When you start to review your home to determine the source of your soundproofing problems you may begin to think that your walls are the main culprit. In most cases, however, nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, in many instances you will find that the source of the sound is not the wall itself but from the doors installed on those walls.
The first solution is to remove the door altogether. While this may seem a bit rash, consider what life might be like if the level of noise was to be reduced by 75%! Do you really need two doors to your kitchen? One from the living room and one from the dining room? Do you really need the sliding patio door you never use because you always opt for the backdoor instead?
Removing your door, removing the extra trip from around the frame, and sealing the empty area with drywall that sits flush with the existing walls is an incredibly affordable soundproofing alternative and one you should seriously consider.
Alright – so maybe removing your door altogether is a bit too much. The second alternative is to replace your door instead. Doing so will ensure you are not forced to change the way your room is designed, or the architecture of your house, but will give you the option to reduce the sound while still remaining within your limited budget. A simple soundproofing method used by consultants around the country is to merely replace all of your hollow doors with heavy doors.
The third solution, also the most costly and time consuming, is to change the placement of the doors in your house. If you walk down a hallway and have doors on both sides you should not see two doors directly across from each other. The doors should be staggered so that no two are in front of each other. This reduces the wind tunnel effect created by the doors and will ensure each room is quieter.
Remember. There are four main things you need to consider when it comes to soundproofing your doors:
- Is the door hollow or solid?
- Where is the door located in relationship to other doors?
- What type of door frame is around the door?
- Does the door seal properly when it shuts?
The answers to these questions will help you to determine the best door soundproofing method for you!