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How to Completely Soundproof Your House

Jun 24th 2014 at 7:50 AM

With the high level of cramping in modern city side residences along with the increased number of vehicles on roads, pollution is at an all time high. And we’re not just talking about the carbon levels in the air, as there is another type of pollution that people are complaining about these days; noise. You may not know this, but the level of noise pollution within a residence is also a determining factor of a property’s value nowadays.

As a result, many people have taken up to soundproofing their homes using cheap insulation panels to save a few bucks. Unfortunately, most of them fail to do a good job at installation, mostly due to a lack of experience and knowledge. While we cannot compensate for the former, we can try to guide our prospective DIY installers on how to do a respectable soundproofing job.

Floor Insulation

If you have ever lived in an apartment building, there’s a high chance you have had the downstairs neighbors complain of ruckus every now and then. This is where floor or apartment soundproofing can help you out; installing a handy sheet of rock wool between the floor joists will dampen the sound, though it won’t completely block it. You may also choose to spray a layer of cellulose between the joists, which will do a better job at sound blocking.

Windows

Soundproof windows are perhaps the most expensive part of the process, and are generally found only in high end recording and interrogation rooms. Contrary to what you may think, there’s no such thing as ‘a layer of soundproof windows’, as these windows are constructed with two layers that are separated by a thin layer of vacuum. This vacuum, devoid of air, prevents any vibrations and waves from passing through (similar to outer space, where sound cannot travel due to lack of air molecules). The soundproofing can be further enhanced by heavy sealing or adding drapes but in most cases, it isn’t really necessary.

Walls

And finally, the most important part of the home insulation process is the walls. This gets pretty tricky as there are just too many ways to handle it. The most commonly used method is referred to as the double frame, and actually involves building a new frame within the frame of the room. The space between the double layers creates an air bubble that efficiently blocks all incoming sound waves from entering the room. The other method that people use is to line the walls with a sound absorbing material, such as soft foam or ‘egg crate’. This helps absorbs all incoming and outgoing vibrations, turning them into heat energy.

 

Perhaps you can choose to go all out with a combination of both the methods stated above and even replace the air bubble with a layer of sheet rock. The main problem in choosing a specific method is that the effectiveness is largely dependent on the house’s structure. Your best bet is to hire a professional soundproofing expert such as Sound Rite Acoustics for your apartment soundproofing needs.

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How to Completely Soundproof Your House

Jul 8th 2014 at 2:25 AM

With the high level of cramping in modern city side residences along with the increased number of vehicles on roads, pollution is at an all time high. And we’re not just talking about the carbon levels in the air, as there is another type of pollution that people are complaining about these days; noise. You may not know this, but the level of noise pollution within a residence is also a determining factor of a property’s value nowadays.

As a result, many people have taken up to soundproofing their homes using cheap insulation panels to save a few bucks. Unfortunately, most of them fail to do a good job at installation, mostly due to a lack of experience and knowledge. While we cannot compensate for the former, we can try to guide our prospective DIY installers on how to do a respectable soundproofing job.

Floor Insulation

If you have ever lived in an apartment building, there’s a high chance you have had the downstairs neighbors complain of ruckus every now and then. This is where floor or apartment soundproofing can help you out; installing a handy sheet of rock wool between the floor joists will dampen the sound, though it won’t completely block it. You may also choose to spray a layer of cellulose between the joists, which will do a better job at sound blocking.

Windows

Soundproof windows are perhaps the most expensive part of the process, and are generally found only in high end recording and interrogation rooms. Contrary to what you may think, there’s no such thing as ‘a layer of soundproof windows’, as these windows are constructed with two layers that are separated by a thin layer of vacuum. This vacuum, devoid of air, prevents any vibrations and waves from passing through (similar to outer space, where sound cannot travel due to lack of air molecules). The soundproofing can be further enhanced by heavy sealing or adding drapes but in most cases, it isn’t really necessary.

Walls

And finally, the most important part of the home insulation process is the walls. This gets pretty tricky as there are just too many ways to handle it. The most commonly used method is referred to as the double frame, and actually involves building a new frame within the frame of the room. The space between the double layers creates an air bubble that efficiently blocks all incoming sound waves from entering the room. The other method that people use is to line the walls with a sound absorbing material, such as soft foam or ‘egg crate’. This helps absorbs all incoming and outgoing vibrations, turning them into heat energy.

 

Perhaps you can choose to go all out with a combination of both the methods stated above and even replace the air bubble with a layer of sheet rock. The main problem in choosing a specific method is that the effectiveness is largely dependent on the house’s structure. Your best bet is to hire a professional soundproofing expert such as Sound Rite Acoustics for your apartment soundproofing needs.

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