Noise levels can be somewhat of a nuisance when it comes to buying a home. Maybe you’ve got a set of noisy neighbours, or next door’s children are learning to play the drums. Whatever form the noise comes in, grinning and bearing it is not the only option; there are plenty of easy and cost effective ways to soundproof your home. Oakwood Doors shows us how.
1. Use soft furnishings
Materials that can help control sound within your home are actually familiar to most homeowners. To minimize sound within rooms, you should choose ‘soft’ materials to furnish your home. Padding carpeting will reduce echoes from uncovered floors. Alternatively, adding well-placed rugs throughout your home will also have the same effect. Heavy curtains also help to absorb interior room sounds and there are plenty of stylish options available.
2. Replace your doors
The largest openings throughout your home are your interior and exterior doors. One of the most effective sound proofing methods, is replacing your doors with solid or semi-solid core ones. Most interior doors contain hollow core construction and are extremely ineffective at blocking sound. Any semi-solid or composite-core door will provide a much better sound barrier than a hollow-core door. Solid-core doors do tend to be more expensive, but are available in a much wider selection of contemporary styles. Effective acoustic seals around the frame of the door will also prevent any additional sound, but the main sound preventer will always be the door itself.
3. Avoid noisemakers
Always opt for quiet appliances when looking at buying new ones. Manufacturers have started to consider the amount of sound that their products produce and are now designing premium models that are quiet and compact. The difference between the noise produced by conventional dishwashers and washing machines – and their contemporary counterparts – can often be quite significant. It’s also important to think strategically when deciding where to keep your appliances. Avoid installing anything close to your living or sleeping areas and always take the time to consider the layout of your home in order to live a relatively disruptive life.
4. Buy soundproof paint
Soundproof paint does actually exist! Most sound proof paints are heavy bodied and water-based and can be used on interior surfaces, including ceilings and walls. Absorbent pigments have the capacity to reduce sound transmission by 30%. Echoes within individual rooms are reduced dramatically. Look out for the fast drying and environmentally friendly soundproof paints, which come available in a range of stylish colours.
Images and article supplied by Oakwood Doors.