Soundproofing Solutions for Walls, Windows and Curtains

Using Soundproofing Materials

Soundproofing spaces around us to help preserve privacy has probably increased over the years. Each room including any individual areas involved has specific needs and thankfully materials exist to meet such requirements. There are various soundproofing materials sold by different brands in the market today, so it’s just a matter of what you need to get done and how much you are willing to give up for it.

Soundproofing materials will enable you to achieve the much-desired goal of containing sound in a room and also prevent the free movement of sound which ultimately allows you to enjoy privacy.

Stick to the end of this article to learn more about soundproofing materials.

How Soundproofing Materials Do Their Job

For starters, you need to understand sound waves. This might be a familiar concept to the physics guru, if not, I got you. The vibration of any object leads to the movement of the surrounding air as sound waves travel. When the sound gets to your eardrum, it vibrates as well (and you hear). The sound produced needs to be absorbed; this process converts the sound to heat energy.

Soft furniture such as the sofa known to absorb sound waves causes them to fade off quickly. On the other hand, when sound comes in contact with hard surfaces (wall or floor), it tends to get reflected resulting in an echo. Hard surfaces are unable to absorb sound.

 

Soundproofing Materials

 

The purpose of soundproofing materials is to block sound, interfering with its transmission. Each material has varying abilities and that’s why learning about its specific properties before making a choice is important. However, it is a known fact that denser or thicker materials do a much better job of blocking sound compared to lighter ones.

Sound can travel through any minute opening so effective soundproofing will involve sealing off cracks or holes with mass to prevent the free movement of sound into and out of the room.

Types of Soundproofing Materials

As I’ve mentioned earlier, we have a variety of materials in the market and they all work differently. The kind of materials you get should be influenced by what you’d like to achieve. Do you want to keep the noise in your room and improve your acoustics or block the noisy neighbours out?

 

 

Keep in mind what you want when selecting soundproofing materials. We’ll discuss the characteristics as well as functions of different soundproofing materials to help you decide what will work best for you.

  1. Dampening/Deadening Materials

This type of material is perfect for small spaces or areas with high temperatures. Sound dampening or deadening materials reduce sound vibrations [1] and make the room quieter. They can be used in cars to wade off rattling noises and ensure a peaceful ride.

At construction sites where loud noises are inevitable especially when working with heavy machinery, sound dampening materials significantly limit noise exposure.

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A study conducted in 2016 revealed that using dampening mats helped decrease the noise getting to the operator. This fix is simple, affordable and the results are satisfactory as well. You can get materials to be used in the tightest of spaces and greatly dampen sound vibrations reaching you.

These materials can be used to limit sound vibrations in cars, construction, and marine equipment. Also, they are versatile and can be used easily. Also, the materials are durable and worth the investment. Sound dampening/deadening materials work great, you should try them.

  1. Sweeps & Seals For Doors

You can’t properly soundproof a room without working on the door. The space under the door enables easy movement of sound. This route has to be sealed off to prevent sound from travelling in and out of the room. That’s where the sweeps and seals come in; they’ll help prevent sound from travelling through space under the door.

This seal will help keep external noise from finding its way into your personal space and also ensure the sound made in your room doesn’t leak out.

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These materials are quite common so they’ll be easy to find. They are affordable too.

Wherever there is a door, you can make do with a sweep or seal to maintain peace and some quiet in your room and contain your sound. Whether it’s your room at home, a broadcast studio, computer room, broadcast studio, or hotels, they’ll work just fine.

They can be fixed on old or new doors and are quite durable as well. You can’t go wrong with a door sweep or seal.

  1. Flooring Underlays

The flooring underlayment option works great for both office and residential rooms and the design used will depend on the kind of floor you have. These materials help to control sound created from an impact on the floor. Do your research or contact professionals to find out what kind of underlayment will work best for your space.

You should also know that this option isn’t exclusively for controlling sound indoors, it works outdoors as well.

To limit noise caused by impact, use flooring underlayment in your homes, offices, boats, cars, and so on. This method of controlling sound comes with various benefits, including warming up cold floors, improves sound quality, can be easily installed, and limits impact noise.

  1. Installation Products

There are several installation products to assist you in your mission to soundproof your room. Soundproofing tape, soundproofing primer, sealants, and other products are useful when it comes to sound control.

The ultimate result of using these products alongside other effective soundproofing materials is maximum comfort and privacy in your space. With these products, you can seal up small spaces or gaps and help stick some materials to their surfaces. Below are some useful installation products:

Acoustic sealants: If you’ve ever researched how to soundproof a room in the past, you’ve most likely come across the acoustic sealant. The product enables you to seal off cracks or gaps around the door (or on walls) which can serve as passage routes for sound.

