How To Seal Noise
It’s that invisible enemy that we don’t notice in our busy lives: noise. As it is scientifically proven that it causes stress and anxiety disorders, it is not just an issue that we can overlook. In this regard, the importance of being in a quiet environment is more than ever before. Here comes the question: how can you seal noises that turn your heavenly peaceful environment into a metal concert in hell? Right now, you will experience, to seal noise is not even complicated.
Simplest Solution To Seal Noise
The first solution that comes to mind looks pretty simple. You can seal noises around you just by wearing a noise-canceling headphone. And in this case, what would be more appropriate than listening to the song “Silence” by four-time Grammy winner artist Seal.
If you want to learn about best noise-canceling headphones for 2020, you can check out this article.
What if you told me that you want to sleep well during the night? Well, the appropriate suggestion would be using earplugs and I can highly recommend using Hearprotek Sleeping Earplugs which I also used to use while I was traveling around Europe during my Erasmus year. For a lower budget, you can also consider buying Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Putty Earplugs on Amazon. However, the important thing to keep in mind is that the size of your ear canal plays a big role here. Therefore, be careful when deciding which one you are going to buy.
Besides these relatively simple yet practical solutions, there is only one thing left to say: it may be worth investing in soundproofing if you are in search of effective, long-term solutions when it comes to dealing with noises.
I think we’re all on the same page, but before we get started if you have any questions about soundproofing materials, I recommend you to have a look at my article on the best soundproofing materials, in which I have discussed the top 10 best soundproofing materials in detail.
With all that being said, now, let’s get started!
Simple Soundproofing Solutions To Seal Noise
There are many ways for soundproofing. You can choose any of them according to your choice, specific needs, and budget. You might have to combine two or more of these solutions to get more effective results.
- Planting Trees and Shrubs To Seal Noise
- Putting Up A Fence Around Your Home To Seal Noise
- Soundproofing The Garage To Seal Noise
- Fixing Sound Leaks To Seal Noise
- Shutting Doors and Windows To Seal Noise
- Using Insulated Glass Window and Inserts To Seal Noise
- Using Noise-Canceling Curtains To Seal Noise
- Soundproofing The Ceiling To Seal Noise
- Fixing Your Flooring To Seal Noise
- Using Soundproofing Panels To Seal Noise
- Placing Heavy Furniture Near The Walls To Seal Noise
- Using Soft Furniture To Seal Noise
- Using Fan and White Noise Machine To Seal Noise
- Installing Drywall and Double Pane Windows To Seal Noise
Planting Trees and Shrubs
During my childhood and my teenage years, I used to live in a big house in the suburbs. Even though there was a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, my father was obsessed with soundproofing. At that time I wasn’t fully aware of the necessity of soundproofing. However, when I moved into a friend’s house near the city center, the reasons behind my father’s obsession with soundproofing have become crystal clear. If you live in an environment filled with cars and all kinds of city noises, you will understand what I mean.
The easiest way to seal noise is to grow trees. For noise reduction in all four seasons, evergreen shrubs and holly trees are a great choice. The reason for that is they have wider leaves and a climber profile that allows them to block out the sound more effectively than narrower leaf plants.
Putting Up A Fence Around Your Home
If you live somewhere near the city center or you have noisy neighbors, without a doubt, installing tall, thick tongue and groove boarded wooden fences can be considered as one of the best solutions for sealing noises. Not only it helps to block out sound, but also can enhance the overall look of your garden. As it can be quite expensive to install wooden fences, you can try some other alternatives as well. Here is my complete guide on soundproofing a garden.
Soundproof The Garage
Sometimes we tend to forget to soundproof our garages when we are so busy with home soundproofing. To solve this issue, you should invest in a good quality garage door. What better way to soundproof your garage than having sound minimizing door with internal foam insulation and interior panels? You may also want to add drywall to the wall as well. Check out my complete guide on soundproofing drywall.
Fixing Sound Leaks To Seal Noise
Every home can have gaps and cracks. You can imagine that it is very likely for sound to travel easily through these open spaces. It is very important to make sure that these gaps and cracks are filled so that the unwanted noise can be blocked out. You should consider checking door casings, switch boxes, and overhead lighting fixtures to ensure that there are no small leaks. If you notice any leaks, you should use a good acoustic sealant like Green Glue to effectively cover the gaps. This sealant is very easy to install and is paintable after drying. You can find it here on Amazon.
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Shutting Doors and Windows
Having windows and doors closed is one of the simplest but effective ways to cut off the noise in your home. This will help to seal the noise that spreads from one room to the other or the noise that comes from the outside. Louvered doors may also be a source of the noise. If you want to fix these issues you can check out my article on amazing ways to soundproof louvered doors, windows. For further reading on how to soundproof your windows, you can also check out this article which took me a week to complete.
