How You Can Better Soundproof Your Home
Mar 22, 2022
Our homes are meant to be our reprieve from the outside world, offering us a safe place to relax and unwind. But when the sounds from the outside world start creeping in it can be hard to get the peace and quiet that we deserve.
Through our windows, walls, doors, ceilings and floors, soundwaves can enter our home and have a huge impact on our quality of life. While some homes are designed to absorb sound, many older homes lack the features necessary to do so.
If you’re wondering how you can better soundproof your home, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll explore some of the most effective ways to absorb sound in your home and make it a quieter, more comfortable place for all.
Fix holes or cracks in the walls
If your home has any holes or cracks in its walls, specifically around the window frames, electrical sockets and ventilation grates, this could be a source of outside noise. You can fix small holes or cracks quickly and easily yourself with caulk, but if there’s more substantial harm to be found then you should try and find a professional tradesman to deal with drywall or plaster damage.
Insulation in the walls and ceilings
Having properly insulated walls and ceilings not only helps keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but can offer soundproofing benefits as well. While standard thermal insulation batts help, acoustic batts are specifically designed for soundproof purposes.
This is because of their extremely high density, which is perfect for absorbing sound. Acoustic batts are generally made from glasswool or polyester fibres, and are ideal for not only keeping outside noises out but also decreasing the sound that travels within the home from room to room.
Acoustic cladding is another way to further soundproof your home, reducing the noise you experience and enhancing its aesthetics at the same time. Cladding is a material that functions like the skin of a building, sitting on the outside of it and improving its functionality and appearance.
Acoustic cladding is any type of external cladding that has sound reducing abilities, and includes materials such as stone, aluminium and timber. If you live near a particularly noisy area, such as a train station or main road, the combination of insulation and cladding will be your best shot at reducing the outside noise that travels into your home.
If your front door and the doors throughout your home are hollow, you might want to consider investing in solid doors instead. This will greatly reduce the amount of sound that travels through them, as well as being stronger, sturdier and harder to break. They also offer better insulation, helping lower your energy bills and keep a greener home too.
Double-glazed windows include glass that consists of two panes that are separated by a space in between designed to lower both heat and noise transferring through them. The thickness of the glass, the size of the gap between the panes and how expertly the windows are fitted will all contribute to how much noise the windows reduce, so make sure you look into all of these factors before deciding on which company and design to go with.
Double-glazed windows should always be framed with UPVC frames, due to their superior sealing abilities when compared to both wood and aluminium frames. There’s no point investing in double-glazed windows if you’re not going to frame them correctly, so make sure you do your homework.
While we mentioned caulk earlier for covering cracks or holes in stationary areas of your home, weatherstripping can be used to seal up moving components of your home such as doors and windows to prevent air from seeping in. This again offers both thermal and sound insulation, and offers an affordable and easy way to do so when compared to some of the more drastic measures we’ve spoken about.
However, you need to make sure that the strip you’ve chosen is suited to the area you want to place it on. Strips placed on your windows will need to accommodate whichever way the planes slide and strips on the bottom of your door will need to avoid dragging on the carpet. As long as you do this, they’ll be able to provide some added soundproofing to your home without impacting the functionality of your doors and windows.