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Soundproof Flooring Materials: Which are the Best? (STC & IIC Compared)

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Sometimes you just wish that upstairs neighbor of yours isn’t so darn loud!

As if a stampede of elephants has just run through the house! Even the TV sounds as if it’s right there in your room, and you don’t even have one. For all those of you who got seriously tired of all the echoes and loud sounds, I have prepared this guide on best soundproof flooring materials.

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7 Best Sound Absorbing Materials to Improve the Acoustics in Your Room

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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.

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Soundproofing and Sound Absorption: What’s the Difference?

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Recently, especially since I have started this blog, more and more people come to me asking for an advice. In this manner, I get a lot of questions about soundproofing and sound absorption, what is best to apply, how it can be done, but mostly regarding the difference between the two of them.

I understand that it can be confusing but there is a major difference between soundproofing and sound absorption.

Usually, when people have a problem with unwanted noise, they want the sound that is being made inside the room to keep it in the room or they want to prevent the sound from entering the room. This is commonly known as soundproofing.

On the other hand, people may want to reduce the echoing or reverberation of the sound within the room. Namely, they are looking for an installation of sound absorption.

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Bathtub Drain Gurgles when Toilet is Flushed: Noise Removal Guide

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A co-worker of mine recently approached me complaining about a noise problem in her bathroom. Apparently, her bathtub drain makes a very annoying gurgling noise every time she flushes the toilet.

My co-worker came to the right person, but as knowledgeable as I am when it comes to fixing noise problems similar to this one, I wasn’t so sure what the cause of this problem might be and how she can fix it.

I had never come across this exact type of problem before. To my surprise, once I’d done some research, I realized the problems and solutions are similar to when your sink gurgles.

I wanted to share this knowledge with you and help you overcome this problem easily and without too much unnecessary work or money-spending.

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Sink Gurgles When Toilet Flushes: Noise Removal Guide

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Anyone who’s ever had a problem with gurgling drains will tell you to try and fix them right away and there is a very good reason behind that.

It’s very important that you know that gurgling drains can be a strong indicator of a larger plumbing problem, which is why you should investigate your plumbing system and solve this as soon as possible.

Whether you’re having trouble with the gurgling noise from your bathtub drain, toilet, or sink, don’t let it continue for too long, because there are practical solutions for all of these problems.

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How to Reduce Airplane Noise in Home

How to Reduce Airplane Noise in Home

I enjoy living in the suburbs. Besides more space, privacy and a peaceful life I can build with my family, privileges of living in the city center are still available and just a car ride from my home.

However, living in suburbs has its downsides too. It’s well familiar that “less crowded space” is not only good for families, but also for the aircraft industry and their tendency to position airports in open-space locations.

This directly affects all homeowners living near the flight path due to their exposure to the airplane noise, which was proven to be connected with series of health problems, including sleep disturbance, hearing impairment and heart disease.

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Train Noise Reduction: 4 Ways to Block Railway Noise at Home

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You finally managed to find that house or apartment you were looking for, being perfect in any sense.

You and your family moved in and everything was just as you imagined. But then it happened – the truth hit you.

Although you had been informed about a train noise, you took it for granted, assuming that it wouldn’t be that much of a problem. Yes, you have a great home now, and yes, the horns and whistles of a train are unbearable.

Although the noise pollution can be a more significant trouble in an urban area, it is always a problem how to deal with the train noise at home when you live near a railroad track, whether in a suburban area or a center of a city.

Noises such as train horn and whistle, although sounded with purpose, could be reduced by certain soundproofing methods to achieve both short-term and permanent solution.

Those who are looking for a noise reduction solution should be aware that it might be needed to employ more than one method if the disquieting noise is immensely loud.

Having in mind all these facts and inconveniences, should you consider selling your dream house and giving up on your home? But why would you do that when you could use some of the following soundproofing solutions and still enjoy your home?

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Gym Noise Reduction: Echos, Soundproofing and Quiet Weight Lifting Tips

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Regular exercising matters a lot. It’s an excellent stress reliever and a perfect way to stay in a good shape. However, even in while working out, we cannot escape the noise.

Whether it’s a home gym or a huge sports centre where we exercise, there are lots of sounds. Loud music, a noise coming from the machines, sounds coming from people exercising, you name it.

As you know, I always do my best to come up with various tips on soundproofing our surroundings, so I did some research on this subject as well.

So, let’s find out where does the noise come from and what are the best ways to manage gym noise reduction.

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Car Undercoating Soundproofing: Does It Reduce Noise?

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Each one of us spends a significant part of the day in our vehicle. Normally we try to exclude all the noise that comes along, but there are days when it’s simply more nerve-wracking than usual. We try to think of as many ways as possible to deal with it without spending a fortune.

Have you heard of car undercoating? Some people swear that it’s the best thing to fix the unwanted sounds issue. Let’s see what it is and how does it work. Perhaps this could be a solution to your problems.

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How to Fix Squeaky Hardwood Floors (From Above & Below)

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If you live in an older house, you’ll probably come across the problem of a squeaky floor.

Sure, vintage houses are unique and, in a way, charming, but problems like this make it difficult to enjoy the time you spend in them. You don’t want to feel like you’re living in a haunted house.

My friend used to put up with her squeaky floors for years just because she had no idea that it’s incredibly easy to solve this and that she can do it all on her own. She thought that she would need to hire a professional and spend tons of money just because she was not well informed.

Luckily, I am here to show you how to fix your squeaky hardwood floor and let you know that it’s rather easy. In fact, there is a number of different ways to fix your floors and you don’t even have to be a professional to do it.

You won’t need to spend a lot of money and time – the entire fixing process usually doesn’t last longer than ten minutes.

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