Noise can disturb sleep and make peace seem like a relic of the past, whether it is the hum of nearby highway traffic or the barking of your neighbor’s dog. In addition to being room soundproofing, living in a noisy environment is unhealthy, as there is a significant link between exposure to environmental noise and heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure.
What do you need to do to block outside noise?
We experience noise from outside through windows, walls, and exterior doors. Putting a mattress against the door and hanging thick blankets over the windows may be enough to block noise if you’re dealing with a temporary situation, such as a raucous lawn party across the street. Temporary solutions include placing and removing window plugs made from acoustic foam, soundproof rubber mats, and thin wooden boards. The following tips can help you room soundproofing more permanently:
- If you want better results, use a soundproof drape that lies flat against the window or install heavy thermal curtains over the windows.
- You can purchase noise-reducing blankets that can be hung over exterior doors.
- If you wish to seal your window and door trim, you should use acoustical caulk or noise-proofing sealant since regular caulk shrink as it dry and may crack, whereas special acoustical sealants remain flexible and block more sound.
- If there is a large gap between the exterior doors and the doorframe, install rubber door sweeps or thick draft stoppers under the doors.
- A storm door to your exterior door will add a layer of sound protection and “dead air space.”
- To reduce incoming noise and drafts, create a more airtight seal by installing soundproof windows or acrylic inserts over existing windows.
As many of these soundproofing strategies double as energy-efficiency improvements in your home, they help your home run more efficiently.