Whether you’ve recently installed a home cinema, have noisy teenagers who play their music way too loud or simply don’t want to risk upsetting neighbours with general family life, then you might worry about how loud the noise is coming from your home more regularly than usual. After all, the interiors of plenty of modern homes are built using pre-fabricated boards and other cheap materials that don’t always function as well as solid brickwork or concrete. Plus, it’s always good to keep relations with neighbours as friendly as possible. So what’s the solution?
Well, many home-owners these days are opting to soundproof their home (or even just certain rooms) in an effort to reduce sound pollution in the immediate vicinity of their property. There are plenty of ways you can do this, and not all of them expensive – why not check out what’s on offer in the soundproofing market below with our handy guide.
- Compound Walls – these ‘compound walls’ are applied by caulking and laminating the panelling to existing walls. They are made of just a thin layer (so you don’t lose space in the room) but convert sound to heat energy, thus absorbing any noise that passes through them.
- Double / Triple Glazing – this may sound obvious, but upgrading old single-pane sash windows can be a great start to improving your home’s ability to insulate sound pollution.
- Double-Walls and Drop-Down Ceilings – here an extra wall or ceiling frame is quite anchored to the existing wall, but with a small gap or empty space left in between which traps sound waves and allows them to dissolve before reaching the next room. These can be painted or covered with panelling afterward, but do take up a fair bit of space – reducing the overall size of the room in the process.
- Acoustic Panels – as seen in most sound recording studios, acoustic panels are made up of fibrous padding that absorbs sound as it travels through any surface – so can be attached to either a wall or a ceiling. These do take up a fair bit of space, but come in a range of styles – and can even be put in the ‘extra space’ between a double-wall or drop-down ceiling!
- Carpeting / Soundproofing Mats – finally, why not think about laying high-quality carpeting or soundproofing mats on the upper floors in an effort to curb sound pollution below stairs? Like double-glazing, it sounds like an obvious tip, but heavy-duty rugs and fibrous carpets can work wonders on improving the sound diffusion within a home.
Although some of these soundproofing methods can be fitted by home-owners, the work is delicate and often involves ripping apart at least some portion of your home – so with that in mind it’s always advisable to hire a flooring specialist or sound technician to carry out the work for you instead. As long as you shop around for a good deal you should be able to find a decent, fully qualified contractor who can fit the soundproofing in just a matter of days – leaving you to enjoy your home as noisily as you would prefer!