Are you finding it hard to sleep at night due to loud noise in your neighbourhood? Or, is the driving at your home keeping you up all night? In this post, you’ll get to learn how you can make your home less noisy by soundproofing. In particular, this post shares information or details on materials you can use for soundproofing.
When it comes to homes, chances are that you might be living in one that’s way too noisy. So how does this happen? Well, a good number of home constructions today use lightweight materials. These materials allow sound to pass through them very easily making homes way too noisy. Furthermore, things like open floor plans, entertainment gears or even noisy machines contribute to make homes even noisier. The issue of noise is further complicated by things like noisy neighbours.
This in mind, it is important that one soundproofs their home. This is especially important for anyone who loves to have a quite home. The problem with this is that not everyone knows how to go about soundproofing their home. It is this that this post seeks to address or help readers with. To be exact, this soundproofing post looks at the following soundproofing materials that’ll help soundproof your home;
- Mass-Loaded Vinyl
- Acoustic Foams, Panels & Boards
- Floor Underlayment
- Architectural Soundproofing
- Sound Absorbing Foam
- Acoustic Curtains
- Green Glue Compounding
- Resilient Sound Channels
Top on the list of this soundproofing materials post is Mass-Loaded Vinyl. In fact, some look at Mass-Loaded Vinyl as the ultimate material one can use to add mass to their wall. It’s not just the walls you can use it on ceilings and even floors. Just in case you are not sure what Mass-Loaded Vinyl is, well it is a synthetic fairly thin and flexible soundproofing material.
There are two substances that make this particular material perfect for soundproofing. These two are vinyl and another high-mass compound. Both of these materials combine to offer great mass. The mass helps reflect or block sound completely. The drawback with this particular material is the price. If you were to purchase it, it might just leave a dent on your pocket.
Acoustic Foams, Panels & Boards
Acoustic Foams might sound like new materials but they are really not. In fact, the only thing that’s new is the name. Why do I say this? Well, it was initially called Studio Forms. You are likely to find some still referring it to using this name. This soundproofing material spots a distinctive wedge that does the job of absorbing sound effectively. In most cases, acoustic forms are attached on walls as panels. In some constructions, they hang from the ceilings while in others they sit in corners and act as bass traps.
Still, on acoustic materials, acoustic boards and panels also work well in soundproofing homes. You’ll find many homeowners going for them as they offer more stylistic value. Furthermore, they do come in a variety of colours, fabrics and patterns sure to match every style taste. This applies both at home or at workplaces.
Floor underlayment is another way of soundproofing your home. For this particular method to work, you are going to decouple your home’s flooring. The decoupling should be done on two particular areas, on the flooring surface and the subfloor. Doing this perfectly helps in guaranteeing that they’ll be noise reduction. In terms of soundproofing materials you can use, they are three commonly used materials. These three are felt, polymers and colt. These are the materials you’ll use as underlayment material to help you soundproof your home.
When taking up an underlayment project, always ensure that you cushion it from within. Additionally, you should make sure that the underlayment fills up the floor. This way, you won’t have to deal with matters echo’s and so on. Other than soundproofing, underlayment defends against mold growth between floors and ceilings. This is possible because most of the products used are moisture-resistant in nature.
Architectural soundproofing is a process that refers to any material used to build any building. These materials include soundproof windows, walls, doors and decoupling products you use to install them. For soundproofing windows, it is advised that you turn your single pane into a double one. In fact, this is a project that you can do on your own. It basically involves the process of getting a glass or acrylic panel and attaching it over windows.
One easy way of attaching windows is setting them into a metal frame. Once you’ve done this, simply drill the frame to your window from inside. To make sure you have the ideal window, ensure you go for acoustic-grade class windows. Not sure what they are? Well, go and ask for one that is also found in a recording booth.
Sound Absorbing Foam
If you are thinking of soundproofing your home and still be able to maintain a stylistic look, consider adding sound absorbing form. In addition to helping soundproof a home or room, they offer multiple attractive colours. Play well with these colours and you are sure to get an eye-catching trendy look for your room or home. Having said that, this material is a perfect fit for gaming rooms, studios, voice booths and even theatre rooms.
In addition to being a perfect alternative to Auralex panels, these foams can be installed in areas where noise reflection is a big problem. They can also be added on as ceiling tiles if you are looking to reduce echo reverberations. Of importance to note here is quality. If you go for cheap sound absorbing form, you might as well receive a very bad end result.
Acoustic curtains are nice materials to use to soundproof a home or a room. In particular, they are perfect for reducing noise coming out from doors or windows. This makes them a perfect addition for rooms like home theatres, bedrooms, or any other room where quite is needed. To be able to deliver on its purpose, this curtain uses quality, plush, and heavyweight fabrics. Furthermore, they use soundproofing materials such as loaded vinyl. These materials help reduce echo as well as dampen sound.
Additional things to note about acoustic curtains are that they can as well be used to control industrial noise. This is thanks to the fact that they are normally made using Rockwool layers and quilted fibreglass. This two are then sandwiched over mass loaded vinyl to offer maximum soundproof capabilities. Furthermore, they’re stiffer most curtains (regular ones) and they come with hung on frames. This makes it easy to move around as well as easy to use in different room settings.
Green Glue Compounding
If you are taking a sound damping principle then green glue compounding is an ideal option. One of the positives surrounding this particular soundproof material is the ease of use. Despite it seeming somewhat difficult to use or understand, soundproofing using green glue is very simple.
This particular fact comes from the way this particular material works. Being a sound damping material, this Green Glue product is effective when it’s between two hard surfaces. Once in between the two surfaces, sound causes panels to vibrate against the damping compound. What this leads to is soundproofing.
Compared to other damping compounds, with this one, you wouldn’t need screws to attach two surfaces. This makes it easy to use when adding other layers of drywall to existing ones. This is made possible thanks to it being able to function as an adhesive as well. Still, on matters drywall, green glue is very effective if fused with two pieces of soundproof drywall.
Resilient Sound Channels
If you are thinking of decoupling your drywall from the building’s internal structure then this material is ideal. To put it in simpler terms, resilient sound channels are another way of improving noise-blocking abilities of ceilings and walls. With resilient sound channels, it is important to note that you can only install them if you’ve not put the finishing layer of drywall on the ceilings or walls. If you intend on adding them on an existing home or room, you’ll first need to strip the drywall. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to replace it with a new one.
Once soundproof insulation is in the wooden grid in your walls, it’s time to screw in the channels. You should do this perpendicularly to their direction. If you are screwing them in on walls then you should do it horizontally. In addition to this, ensure the screws don’t pass through the studs but the resilient sound channels.
There you have it, 8 materials you can use for soundproofing. For additional information regarding soundproofing your home, contact The Silencer. You can do this by dialling the following Silencer phone number 0468 356 600.