Soundproofing a Home Increases Privacy and Comfort

Once you enter your home, you will be happy if you can have a quiet and peaceful time, which can be ensured if you pay attention to soundproofing the ceilings, walls and floors of your home. It is best if this is done at the time of construction, as it then becomes easy to add mass to the various building elements, which will then act to reduce the sound coming into your home.

In case you have missed this, or have bought a home that was already built, there are certain things that you can do, to reduce the noise coming into the home from outside. For starters you can ensure that your windows have heavy drapes which have the capacity to absorb sound. Carpets on the floors can deaden noise in the home. Ceilings may require some additions to be made to them, like false ceilings or insulation in attics. One small changed that you can make to windows, which can really make a great change to noise levels is to, is to convert them to double or triple glazing. They will greatly reduce noise from outside, and as a bonus, will be very effective in adding to the insulation in your home and reducing energy bills.

Walls are one structural part of a home that are conductors of noise and adding some mass to them can act as effective soundproofing. Mass loaded vinyl can be added behind drywall and will act to reflect sound. There are other foam mats that are also good for absorbing the sound, and can be installed easily in the cavity behind dry walls. Sound dampers are liquid products that can be added to drywalls and also serve to reduce the noise levels in a room.

Sound can also get into homes through the space between doors, and windows and their jambs, and this can be reduced by having proper seals, which will also be a big aid to insulation. Another material that is also quite commonly used to soundproof homes is acoustic tiles. These are made of sound absorbing material and come in convenient tiles that can be easily fixed to any existing ceiling or wall to help to soundproof any living space. One great advantage of these tiles is that many of them also allow for easy painting over them, so that once they are installed, they will be indistinguishable from other walls.

You will also notice that a home and rooms that are empty reflect sound and this reduces drastically as the room is filled up with furniture and furnishings. If you are looking to set up a recording studio or music room in your home, den or basement, you will need to pay attention to all parts of the enclosed space. You can go in for floating floors, false ceilings, double doors and glazing, and walls with the right soundproofing materials attached to them. Be careful that you pay attention to room sizes, as all these additions can lead to room sizes reducing.