Many people looking to tackle sound problems turn to do-it-yourself solutions, which can save a small fortune over hiring a professional firm to do the job. Before deciding to tackle a soundproofing job yourself, have a think about the following:
Windows are where most of the noise can enter or leave your home, old windows being the biggest culprits. This was due to glass being expensive and single panes were commonplace. Thankfully double panes of glass are very common nowadays thanks to greater energy awareness so you might not need to change anything should your home already have double panes. Double panes of glass reduce noise leakage by up to 20%. Furthermore the frames used can make an even greater impact. If vinyl frames are used, noise leakage is reduced it by anywhere upwards of 50%.
In some homes, second stories and attics often lack insulation. As well as being inefficient for heating bills, this will also let some noise in. Insulating the attic is a good place to start if it needs done, because of saving money on heating bills. It may not block as much noise as other methods, unless near an airport, but the savings can help pay for the rest of your insulating project!
If building your home from scratch or remodelling the interior, then bear in mind sound within the home can be reduced by ensuring doors in hallways are never exactly across from each other, but instead are staggered. Drywall can be an effective sound proofing if a secondary layer is added.
Keep in mind that carpeting, soft furniture and draperies can help dampen internal noise, so long as these constitute at least twenty five percent of the furnishings in the room. Furthermore, rooms above living areas benefit a lot from carpets to help avoid noise travelling down into the living area.
For most people it’s just a simple case of soundproofing their existing home. There are DIY kits that make it easier than ever; you may be able to hire a handyman Adelaide to assist you with the work. Such kits offer convoluted, non-convoluted, faced acoustical, or polymide foam. These products can also be 100% fireproof, so be sure to select the product that suits you.
Using such kits is an easy process. It comes with pre-made panels and velcro to fit them, letting you apply large panels to walls quickly and easily. These are easy to remove, but also block out noise and give the most immediately apparent effect.
Soundproofing is one of the more enjoyable aspects of home DIY, probably because out of the ordinary. For most people, painting the external fences is a chore, while soundproofing a delight. Perhaps it’s because it encompasses so many different aspects of home ownership from energy efficiency to furnishings. Whatever the cause, it’s an enjoyable job that has every enjoyable benefits.