Many people desire to get rooms in their homes that are soundproofed for their various benefits and advantages. Having one installed is typically an expensive process, so here is how one can go about soundproofing their room on their own.
Basics of Soundproofing
The first thing to know before starting the soundproofing process in the room is the kind of material you wish to use. There are three kinds of materials that can be used for soundproofing, including noise reflective materials, diffusive noise materials and noise absorption materials. Soundproofing a room goes beyond mere sound absorption. The noise needs to be blocked, dampened, decoupled and absorbed altogether for providing the best results.
If one is not highly particular about complete soundproofing and sound blocking, there are some ways to do it cheaper. One can add acoustic sheets or blankets to all the walls to reduce sound coming in and going out. Sound absorbing rugs are great ways to sound block the floors of the room. Soundproof curtains are a great way to reduce sound for rooms that have windows. These can even be used in front of doors or any other pathways that noise can travel in and out of the room.
Importance of Acoustic Windows
Whether you are creating a soundproof room or home, or simply desiring less noise to enter the comfort of your home, a great way to go about this is by using acoustic windows. These are proven to reduce sound and noise from a loud 80dB to a quiet library volume of 40dB. It makes a house feel more homely and peaceful, especially for those living in the suburbs or surrounded by busy city life. Acoustic windows have advanced and pushed their benefits beyond the bedroom. Now, acoustic windshields are available for less road noise to travel into the car, thereby allowing friendly rod trips.
These windows are made up of acoustic glass that reduces noise due to the way it is constructed. It is made up of two or more panes of glass bonded together with a layer of insulation that absorbs as much external noise as possible. The principle used by acoustic windows is that of mass absorbing sound to provide excellent acoustics. Heavy glass is not only great for a sound reduction but also less likely to break or shatter due to its thickness and strength.
Making a Soundproof Door
One of the most important things to install to make a room soundproof is soundproof doors indeed. These soundproof doors make sure that the biggest opening in the room prevents sound from coming in or leaving the room. Aside from a door itself being easy to penetrate by sound, the gaps around the door between it and the door frame or the floor are the most significant ways a sound leak can occur. Soundproof doors may be expensive to buy but are easy to make at home.
To do so, one needs to make sure that the door itself is soundproofed by adding a soundproofing panel such as a thick wood panel or a piece of drywall. The gap between the door frame and the door on the three sides of the door can be filled in using a dense soundproofing rubber. Once this closed cell sponge neoprene is applied, the only gap remains the one below the door. This gap can be covered up and used to block sound by using an excellent automatic door bottom to sit flush against the bottom of the door. Any other holes and airways can be secured using adhesive solid weather stripping seals.