The home is a sanctuary where you (and your loved ones) can take refuge and relax. But it’s hard to relax when the walls are so thin, you can hear even the tiniest of sounds. There are many reasons why a home is prone to noise. These reasons may include thin or poor quality construction materials, open floor plans or hi-tech audio and video gears left turned on. The good news is, there are ways to cut down the noise in your home. Today, we are sharing various soundproofing tips and tricks for a peaceful, noiseless home:
Choose Quiet Appliances
It’s not uncommon for old, rickety appliances to produce a lot of noises. Desk fans, dishwashers, microwave ovens and washing machines are often noisy. They get worse after several years of use. And if the issue is severe, maybe it’s high time you get a quiet appliance. And while you’re at it, make it a point to choose quiet appliances at all times.
In addition, make sure your appliances are working properly. If you hear unusual vibrations, rattles or buzzing, have it checked by a professional. Make the necessary repairs to ensure safety.
Use Soft, Sound Absorbing Materials
Did you know hard materials amplify sound while soft materials absorb the noise? This is a good rule to remember when you want to control the sound in the home. You can install a variety of soft materials that can cut down the noise transference from certain parts of the room. We recommend using acoustic tiles and ceiling panels as well as drop ceiling systems. These materials will effectively cut off the sound!
Installing Sound-Blocking Materials on Doors
Did you know a solid-core door can minimize the transference of sound more effectively than a hollow-core door? Keep this in mind when you are in the process of constructing a house or remodeling a certain part of the home.
Most interior doors are made with hollow-core materials. Thus, they are not able to absorb noise effectively. Solid wood doors work better because the material is able to block sound. The solidness of the wood makes an effective barrier between noises.
Use Weather Strip Interior Doors
Sometimes the noise does not come through the door, the sound comes around the door. To make your door soundproof, use weather strips. Weather strips will seal the door, preventing noise from coming around the door. These strips will seal any gaps around the perimeter of the door.
Adding Internal Foam Insulation and Interior Panels on Garage Doors
Tired of hearing your garage door close and open with a startling bang? This is an issue if there is a room right next or above the garage. To minimize the noise, consider building an open interior framework and a sheet of plywood, steel, vinyl or aluminum on the outside of the door. If the garage door has to be replaced, consider getting one filled with foam insulation. This type of garage door can minimize sound and even keep outside noise from coming through the home.
Repairing Squeaky Floorboards
Squeaky floor boards generate bothersome noise when it’s nighttime and the house is quiet. To minimize the noise, make the necessary repairs. Check the stairs, floors for squeaks and fix it with a nail and a hammer.