Finding a completely soundproof room seems pretty impossible. Face it- no matter what you do, there’s always going to be someone there to distract you when you’re trying to work. And if you strain your hearing just right, you know that eventually you’ll hear someone in the next room being obnoxious while you’re trying to work, or the television will come on a keep you from having the complete focus that you’re really going to want when you’re trying to get your most important work on.
Luckily for you, there are many different tactics that can help you stop the sound waves that are causing your problem so that you can get the rest, sleep, or containment that you need for all of of your soundproofing needs. First, however, it’s important to address the root of the problem. We need to find out how sound actually works to figure out how to stop it.
Addressing the Issue of “Sound Proofing”
Sound is created by sound waves that vibrate through various levels of materials until they reach the ear, and their specific frequency brings us sound. This means any sound in your home could travel a great distance. And if it’s loud sound, the waves travel faster, longer, and louder. If you’re building your walls with typical formatting- simply applying marginally effective drywall, drywall compound, nails and wood to block sound, you aren’t considering the whole problem.
When sound hits structural framework that’s filled with air, it simply carries on through it, because the waves aren’t dampened by obstacles that affect the sound. Even when there’s only a small surface for sound to travel- like a poorly made door or window- the sound simply travels through unimpeded. If you aren’t making an effort to keep your house quiet, these approaches are never going to work.
So, How Do You Get The Soundproofing You Need?
It’s important to consider simply cutting nose to reduce sound, and without addressing the root of the sound problem, cutting sound refers to employing various surfaces that work to absorb sound vibrations in structures or even single rooms so that sound is either trapped in or forced out (because the waves can’t transfer to the other side).
It is Difficult to get the Sound Proofing You Need, But There are Ways to Reduce Sound
Sound Absorbing Materials (Acoustic Insulation)
One of the easiest ways to begin soundproofing is by using insulation- namely aerolite insulation- to keep sound out of a room. Aerolite insulation not only has high R-values for insulation purposes, the way that it’s designed allows it to greatly dampen noise. In fact, AEROLITE as well as ISOTHERM Thermal Ceiling Insulation is also effective, it’s usually used in places like recording studios or office boardrooms so that information and sound stays in.
Typically speaking, applying insulation like Aerolite or Isotherm Acoustic and Ceiling and roof insulation to your walls will reduce sound dramatically from sources like a television all by itself, plus it’s fireproof, odorless, and works well with what you’ve already installed in your home, and it’s perfectly safe for you and your pets, and completely inedible to distract pests. Typically, aerolite even resists mold and other micro-organisms to keep you allergen free and last for years.
Sound Blocking Doors
It’s easy to forget how important a quality door is- but when you consider that a large portion of your wall space is inevitably taken up with a large gap, it becomes more obvious that you should invest in products that block sound through this gap. If you’ve hastily or unprofessionally installed a door, there’s a good chance there’s a large gap underneath the door that allows sound through. Even if you get the right size, sometimes you still have problems, because most interior doors that you purchase will be hollow on the inside.
The best solution to this problem is to buy a solid core door, or a door that contains several wood blocks to help keep the sound out. Any of the other popular options (particleboard, composite core, or even solid wood works much better than hollow doors, but they’re obviously more expensive- and you should even consider these factors when looking at other doors- like your garage doors or sliding doors.
Installing Dampening Carpet
Another consideration that people forget is their carpet. Sound waves travel everywhere, and if you have poor quality or old carpeting, sound is traveling through your floors to other rooms of your house. The only way to prevent this is to either purchase new carpet with high densities to keep sound out, or invest in thicker foam padding in the floor. There are also specially designed products that are built to insulate against sound, like acoustic ceiling panels that direct sound back down towards the floor to be absorbed by your new soundproof carpet.
Sound Proofing Your Windows
It might sound a little excessive, but you would be amazed how much sound double glazed windows block. It’s really not that complicated after you think about it- sound has a harder time traveling through glazed windows, and a doubly hard time through double glazed windows. Not only would this approach reduce sound, it also cuts your electricity bills by about $500 a month, on just one window (to put the importance of proper windows and good seals into perspective).
Don’t Get Frustrated by Your Progress!
It might seem expensive or difficult to put these different actions into place, but you would be amazed exactly how much you save on your previous bills annually. Realistically, these purchases eventually pay for themselves in savings, and improve the value of your home dramatically over time. Read moer on sound proofing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soundproofing