Sound Insulation has become very popular as noise pollution becomes a growing problem in Australia, especially in the metropolitan cities and suburbs. It’s a very subtle thing that being exposed to noise over long periods of time can be detrimental to your health. You don’t even realize it at first but a slow pressure starts to build in your head due to noise and it only eases when everything is silent.
That’s a sign of you reeling under all that auditory input. Many Australians have started to become increasingly frustrated with constant noise. According to reports, there are over 2000 noise pollution complaints made to the police in New South Wales every week. While you can’t control the outside noise, you can prevent some of it from entering your home by insulating it. Here are some sound insulation tips:
Seal Cracks and Holes
You might think that cracks and holes don’t matter and in the grand scheme of things, they wouldn’t make much of a difference. Consider sound insulation a step-by-step process. If you follow all steps, you get excellent sound proofing and sealing cracks and holes is the first step. You need to be very thorough here and inspect your home carefully.
You can use caulk or flexible polyurethane to seal them. You should also seal gaps in doors and windows. Putty or expanding foam can be used to fill any holes through which wires enter your property. You’ll be amazed by how much noise is blocked by doing this.
Check Doors and Windows
If air can come in, sound can as well. You need to make sure that your doors and windows seal shut when they’re closed. You can do this by adding weather stripping to them. Use door and window seals to ensure that when they close, no noise from outside can come in.
Solid wood doors would keep out the noise better than foam/glass doors; if you can, add the former to your home. You can also install storm-windows with toughened glass and solid frames. The idea it to seal the entry points in your home to enhance sound insulation.
Thin walls can let in noise, no matter how well you seal the house. You can prevent this by insulating the walls carefully and thoroughly. This can be done by installing affordable insulation or fibreglass/polyester batts. Cellulose or blown-in insulation is also a good option. These solutions would filter out the noise but they will have to be expertly installed by a professional. Every 1% of the area not covered can result in 5% loss in sound insulation effectiveness.
One of the more logical solutions for effective sound insulation is to thicken your walls. You can do that by adding mass to them. Aside from insulation, you can add drywall, which would not only stop outdoor noise but also dim the noise coming from within the house.
If you follow all these steps, you can soundproof your home and keep the noise out. This will give you a lot of relief and let you catch some much needed rest in the peace and quiet of your well-insulated home.