10 Useful Soundproofing Tips
It doesn’t matter if you’re preparing to soundproof your entire home or just one room or area. The amount of money you have in your budget combined with the type of sound barrier you need will determine how easy or complex your project becomes.
The truth, however, is that soundproofing isn’t nearly as difficult as most people imagine it might be. In the end, there are plenty of shortcuts and tips you can incorporate to ensure your project is on budget and effective. Here are a few easy soundproofing tips to keep in mind.
10. Pick Things Up
Leaving speakers and other sound making devices on the floors will make your problems worse. Put speakers or stereos on stands or shelves so that they can’t vibrate off of the floors and walls, creating additional noise.
9. Create White Noise
Adding quiet sounds, or white noise, is another great way to cut back on the amount of sound you hear in the house. If you place fountains or noise machines near your doors and windows they’ll help to block outside noise from entering your home.
8. Pad Your Appliances
Purchase some rubber pads, preferably between 1/2 and 1 full inch thick and put them under the edges of your large appliances (washers, dryers, etc). We recommend using mass loaded vinyl if you can get it. The rubber will help to absorb the sound from the machines.
7. Seal Your Outlets
Most electrical outlets are inserted into wall spaces with huge gaps around them and are then covered. Remove your outlet covers, fill in the space around the electrical outlet with acoustical caulk, and then replace the cover. You’ll notice a reduction in sound from your walls almost immediately.
6. Turn Off the Lights
Not sure where the noise is coming from? Turn off the lights in a room and look around for places where light is seeping through from the outside or another room. Anywhere you see light is a also a source of sound.
5. Build a Natural Fence
Want to create a natural sound barrier outside your home? Plant a line of trees or bushes around your property and as they grow they’ll begin to block sound from your neighbors and the streets.
4. Use Damping Compounds
Damping compounds, like Green Glue, form excellent sound barriers. All you have to do is apply a layer to your existing wall and then install a new layer of drywall over top. It’s easy to use and requires very little work (except for refinishing that new top wall, of course)!
3. Look Around Appliances
When you’re installing those rubber footers, check the spaces around your appliances as well. You might find that they were installed in large places and the sound is vibrating off of the nearby walls. Stuff some soundproofing materials into the surrounding areas and you’ll hear a reduced level of sound.
2. Check the Doors
Are your doors sealing properly? If not, make sure your external doors are equipped with weather stripping and make sure your internal doors are sealed properly as well to prevent inside noise from spreading.
1. Plant Bushes and Shrubs
Don’t want to create an entire fence of bushes or trees? Plant a few smaller bushes right in front your windows. They’ll help to block sound from entering at these points.