Insulated Glass Window and Inserts
There is a big difference between installing a standard window and an insulated one. Insulated windows and walls will help you to block out the sound that comes from outside your home and will provide you a noise-free environment which is a must-have for noise-sensitive people. No sounds can also escape the interior of your home. Still, to be able to get the best results, you need to be sure that all the windows are closed.
Installing window inserts to block outside noises can also be a good option. They are in the form of clear glass panes or acrylic and you can set these over your existing window. This method will give you also an advantage. Whenever you want to enjoy fresh air, you can just quickly pop them off the window.
Using Noise-Canceling Curtains To Seal Noise
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What easier way to keep your home quiet than having good quality noise-canceling curtains? Still, there are few things to consider:
- Don’t go for the ones made with light material.
- Instead, try finding good quality, thick material such as velvet or wool core stitched fabric, to help absorb the loud noises.
And one other thing to consider is you should try using pleated style curtains instead of flat ones as they may double the noise-canceling effect.
Soundproof The Ceiling
You can also reduce disturbing noise by soundproofing your ceiling and you can easily do that by investing either in acoustic ceiling tiles or drop ceiling systems. If you want to avoid office styles designs, but on the other hand still want to have good quality acoustic ceiling systems, you can choose molded plaster style ceiling tiles.
Fixing Your Flooring
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There are a couple of reasons why you would want to soundproof your floor or any floor at that. One reason is you’re getting a lot of complaints from a neighbor or family member about the noise you create upstairs.
What that means is that the noise is coming from your floor level down to the lower level. Another reason is the noise directly below your floor is invading your space and causing a lot of annoyance for you.
In either case, you will need to use soundproofing materials to reduce the amount of noise traveling up from below or down from your floor. Examples of soundproofing materials for your floor includes acoustic underlayments and insulations. For a simpler solution, you can consider covering your flooring with wall-to-wall carpet tiles. You can check out my complete guide on soundproofing your floor to get detailed information about the subject.
Using Soundproofing Panels To Seal Noise
Certain rooms in the house such as the laundry room are likely to be noisier due to the loud devices. Investing in thick panels to soundproof to walks, in this case, can solve this problem. You can also use the same method for your living room.
For instance, if you and your partner tend to have different tastes while watching the TV, you can simply invest in an acoustic room divider.
However, the important thing to keep in mind is that these types of insulations might be expensive if you use them to cover the entire room or multiple rooms. Therefore, before investing one, it can be a good idea to calculate which rooms (or walks) actually need this type of insulation.
Heavy Furniture Near The Walls
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This method is especially helpful when you line furniture along shared outside walls to really lower the noises. Moreover, investing in the sound-absorbing wall objects can be a good option to consider. A hanging object can simply be anything like regular photograph frames, paintings, or even your own artwork.
Using objects can also bring an aesthetical look to your room. If you already have your objects, you can also modify them through DIY foam stitching. All you need to do is simply attaching a piece of foam using glue or stitching to the back of the wall art before mounting it to the wall.
Soft Furniture To Seal Noise
Replacing hard furniture with soft furniture can make a big difference. As you may guess sound waves are known to bounce off hard surfaces but absorb through soft ones. Therefore, adding soft furnishing in your living room and soft carpeting on the floor as much as possible can help to absorb the sounds.
Fan and White Noise Machine
Investing in a running fan or white noise machine is considered by many people as an effective way of masking disturbing noises. White noise is a constant sound frequency that provides relaxation and masks other, unwanted noises.
Using Drywall and Double Pane Windows To Seal Noise
The fact that drywall materials are used for the interior of homes during construction is generally known fact. They are quick and easy to install and they require only simple repairs when damaged. In addition to all of this, they last for a long time and can be easily improved, when needed.
When you consider all of these advantages, it makes sense to invest in good quality drywall materials to seal disturbing noises. If you also invest in double pane windows, you should expect energy savings in the long-term and more importantly, a quiet environment you always wanted. For their outstanding performances when sealing noises, drywall and double pane windows stand out from other alternatives.
The Final Words
I shared this article with you after a very intense and productive research. I am sure there will be a definitive solution to your problems.
Whether your solution is as simple as wall-to-wall carpet tiles or a more expensive one like wooden fences, at the end of the day, combining even these seemingly simple solutions can work wonders.
Now you know how to do it. So what are you waiting for? As the philosopher, Dave Gahan once said: “Enjoy the silence!” Cheers!