Soundproofing Solutions for Walls, Windows and Curtains

How to Soundproof a House from Train Noise

Living close to a railway station is great for the commute, you never have to be late for work. But, you’d probably trade the easy commute for some quiet after a long and hard day at work.

Of course, unlike noisy neighbours, you can’t yell at the train to shut it, and moving may not be an option that is available to you especially if you’ve just moved into the house or the house is what you’d like to call your ‘forever home’.

That said, there are some ideal ways to soundproof a house from train noise, and some of them are:

Practical Ways To Soundproof A House From Train Noise

Outdoor Barriers

If this is your forever home, then this option is not only a great way of soundproofing, it can also be a nice way to improve the environment. Outdoor barriers include things such as raising fences or planting trees and shrubs.

Raising a strong, thick fence can help stop the train noise in its tracks. Sound is vibrations that travel through vibrating mediums such as air or water. Now, with a thick fence, you’d be able to stop the noise or at least most of it before it gets into the house. The fence will serve as a barrier to keep the noise out.

Planting trees and shrubs will take a while. You can’t exactly raise a tree in a week, but it’d be worth it in the end. When planting, choose evergreen shrubs and make sure to plant them close together. The closer they are, the more they can block the noise.

With evergreen shrubs, you wouldn’t just be blocking out the noise; you’d be beautifying your environment—a very nice two-for-one.

Industrial Soundproof Curtains

That is an affordable and effective solution, and long term too. Industrial soundproof curtains can block the noise because they are made out of heavy and sound-absorbing materials.

Depending on the manufacturer, soundproof curtains can be made from fibreglass and mass loaded vinyl and depending on the material used and its thickness; the curtain can block up to 20dB[1].

Soundproof curtains are great because they don’t just block the noise, they add to your home décor. And as simple soundproofing options go, they are pretty simple. Their thickness can also be an added advantage for regulating the weather temperature in your home.

Double Glazed Windows

A high decimal sound can get in through a window, whether the window is closed or not, so with a railway station that close to your house, a regular window won’t do.

You can trade your window for a window with sound blocking material and double-glazed windows are the way to go. Normal soundproof windows can work just fine, but if you are staying in the house for a very long time then its best to invest in double-glazed windows, they are very effective in blocking out noise.

And, before you wonder if you can install them in your home, the answer is yes. Double- glazed windows can be installed in any building, whether modern or standard.

 

Drywalling

That is another way to soundproof your house against train noises. Drywall is the process of attaching a secondary wall to the already existing wall in order to thicken it. Drywall often contains gypsum; gypsum doesn’t just dampen noise; it is also fireproof. That could come in handy if a fire were ever to break out.

Drywalling is reasonably affordable, so you can look into this option if you’ll be staying in your house for a long time.

Soundproof Paint

Soundproof paint is so effective it can reduce outside noise by at least 30%. Not a large percentage of your noise problem is a big one, but a significant percentage of your noise problem is on the minimal. Soundproof paint is made from special absorbing material, and if you want the best result, you should apply not one, but two coats of paint, three if the noise is bothersome.

Soundproof paint is sufficient enough to be used on its own, or it can be added to other soundproofing methods.

If you are on a budget and are looking for a quick and cheap solution in the meantime you can:

Stick Thick Rags under the Door

No special installing or drilling, you can get your rags or thick blankets and stick them under the door until you can afford a long term solution.  It’s not ideal, not great for décor and you’d face the added stress of adjusting them every time you open the door but, they should the trick for the time being.

Loud train noises, much like any loud noise, can induce hearing loss. So, if you are on the fence about soundproofing your home, get off it and get to work.

Glossary

[1] dB: Decibel – Link