Archive for the ‘Home Soundproofing’ Category

Finally something to help sound control for windows

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

We have been waiting a while to find the correct product to help control sound coming in or going out through your windows. While there are solutions as in adding another window in front of your existing window we do not think that is too practical. Now we have come across a removable Window Soundproof Panel attached with velcro this can be put up and taken down as needed. It is available with a covering which is a great light blocker too, in addition to being available in a clear see through vinyl. Check it out and if you use it please comment below to let our readers know if they work well.

How to soundproof

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

This new and updated article on “How to soundproof” is the best we have seen out there to date. Clearly explained with vivid graphics this article is a must read whether your soundproofing a room, an office building or your basement. Sound is an issue and what used to once a nuisance from the outside is now a nusiance in your own home as well. With game consoles and large HD TV’s creeping into homes you may want your own quiet bedroom. Be sure to read that article and comment below on your thoughts.

You can read more on noise pollution here

Windsor Locks Residents Demand Soundproofing

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

It’s not an unfamiliar story. Just a few weeks ago, the residents of Windsor Locks, a town in Connecticut, gathered at a local high school for a town meeting. While there, more than 100 residents voiced concerns about noise created by the nearby Bradley International Airport.

As of right now, due to recent map updates, only one area home actually qualifies for soundproofing paid for by the airport. In general, homes in areas where the sound reaches 65 decibels or more often receive federal funding for soundproofing. There are, however, many homes who live on the “fringe” of these areas, experiencing higher than normal levels of noise on a daily basis.

The real problem in Windsor Locks isn’t necessarily the denial of funds, but the fact that many homes were once promised funds and have now been removed from the list. They have bypassed opportunities to soundproof their homes or install new windows and doors, believing assistance was on the  way. Now it’s not.

What would you do if you were a resident of Windsor Locks? What would you do to convince the FAA to change its mind and expanding the map of homes eligible for relief? Would you soundproof your own  home, or would you give up and move? Sound off…

Green Glue on subfloors

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Soundproofing your ceiling is a great idea however it will be quite difficult to get really good results regarding impact sound which gets into the framework above the source of sound control and is free to travel all around. One way of killing impact noise at it’s source is by applying 2 layers of subfloors with a damping compound like Green Glue in between in addition you’ll get great sound control for airborne sounds. For larger jobs you can buy 5 gallon buckets of Green Glue and for smaller jobs you can simply use Green Glue Tubes.

Soundproofing a Shed

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Want to put that empty shed in the backyard to good use? We occasionally hear from acoustical artists looking for a quiet place to practice – a place where they won’t disturb family or neighbors. If this is you, and you have an empty shed (or one that can be emptied), you may want to consider soundproofing the shed and then doing your creative work out there.

Soundproofing a shed is pretty easy. All you’ll need to do is apply a layer of Green Glue damping compound to the existing walls and ceiling and then install new drywall over top. Since you’re in a shed, you may want to put a layer of Green Glue on the floor as well, under either drywall or tiles. Before you know it you’ll have you’re own sound absorbing box and your neighbors will never know you’re out there!

Airtight Soundproofing

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

You might expect it to be easier to install a lot of soundproofing material in order to make your room or home quiet. The simple truth is that it is easier and less expensive to make a room airtight than it is to purchase a lot of insulation or drywall.

The best way to do this is by filling in any gaps or cracks with acoustical caulk. The problem with this is that you can’t necessarily seal all of your heating or cooling vents with caulk. In these types of situations you’ll have to purchase creative magnetic covers to put over the vents when they’re not in use!

Airtight soundproofing is very easy to achieve and in many cases is the only solution you need. Check your home or room for cracks through which sound can enter or escape – then seal them up!

Bathroom Soundproofing

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

We get lots of requests for information on how to soundproof a room but very rarely do we get requests for information on how to soundproof a bathroom. It’s not that it can’t be done but so very few people consider the bathroom a source of invasive noise.

There are, on the other hand, plenty of people who find bathroom noise to be incredibly annoying. Imagine living in a house where one person works a day shift and another a night shift. You may come home from a long overnight shift, settle into a deep sleep, and then suddenly wake up to the sound of the rest of the house taking their morning showers and flushing the toilet. In these cases – yes – we can see how you might find bathroom soundproofing necessary.

The project shouldn’t be too tough but you have a lot of extra material (permanently installed bathtubs, showers, and cabinets) to work around. You may need to float the walls or ceilings and install some mass loaded vinyl. We’ll be honest – this project may be a bit more difficult (if for no other reason than space) and should probably be done during the process of remodeling or gutting your entire bathroom for best results.

You won’t be sorry when you’re done, though. Imagine – a full night (or day) of sleep without hearing the toilet flush!

Apartment Soundproofing Issues

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I have the worst upstairs neighbors in the world. You will never really understand what flanking noise is until you’ve listened to them tread above your head. They walk heavily; the kids play and jump around the entire apartment; and their television are always set at a volume no human should have to endure.

Sadly, I’m not exactly in a position where I am able to tear down my ceiling in order to soundproof it. I doubt my landlord would be very happy with me. Some, however, aren’t as difficult to deal with and would recommend you do the following to block the noise from above:

  • Remove the existing ceiling
  • Fill the joint cavities with sound proofing insulation
  • Add whisper clips so that you can float your ceiling
  • Add new drywall
  • Finish over and repaint

Alright – it’s really a bit more complex than that (in work, not theory) but its not unrealistic either. If your upstairs neighbors are really bothersome you should ask your landlord if he’d allow you to make a few modifications. After all it’ll only increase the value of the property for when you’re ready to move on!