If you live in a busy area with plenty of traffic passing by, or next to a pedestrian street that is always filled with people, you’re probably not too thrilled that you have to put up with all of that noise.
Perhaps you’re woken up every single morning by the annoying sound of your neighbor mowing the lawn really loudly when you just want to get some sleep, or you live next to a construction site or a playground.
Whatever your problem may be, I am probably right in guessing that the idea of soundproofing your living space has crossed your mind at least once.
No matter what you’re planning to soundproof, it is always very useful to know at least the approximate STC rating for different kinds of materials before you decide on the type of material you will use.Continue reading
A few years ago, my teenager son and his friends decided to start a band. Somehow, without my consent, it was decided that my garage would be the band practice location.
Of course, I was not amused by all the noise that got out of the garage and into other rooms in the house. The fact that my home office was located right next to the garage only made it worse for me.
I could not get any work done as long as the band was practicing, which was every other day, for two hours after school!
I set about soundproofing the rooms and I was impressed by the amount of noise reduction I was able to achieve. I, however, noticed that occasionally, some noise from the garage would get into the house through the windows.
It was then that I decided to soundproof my windows…Continue reading
Noise is an inevitable part of our lives. It’s everywhere around us. That’s why we try to think of as many solutions as possible to control the sound level in our homes.
If you have been with me reading my various tips on soundproofing, you have seen that practically every part of your house can be treated for soundproofing. Doors, windows, machines etc, whatever comes to your mind, you can make it sound more silent.
Here I shall tell you more about noise blocking window film. You will find out what it is and how it works. Moreover, I have found some interesting scientific discoveries on this subject to share with you.Continue reading
How many times were you annoyed by a too loud laptop fan making noise? Have you ever heard your laptop all the sudden go unbearably loud? Well, this can occur to anyone, no matter how old your machine is.
There can be a lot of reasons causing this problem, but in most of the cases they are all easily solvable and will not take much effort to deal with.
Of course, there are sometimes when the noise can’t be handled due to the laptop’s age. Some parts simply get loose and worn out. Either you can change them, or buy a new laptop. However, before tossing your old laptop to trash, there are some things that you might try in order to reduce the noise of its fan.
Nevertheless, you can use these tactics as well to improve your newer laptop and decrease/prevent the potential noise.
Let’s check out some of the most effective ways of dealing with the annoying buzz of your laptop fan.Continue reading
These days a lot of people have the need to install sound absorption products whether in their house or office or somewhere else. They keep asking me what materials are the most effective for certain situation, and how can you distinguish them.
But why is all of this insignificant? Why would you ever need this?
First of all, the installation of sound absorbing product can contribute to suitable acoustic environment within a space, which is, you could agree, an enjoyable place to be in.
Also, sound absorption is a desirable, or even necessary, solution for schools, sports halls, recording studios, lecture auditoriums, theatres, cinemas, or concert venues.
Therefore, you can find sound absorption anywhere. Since they are so widely used, you should know what types of materials are there and how you can distinguish them.Continue reading
Now, the most important question that drives us to some specific methods of soundproofing is: how much will it cost?
In this article, we will try to give you some insights of the soundproofing prices and what every particular method will roughly cost.
Of course, prices differ, and therefore, we will give some average needed for soundproofing a room with a certain method.
All of the methods that we are about to mention are quite affordable and you will not have to spend a fortune on it. After reading, hopefully, you will have a better insight on how to soundproof your room effectively and not spend too much cash on it.
Let’s start with some of the most popular methods of soundproofing a room.Continue reading
If you have some problems with noise in your apartment, you have probably started to look for some solutions a long time ago.
There has been a lot of words lately about methods that are very cheap, very easy to install, and also pleasing to an eye.
These methods are soundproof paint and soundproof wallpapers.
But does soundproof wallpaper really work, and if it does – how?
I have been wondering the same for a long time. I always wanted to be able to soundproof my apartment and keep it beautiful and modern. But I wasn’t so sure if that would be the waste of time and money (and my nerves and eardrums), or it would really bear some fruit.
For that reason, I gave myself a mission to find this out, and bust the myth.
For all those of you who are wandering the same, I have made a note about what I have found, and I hope that you will find it helpful.Continue reading
Peace is priceless. Once you lose it, you start understanding its value.
One of the most annoying things that can disrupt the peace in your apartment is outdoor noise, right?
Whether you are a light sleeper, working from home, or you have a baby that needs a lot of undisturbed naps, the noise can sometimes cause some serious problems.
Believe it or not, I’ve lost my job as a home-based teacher due to some uncanny noise.
Basically, that was the breaking point when I started looking for a solution this, on the first look, trivial problem.
I’ve read a lot about it, consulted with my colleagues’ architects, and finally made a list of possible solutions. Now, I hope that this knowledge that I gathered will serve not only me but you as well.
Therefore, here, you can find some of the best ways to soundproof a room in an apartment.Continue reading
Are you getting a lot of outdoor noise coming from the street? You are probably wondering if there’s anything that you could do.
A few years ago, since my house is located close to the firework factory, I had some terrible noises. They were testing fireworks all the time, and it sounded like a bomb falling just inside my yard. We complained a lot, and even went to the court about this matter, and since the case was dismissed, we had to look for an alternative.
So, we searched for a solution and then we bumped onto soundproof fences. Since our house is positioned on a small hill, these fences did the job just fine. If we were in the valley, they would perform even better.
However, if you suffer from, God forbid, some similar noise problem, then I might have a solution for you.Continue reading
The importance of realizing what is the difference between interior and exterior door is huge, especially for soundproofing purposes.
Unlike exterior doors that are built of solid wood, interior doors usually have a hollow core. With that said, it’s easy to conclude that exterior doors are quite heavier, massive, while interior ones are frankly lighter.
This reflects into interior doors soundproofing power. They are a lot easier for the noise to pass through, unlike exterior doors.
Therefore, they require a bit more soundproofing.
I had interior doors all over my first apartment, and it was highly noisy. You could hear anyone without any problems behind those doors like there were no doors at all. So, I have found out about a couple of solutions.
Of course, changing doors is somewhat expensive, so soundproofing is a great alternative. In this article, I will explain basics of soundproofing interior doors, and hopefully help you solve your problem in the most effective way.
So, let’s get to the point.Continue reading