Soundproofing Solutions for Walls, Windows and Curtains

What Does Soundproofing a Room Do?

When you think of soundproofing, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably think of reducing noise from outside the room. But did you know that soundproofing can also help reduce noise from inside the room?

In this blog post, let’s discuss what soundproofing does and how it can benefit your home. As you can probably guess, soundproofing is the act of reducing noise passing through or within an area.

However, there are many ways that this can be accomplished.

One common method is by adding insulation to the walls and floors in your room. This reduces noise because it absorbs vibrations caused by sound waves.

Another popular method is using noise barrier materials on walls to stop direct transmission of sound between two rooms or similar open spaces. By stopping sound from getting through, it also stops echoes and reverberations which often contribute to noise complaints.

Soundproofing has other benefits outside of just blocking out noise as well.

For example, it will extend the insulating value of stud walls preventing condensation problems behind your wallpaper.

Depending on the type of material used, soundproofing can also help maintain better indoor temperatures. While you want to block out noise, it’s important that your room is still able to breathe and not trap heat inside

What to Consider When Soundproofing a Room

When soundproofing a room, it is important that the following factors are taken into account:

  1. Height of room
  2. Type of walls
  3. Number of windows
  4. Thickness of baseboard
  5. Floor construction
  6. Location next to another room
  7. Installer’s experience/reputation

Height – The height of the room will determine what type of insulation is needed. Obviously, using soundproofing on a vaulted ceiling would be easier than installing it under a low-hanging one, but either can work if done properly.

Type of Walls – The best walls for soundproofing are double-layer and made from concrete or masonry. These include poured concrete forms that have been filled with cement and then painted over. However, you could also use a cinder block or brick veneer which will add mass to your room while helping reduce noise transmission.

The number of Windows – Soundproof windows should never be completely sealed because they need vents to expel humidity. If you don’t plan on using your windows much, consider filling them with insulation before closing them. Also, adding a second layer of glazing can reduce noise because it holds the glass in place better than single-pane windows.

The thickness of Baseboard – If you plan on soundproofing your baseboards, be aware that these are usually hollow cavities so they should only be filled to around 3/4 full. The thicker the barrier, the better. If you are unsure, ask an expert to help determine the best method for you.

Floor Construction – Although carpet might seem like an obvious choice for flooring, it will actually make the room noisier by trapping vibrations inside. Instead, consider using engineered wood or concrete to help block within-room noise transmission.

Location Next To Another Room – The best location for soundproofing is between two rooms; this can be accomplished by building a wall between them (if they are not already separated), hanging soundproofing on the existing one, or adding soundproof windows. If this is not possible, you can also insulate doors and hang insulation over your door seals to reduce outside noise.

Experience/Reputation of Installer – The best reason to hire a professional to install your soundproofing is that they will know what materials are best for the job. Most of these products are not designed to go together, so unless you have experience with this type of product, it is recommended that you hire someone who does.

Price/Availability – You can purchase needed materials at most home improvement stores (just make sure they are the right thickness for your type of walls) or online. If you plan on soundproofing an entire room, however, it is often best to hire a professional anyway because of their experience with installing these products in rooms that size.

Final Thoughts

Soundproofing a room can be a difficult and time-consuming task, but it’s also something that you will most likely never need to do again. And although it may not cancel the noise completely, the amount of noise reduction possible with this type of product is quite impressive – especially if your main goal is to keep sound from traveling between rooms.

Although soundproofing your room is not always the easiest option, there are many benefits including noise reduction, improved insulation, and reduced tinnitus problems.