you do not have to get a white noise machine. Some appliances such as the fan produce white noise. Simply turn this on whenever you need some peace and let the soothing humming sound drown out all the other noises.
Soundproofing your house is very important especially if you live in a noisy neighborhood. Most people will dismiss soundproofing because of the costs involved. It, however, does not have to be an expensive project.
A few tricks here and there will have your peaceful and away from all the noise around it. Try some of these today and see how you will love the amazing results.