How to Soundproof Your Home and Why You Should
Whether you’re interested in moving into a new home or upgrading your current home, you should think about the benefits of soundproofing.
Soundproofing is any strategy meant to reduce sound pressure in your home. It can be intended to block out external noises like traffic.
It can also reduce the volume of internal noises which helps in a home office or sound studio.
While it may seem like soundproofing is a technically complex or expensive upgrade to make, this isn’t necessarily the case.
In fact, most homeowners can add at least some soundproofing features to their home with minimal time and effort.
First, let’s cover why you might want to add soundproofing elements to your home:
Noises are a frequent source of distraction. They can hinder your focus when you work. If you’re watching your favorite movie, the last thing you want is a loud motorcycle outside or a squeaky floor to interrupt you.
If you or any of your family members are light sleepers, the slightest noise can wake you. Soundproofing your home makes it much quieter, so you can sleep in peace.
Soundproofing also allows you to segment your rooms. This gives more independence and freedom of movement.
If someone is working upstairs, you won’t have to monitor your noise levels as much. If someone is sleeping downstairs, you don’t have to tiptoe around.
Soundproofing is an essential improvement for certain niche functions and jobs. For example, if you’re a musician who likes to record frequently, or if you record a podcast from the comfort of your home, soundproofing is a practical necessity.
Higher Home Value
Investing in soundproofing upgrades can also increase the value of your home. Buyers will be willing to pay more for a home capable of blocking out most noises. It produces a more comfortable internal experience.
How to Soundproof a Home
There are several things you can do to make your home more soundproof, some of which are more intensive than others:
Invest in Better Doors and Windows
One of the biggest sources of sound leaks is your externally facing doors and windows. If you can, consider making an upgrade.
Newer windows are double-paned, with charged gas between the panes. This feature makes them much more capable of blocking sound.
Similarly, modern doors are thicker and much better capable of absorbing sound.
Add Better Seals to Your Doors and Windows
Additionally, you’ll want to make sure there’s a good seal around your doors and windows. Even a tiny crack on the border of a window can allow outdoor sounds to leak in.
That one crack can interfere with your ability to heat and cool your home efficiently.
Usually, a thread of caulk is enough to correct this problem. Additionally, consider covering your windows with thick curtains to block out even more noise.
Upgrade Your Insulation
Most homes have insulation in the walls, floors, and ceilings to keep rooms a consistent temperature.
However, not all homes are adequately insulated. If your home doesn’t have much insulation, it’s not going to be very good at absorbing sound.
Additionally, some types of insulation are better at absorbing sound than others. To make your home as soundproof as possible, consider investing in insulation.
Specifically, insulation made for soundproofing purposes. Also, re-insulating your home can do wonders.
Fix Squeaky Floors and Doors
This step is more about reducing the total amount of noise produced in your home than it is blocking or absorbing sound.
Though it’s still important.
Pay attention to the squeakiest areas of your home, usually around doors and on certain parts of the floor. Squeaks are generally a result of a lack of lubrication.
Luckily, it is an easy fix.
Sometimes, it can be something loose (like a floorboard). With some low-cost materials and a bit of elbow grease, you can eliminate these sources of unwanted noise.
Plan Your Rooms Differently
You can also make your home more soundproof in certain areas by redesigning your room layout.
Add Sound Blocking Features to Walls
As an additional measure of soundproofing, consider adding sound blocking panels to your walls.
These won’t block much noise by themselves, but in conjunction with the other strategies on this list, it can make a big difference.
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With these strategies, you should be able to make your home much more resilient to exterior and interior sounds.
You’ll never be able to make your home completely free of outside noises, but these steps can get you closer.
Do you have any tips on how to soundproof your home?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.