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It works well on different materials such as wood, concrete, drywall, and metal. This product can be applied to any unwanted space and this will help keep sound entry and escape to a minimum.

Soundproofing Primer: This product is used to soundproof floors and if you intend to do so, then make use of it. Floor substrates need to be first prepared before an underlayment can be applied with the soundproof primer. This creates a solid bond between your underlayment and the subfloor.

Soundproofing tape: A soundproofing tape is used to get a nice-looking finish following the installation of soundproofing materials. They can also be used to seal off cracks or tears on materials.

Acoustic mounts: Acoustic mounts are used to secure insulation products; installation is quite easy as well. With insulation supports, fixing soundproofing products in place becomes easier and the hold is firm. There are also hanger pins that can be used instead of the installation of soundproof materials.

 

 

 

These products are useful alongside several soundproofing products. Whether it’s your residential home, office, or studio, they enable you to seal off possible sound routes, thereby maintaining quiet in your space. These products are affordable, effective, and easy to use. When you’re done, you get a nice, finished appearance and the noise problem will be under control.

  1. Sound Isolation System

The sound isolation system does an excellent job of limiting noise in the space where it’s being used. The kits contain materials capable of isolating sound as well as vibrations.

It is perfect for classrooms, chapels, libraries, studios, theatres, conference rooms, and funeral homes. Have a discussion with professionals to find out the ideal kit to use for your space.

  1. Soundproofing Barriers

To maintain your sanity and keep off external noise, soundproofing barriers are helpful. Whether a train station is close by or you just want to block out your noisy neighbours, barriers come in various sizes that’ll help meet your specific needs.

They make use of foam, vinyl, or fibreglass to stop sound in their tracks. You can use these products anywhere as you’ll just need to peel them and stick them on your desired surface.

Temporary fixes exist if that’s what you’re looking and they’ll do a swell job of controlling sound. They are in the form of acoustic quilts to be hung or laid in areas you need to be soundproofed. The product is constructed using vinyl covering and fibreglass and can be used as a soundproof curtain or cover.

Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) barrier: These barriers are made with sands, salts, and metal particles which make them do an amazing job of reducing sound.

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They form a sound obstructing mass on areas where you install them and prevent noise from going through such surface. This method is favoured by owners of music studios as it is quite effective. Also, the process of application is pretty simple as well.

For satisfactory results, try using soundproofing barriers to keep off the unwanted sound and maintain serenity in your space. They can be used in music studios, machinery, cars, offices, restaurants, home theatres, etc. Installation is pretty easy and they are quite versatile. Once you’ve set them up at the preferred location, you’ll observe the difference and it’ll warm your heart.

  1. Vibration Mounts & Feet

These products are targeted at reducing vibrations in any, particularly disturbing areas. You can get them installed by hiring professionals or roll up your sleeves and do it yourself as it’s a straightforward process.

This method is great for fixing a noisy device at home, whether it’s your washing machine, table saw, or refrigerator. You can increase the life span of your devices and also limit vibrations with a simple installation.

 

What Are The Benefits Of Using Soundproofing Materials?

Simply put, it’s a perfect solution for any noise problems you may be having. Soundproofing materials keep off external noise by denying them entry and also prevents the sounds you make in your space from escaping. If you love some quiet and don’t want your business out in the streets (or just the next room), then you’ll find soundproofing materials quite beneficial.

Blocking off noise from your space will help you focus on your projects whether it’s work or study without distractions.

 

 

Let’s not forget the stress that comes from being exposed to so much noise. Do you ever get a headache from the noise? Well, you get to save yourself that trouble with the right materials. Less stress equals better health generally. Soundproofing materials are quite affordable so you won’t have to break the bank before you get some.

They are also versatile and easy to install. In the end, you’ll be happy and so will your neighbours. Everyone will get to enjoy their space and won’t be a bother to the others. Won’t you like that?

Factors to Consider Before Selecting Soundproofing Materials

Now, there exists a myriad of soundproofing materials. They come in different kinds and sizes so it’s best not to be impulsive. Instead, you should take a moment to think of what would be best for you. How do you do that? I got you!

What results do I desire? What kind of products would be best to achieve those results? If you so badly want to prevent sound from coming into your room, then you’ll need products that’ll block sound travel points on your walls, doors, and ceilings.

Lucky for you, there are many products to choose from and the types we’ve talked about above will help with that. If you have an echo problem, then you’ll simply need to feel up the room with sound-absorbent materials. You might just want to fix a noisy device and in that case, you should get products that will do just that.

Final Thoughts

Soundproofing materials form the gateway between you and your privacy. The right products will give you the results you desire and this article has provided you with the different kinds of soundproofing materials you can choose from based on your needs.

Happy soundproofing!

 

Glossary

[1] Vibrations – Link