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How to soundproof your house
Unless you live deep in the countryside, chances are that you experience some form of noise pollution at home. Maybe it’s traffic, pedestrians, aeroplanes, trains, noisy neighbours, the pub down the road or even animals – either way, none of these sounds are conducive to a relaxing evening or a good night’s sleep.
If you’re looking for some ways to shut out noisy nuisances, here are some great methods of doing exactly this.
Install sound-blocking doors
One of the most effective ways to stop noise moving from one room to another and keeping unwanted sounds out is to install sound-blocking doors. You can visit this website for more information: http://www.hometips.com/buying-guides/sound-blocking-doors.html
Chances are that any interior doors you already have are made from a hollow core construction and are therefore ineffective at blocking out noise. Advice from the National Wood Window & Door Association states:
“Any one of the particleboard-core, composite-core or solid-wood doors would work much better at providing a sound barrier than a hollow-core door.”
Weather-strip your doors
You can sound-proof your doors further by weather-stripping them as this acts as a seal and therefore stops any sound entering from around them. Typically, the easiest and best material to use for this is an adhesive-backed high-density foam tape.
Shutters not only look great, they’re also fantastic at shutting out any outdoor noise and offer far more protection than blinds or curtains. They also have the added benefit of allowing you to control the amount of light you want to let it and they also enable you to enjoy greater privacy.
If your windows aren’t already double glazed then this could be why you’re subjected to so much outdoor noise. Double glazing is very effective at shutting out noises and it’s also great for keeping your house warmer during the winter months.
Seal up any holes and cracks
Believe it or not, noise can infiltrate through even the smallest of gaps and the bad news is that this can negate any other sound-proofing measures you have implemented. Go around your house and be extremely thorough in checking for any holes and cracks and fill them in. Don’t forget to check around windows and doors as well because a lot of sound often comes in from these areas. For top DIY tips on how to fill in holes follow this link: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/mar/01/diy.homes4
Add caps to chimneys
If you live in a particularly busy or noisy area, a lot of noise could be coming in through your chimney. You can add a cap to your chimney to stop noise and cold air coming into your house and you can also replace any open turbine roof vents with more heavily constructed varieties.
Insulate your walls and loft
It’s well worth adding extra insulation to your loft and walls if you’re affected by noise pollution. Loft insulation is particularly helpful if you live near an airport and are often subjected to the sound of planes taking off and landing. Even without the aircraft noise however, loft insulation can generally help to reduce the amount of noise that comes in from outside.
Wall insulation is great at eliminating noises coming from other rooms in your house. For example, if people go to bed at different times then it can block out the sound of the television or people talking. Wall insulation is also great for those who live in flats or houses that share a wall with the property next door.