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DIY Tips to making your home soundproof

DIY Tips to making your home soundproof

There are ways you can prevent noise from getting into your home and at the same time, you can prevent noise from spilling over to your neighbors from your home. This is by soundproofing your home. The following DIY tips will help you to do soundproofing without using the need to consult a professional.

Sound proofing for outside noise

Outside noise can make it difficult for you to enjoy your home surroundings. Noise can get in through cracks, gaps and light building materials. The first thing you need to do is to find out how the noise is getting into the room. When it is quiet in the house, listen from where the noise is getting in. Check the door, windows, floors, walls and the ceiling and listen for noise. Seal the holes and cracks on windows and doors by the use of latex caulk or polyurethane. On the areas where pipes and wires enter the house, apply high-density polyester absorber or putty and then seal using fire rated sealant and acoustic.

For the windows, use double-glazing. Fit your existing windows with seals that are acoustically rated before fitting the double glazed windows. Rooms such as bedrooms and study are sound sensitive and should be placed next to each other. Avoid having the plumbing and waste pipes on these areas. If present, soundproof them with pipe lagging material that is acoustically rated. Fencing your home with trees and hedges can help to reduce the noise from traffic and neighbors.

Sound proofing for inside noise

Sound from one room of the house to the other can be distracting. You can sound proof the house to maintain silence. You can start by insulating the ceiling using polyester batts. The ceiling can also serve as an insulator for heat and cold as well. For rooms that are likely to emit a lot of noise such as the media room or a teenager’s room, you can use wall carpet, ceiling baffles and soundproof tiles to block the noise from getting to other parts of the house. The study can have a heavy solid core door instead of having a hollow core door. You can also use door seals that are acoustically rated. This will ensure that less noise is filtered into the room, especially if you are working from home or children are doing their homework from the study.

Floors, especially those of timber or tiles are noisy. To reduce the amount of noise, use carpets or rugs on the floor and curtains on the windows. Furniture such as sofas or beds are good at breaking the sound waves and therefore, reducing the noise from the room. If your home has another floor, use a carpet that has an underlay that is acoustically rated in the upper room. This will reduce the noise coming from the room to the lower rooms while it will also add warmth, decorate the room and keep your feet comfortable. Ensure that the ceiling on the floor below is acoustic suspended to reduce noise.

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