Home Decor & Soundproofing
Ever gotten mad at the unbearably loud noise coming from the next house that just doesn’t seem to stop? Or wanted to curl up in your bed and block every last bit of the construction sounds going on in your neighborhood? And even in your own home, have you ever wished that your kids would stop playing their music systems loud enough to wake up everybody on the block? If these are your inherent wishes, then maybe you should give soundproofing a thought. Sound is nothing by vibrations or waves and with proper materials and technology, it is easy to block the noise either wholly or partially.
Two simple steps can go a long way if you are not planning to spend a lot of money on renovations right now. One is distance. The farther away you can get from the source of the sound, the softer will it get. So you might consider shifting your child’s music practice to the garage, or spending time in the room farthest from the noise. But not all of us have the luxury of space so many a times we cannot get away from the loud noises emanating from around us. However, there is another option. Sound usually creeps in though cracks in the doors and windows or through unblocked pathways. So having a barrier between you and the sound is an easy fix. So get the cracks in your doors and windows repaired and you might even add a second wall (much like thermal insulation) to further aid noise reduction. These are essentially basic noise barriers that absorb or reflect the energy coming from the sound waves thus leading to a more peaceful environment in your home or work zone.
In most residential soundproofing ventures, use of honey combs or air chambers and double pane windows is the most common. They offer a minimum level of noise blockage. Other than that, heavy curtains fastened at the edges also do the trick. It depends mostly on the material of the curtains being used.
There are some other methods too for sound proofing a home or any given place. Damping is a great process where resonance in a room is reduced by absorption or redirection. Absorption is another great technique wherein the intervening object transforms the sound energy into a very small amount of heat energy. There are two kinds of absorbers- porous absorbers and resonant absorbers. Reflection is a process mostly used in the outdoors, where the sound waves are reflected upwards towards the sky using panelling or embankments. An acoustic diffuser is installed in the diffusion process which helps in scattering sound.
The RWAR (Room Within A Room) is one of the most widely used soundproofing technique which though expensive, yields great results. Solid structural elements are used along with acoustic foam which truly makes a room soundproof. It does not let the noise come in nor let loud noises get out.
It all depends in the end on your need and the level of noise in your surroundings. You yourself know what are the best method that suits your needs. Happy soundproofing!