Excessive noise seems to follow us everywhere, even in our homes. While we may find some sounds to be pleasant, others can really get under our skins.
Whether it is the cute children playing joyfully in the yard or that infuriating neighbor playing music loudly in the late night, the noise can be so distracting.
On the other hand, you might be a recording artist or just dating a screamer… Whatever the case, you may find the need to keep the sounds to yourself.
A bit of ingenuity can offer you various solutions to help you maintain a serene environment by locking out, or in, undesired noises.
One method involves the use of mass loaded vinyl, a heavy sheeting that is impregnated with metal particles. It reduces the amplitude of the sound by creating sound blocking assemblies for new or old applications
When it comes to soundproofing your home, it all comes down to your budget and the amount of noise you would like to reduce.
Below are several other ways in which you can reduce the amount of noise seeping through to where you are.
Carpets and Doormats
Installing carpets and rugs, or even an insulation tile, can dampen the sounds coming into your home. Placing a mat underneath the door significantly reduces the gap between the door the floor, hence reducing the amount of noise seeping through. Though not highly effective, it is one of the cheapest and easiest to try out.
Headphones and Noise Insulators
A common thought that hits our mind when trying to figure out ways to block out noise is the use of headphones. Noise insulators from Apple stores are also gaining popularity on this front.
However, they are more suited for industrial sites as opposed to an ideal home.
Windows designed for sound reduction have an acrylic frame and double-paned. The latter can be installed on your existing windows and still be effective.
By installing an extra panel of glass, the air pocket created reduces the noise without altering the functionality of your window.
Still, on a DIY project, you can hang sound-dampening drapes, or insert window plugs upcycled from old soundproofing mats around normal window frames.
Soundproofing foam panels
Soundproofing foams such as Acoustic Panels made of polyether, polyester and, extruded melamine. The reduce the amplitude of sound waves by increasing air resistance
However, due to their chemical composition, the odor that they emit can cause uneasiness.
Noise Vibration Pads
Equipment that we use regularly e.g. washing machine, can be very noisy. Noise vibration pads when fitted between the appliances and the wall can help in preventing the rocking of the appliance which reduces the amount of noise.
In home improvement, soundproofing is an important part of interior decoration as any other. When choosing the most suitable method for your ideal home, it might be wise to consider materials that are aesthetically flexible.
Versatility is also key. A material that can be fitted to almost anything, from concrete to wood, and in any space, can be highly effective and economical.