Soundproofing Mistakes to Avoid
There are dozens of so called experts out there willing to give you professional advice on what you need to do in order to soundproof your home. Fortunately, the best advice is often free and that’s why we’re going to share five important mistakes people make when preparing to start a home soundproofing project. Hopefully you can avoid these same mistakes and ultimately save yourself a lot of time, money, and aggravation.
Buying Bad Materials
The first mistake people make when preparing to start a sound control project is running out to buy a bunch of materials without doing any research first. You simply cannot go to your local hardware store, fill your cart with acoustical caulk and mass loaded vinyl, and expect to slap the stuff on your walls when you get home. If you go out and grab just anything you’ll end up with – well – nothing. Your project will likely fail. Make sure you understand where the noise is coming from and what type of materials you need (absorbing or blocking) before you get started.
Finding Coping Mechanisms
There is no reason on earth for you to suffer from noise pollution when you could easily find some sort of solution or compromise. Short term solutions involve investing in ear plugs or heavy drapes. Long term solutions involve filing complaints against your neighbors and taking actions to soundproof your own home. You should not, in any case, walk around like a zombie day after day due to lack of sleep caused by noise.
Replacing Window Glass
A lot of people think that replacing their existing floating glass with a different laminated glass will reduce noise. Laminated glass doesn’t really have the effects people believe it will have and most people find that adding a second pane of glass (with a few inches between the new and existing) is more effective. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve properly sealed the spaces between the frame and window. Sometimes applying acoustical caulk like Green Glue Noise Proofing Sealant will do the trick.
Filling in the Gaps
Yes – gaps in between door frames and windows are bad and will amplify the sound you’re trying to reduce. On the other hand, the cavities in between your floors and walls may not be a problem and you shouldn’t jump to pack them with filling. Sometimes airtight cavities are better at soundproofing than a packed space.
Last, but certainly not least, is the failure to follow sound proofing instructions. You may think you have a better technique but, in reality, you probably don’t. Follow the directions that come with all of your sound control products and we guarantee you’ll be happier with the end results than you would be after making the techniques up on your own!