You already know a home MUST be comfortable, if it is to be called a home. There is nothing like staying in a home with real comfort. Nobody can feel a sense of comfort, if neighbours are yapping, partying, or quarrelling all the time; and making disruptive or rowdy noises, not to mention the feeling of irritation or helplessness from honking cars, and other uncontrollable sources when, in fact, you actually need everyone and everything to stay quiet.
Some, if not most, of us have been there. I have, so I know the feeling. So, if this is you now, then it is time to do something about it. That’s why you are reading this, right? Of course!
Studies have shown that an estimated 3 million Americans are exposed to hazardous noise at work. You shouldn’t suffer the same fate at home too. It should always be much lower than the 75-decibel recommended by the EPA during an eight-hour period.
However, the thought of moving to a new location must have crossed your mind. Notwithstanding, you stayed, probably because there is no guarantee that the new location is going to be different–not for long, anyway. There are people living there too. Besides, it could be very expensive and stressful to move to a new place. Or you simply can’t, for other more compelling reasons.
You should go for another less expensive, effective, and faster alternative: soundproofing your home. How do you do that? Well, I will be discussing 5 best ways to soundproofing your home. It won’t take more than a day or two, at most, to get it all set up, especially when you get help. With no further ado, here are the 5 best ways you can do it–how to soundproof your home:
Soundproof the Doors
First things first, your attention should be focused on your doors, especially the main ones in your house or apartment. You don’t have to get new doors just to do it. Actually, you can, if you want to. But you probably won’t because it is expensive. Instead, here are some ways to soundproof the doorway.
What about the use of sealants to fill in the gaps on the side of your doors? This sounds about right for everyone. Don’t worry, it’s not going to look ugly if you do it right. And it will work effectively when the doors are shut. Noise won’t get through it and make your life miserable in your own house!
What is left is to find a suitable sealant. It is not difficult either. A vinyl or neoprene strips will suffice. You can shop for this on Amazon. There are quite a variety of gaps and cracks insulating foam sealants. You can buy a good one if you read the reviews or ask around. Also, you can add door sweeps to your arsenal. This is going to work just as you want it to.
Soundproof the Windows
Up next are your windows: you should seal the window properly. Don’t brainstorm about what to do or use. Do this: use similar sealants that were used on your doors, since you cannot block the windows complete–that is uncalled for.
Those who have extra money to spend should use double panelled windows. A less expensive option will be the use of window foams or interior acrylic or glass sheets. Whatever you use, make sure that it works perfectly.
Use Soundproof Curtains
Third on the list are soundproof curtains. These can be used in different areas in your home. Soundproof curtains are a sure way to block out the sound from getting into your home because of the thick sound-absorbing material they are made from.
Soundproof curtains, as the name implies, are mainly used on windows. So, if you want to soundproof your windows, this is another great option to choose–in addition to what I said earlier. All that is left is for you to choose the one that you will like based on taste and color.
Use Soundproof Foams
You will also need soundproof foams. No, these are not foam sealants mentioned earlier. These are meant to absorb sound wave inside your home. Yes, you will need these materials too. However, if you think your home is quiet enough, skip it. But remember, sound waves tend to amplify in a room as it bounces off the walls.
Soundproof the Floors
Many people will find carpeting the quickest way to soundproof the floor. It is, actually! You could add carpet paddling to it. I like fluffier rugs, so I’ll recommend it too. You could use floating floor if you want. All these will stop impact sound from transferring through the floor.
Now, have a go at soundproofing your home, effectively, with these 5 best ways discussed in this article, if noise is a huge problem in your neighbourhood.