How to Soundproof your house from outside noise?

Oct 13, 2020

When in the comfort of your home, you certainly want to enjoy the peace and quiet. However, this may not always be the case especially if you live near a busy street or in an apartment building. Noise from outside and from the neighbors can be quite distracting especially at night when you just need some rest.

If you are wondering how to soundproof your house from outside noise, then this article is meant for you.

 

1. Soundproof your windows

When it comes to letting outside noise get into a room, the windows are usually the biggest culprits. But if you’ve got really old wooden windows, there’s not much you can do to soundproof them beside changing it. However, there could be a couple of reasons behind it. Check if there’s gaps and holes around the frames, see if air is getting through the closed window, examine the glass.

You can either spend few more and insert double-pane PVC windows and window inserts or can carry out the following ways:

  • Seal the gaps and holes
  • Use a closed cell weatherstripping foam tape
  • If the windows are not shutting properly, you could get rubber gaskets
  • Hang heavy soundproof curtains

 

2. Modify your outside walls

With time, interior walls develop cracks, holes, and gaps. These become the fastest way through which outside noise will get into the room. It is, therefore, crucial that you seal all the gaps and cracks.

If you want to achieve maximum effectiveness, then your best bet would be to tear down the wall and add some sound blockers. However, this is as time-consuming as it is expensive. Installing insulation products, such as ceiling panels, mass-loaded-vinyl, neoprene rubber, viscoelastic foam, and fibreglass behind walls can drastically lessen the amount of noise coming in, or out, of your home.

 

3. Work on the outside doors

If the doors inside your home are hollow, you may consider replacing them with solid doors. Of course, they are much more expensive and will have you looking for a professional so as to get it fitted.

However, there are numerous cheaper alternatives too. You can get a soundproof blanket, attach a door sweep to seal the gap at the bottom. Moreover, installing weathering strips to your door frames not only helps to stop heat loss but can also help to hamper noise traveling throughout your home.

 

4. Soundproof the air vents

The air vents are another way through which noise from outside gets into the room. They are simply large holes in the walls that let air and sound in freely.

If you do not find them necessary, you can block off the air vent entirely with drywall. You can fill them with a Soundproofing Sealant.

However, if you still wish to have access to some fresh air, then you will have to soundproof the air vent. You can cover the Vent with Soundproof Curtains or Blankets. Building a Noise-Reducing Maze Inside of the Ven is an effective way of reducing noise while maintaining airflow at the same time.

 

5. Insulate floors and ceilings

Soundproofing floors and ceilings may not be totally necessary in order to get rid of outside noise. However, in an apartment building, you may need to step up your soundproofing efforts.

Using a drop ceiling is one of the easiest ways to soundproof your ceiling. As for the floors, thick fluffy carpets and rubber mats should help you reduce noise from outside. You can also add an extra layer of carpets or play around with some of the heavy furniture you have for better results.