Whether it’s the constant chatter of children playing outside, loud music by annoying neighbors or noisy cars hooting endlessly along a nearby highway; loud noises are a pain in the neck and are downright irritating. However, that’s where soundproofing comes in; it helps us get that much needed quiet to get some work done, cuddle in with your favorite book or simply that precious privacy accompanied with the pleasant sound of nothingness.
Methods to soundproofing
There are basically two approaches to sound proofing; the first of which is cutting down on those pesky sources of noise in and around your home and the second involves making your home immune to outside disturbances.
Dealing with noisemakers in your home
Almost anything that produces sound other than what you want to hear falls under this category. This group encompasses noise made by dishwashers, blenders and other household appliances and, not surprisingly, kids.
Replace household appliances with newer and improved versions; this shouldn’t be too hard a thing to do as manufacturers have greatly prioritized making trusty household aids effective yet quieter than the grave. Unfortunately, the same isn’t the case with kids. Though we’d love to, we can’t exchange them for better and improved versions; however, with a little showing of the hand, they’re sure to fall in line.
Building a fortress of your home
Before you can embark on the process of soundproofing, you first of all need to understand the science behind noise itself. Sound is a form of energy that is given out by objects when they vibrate. This energy then travels through a medium, mostly air, to sensitive membranes in our ears and that’s how we perceive sound.
Therefore, to keep unwanted sound to a minimum, we simply need to get rid of or limit the medium of travel. In a nutshell, you need to airproof your home; you might need to get ready for some remodeling. Here are a few pointers on perfecting the delicate art of air proofing:
Open windows and doors are a no no
Eliminate direct air pathways into the house by shutting windows, doors and basically any opening into the outside. It is of paramount importance that window seals fit your windows to a tee otherwise there will be air leakages and thereby noise.
Double glazed windows are especially effective at air proofing but they have to be made of the right material as is outlined below.
Use rubbery materials or dead walls for your walls and ceilings
In solids, it’s transmitted from one point to another through vibrations. Sound travels through anything in its path from wood, concrete to glass; it’s virtually unstoppable. However, rubber and acoustically dead wall are its main undoing. Rubber has good energy absorption capabilities and therefore, noise from the outside can’t
A dead wall also makes excellent wall material as, because of its damping properties, doesn’t allow vibrations from noise to sip to the inside leaving the room silent even in the fiercest of storms.
Double doors do the trick too
This involves using double walls or doors incorporating lead or heavy concrete with considerable air gaps in between. This is rather an expensive way to sound proof your home, however; the pin drop silence proves a worthy reward.
How much does it cost?
The cost of sound proofing a room varies greatly depending on the size of the room itself, materials used, tools needed and simplicity of the job just to mention a few of the many factors that have to be factored in. All things considered, the average figure currently stands at about $ 1,635. However, if you are low on cash, you can manage to compromise on a few things to bring that price down by up to a thousand dollars.