If there is one thing we all share in common and can all agree upon, are that our homes are our sanctuaries. After a long hard day’s work the last thing you want to come home to is the sound of your neighbours operating power tools or loud music being blasted by the kids next door. Noise pollution can lead to lack of sleep and discomfort in the home, especially when you are looking forward to that sleep in on Sunday morning. Not only does sound proofing increase the quality of life it only increases the value of your home. Whether you are currently building or living in an established home here are some ways to soundproof your home to ensure you get the peace and quiet you deserve.
Sealing windows and doors
- Windows – look out for any cracks or gaps in the windowpanes between the glass and the frame and fill them with a simple silicone sealant that can be purchased from your local hardware store. If your windows are beyond repair or you are in the stages of choosing windows for your home then consider going with double glazed windows which not only block out more sound but also increase home insulation.
- Doors – installing weather strips on your door frames not only helps with insulation but it also prevents any noise pollution from seeping into your home. Replacing or purchasing a new door that is solid will reduce the amount of sound that is able to pass through. This can also include inspecting your garage door to ensure that all the weather seals are intact and that the garage door is in good condition.
Insulating your walls and ceilings
- Walls – insulation types including neoprene rubber, viscoelastic foam, and fibreglass can drastically reduce the amount of noise entering your home as well as reducing the strain on your heating/cooling systems. Do a quick inspection of your walls and lookout for any holes or cracks and simply fill them with caulk. If you are currently building your home then consider two layers of drywall as this can greatly reduce the amount of outside sound penetrating your home.
If you would like to take it one step further then you can even consider applying soundproof paint which can reduce outside noise by up to 30%.
- Ceilings – it is pretty much a given that installing insulation in your ceiling will help with soundproofing your home. Some insulation types to consider can include fibreglass, polyester acoustics, earth wool acoustics, and sound screens. There are also types of sound absorption ceilings that can include ceilings panels, acoustic tiles, and drop-ceiling systems.
Consult the professionals
When in doubt it is always a good idea to consult the professionals to ensure that you are going to get the best outcome possible for your home. If you are currently in the midst of building a new home or looking to soundproof an established home, contact Nu-Way Glass & Glazing and explore some of the options they have available to achieve peace and quiet in your home.