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Live Near a Noisy Street? Try These 5 Ways to Help Soundproof Your Home
Dated: December 12 2019
You’ve found a home you love—you just don’t love the noise from the busy street nearby. Car engines, horns, screeching tires, and sirens can all disrupt your peace and quiet. Here are five ways to help soundproof your home.
Install a Barrier Fence
It may seem obvious, and that’s because it works. Your barrier fence should be solid and thick, since soundwaves are deflected by dense objects. Materials like natural stone, brick, and stucco-covered concrete masonry are all ideal for blocking sound. The added bonuses of barrier fencing are extra privacy, and safety for children and pets.
Weather Strip Your Doors
Just like air, sound travels through gaps and spaces around your door. Door soundproofing or weather stripping can create a tight seal. To soundproof use self-adhesive soundproofing tape. A weather stripped threshold and rubber bulb weather stripping gaskets will help seal perimeter gaps.
Replace or Repair Windows
If you’re in the market to replace your windows, upgrading them to double or triple-paned with PVC framing can dramatically lessen noise pollution. Repairing breaches in your wooden windows and frames can also help to cut down on outside noise.
Use Sound-absorbing Materials
When outside noise penetrates your home, believe it or not, your interior finishes can help provide another line of defense. Since sound bounces off of hard surfaces like hardwood floors, tile, and laminate floors, try installing padded carpeting to dampen outdoor noise. If you don’t want to cover up your hardwoods, a thick area rug can work well. But don’t stop there. You can curtail even more outdoor racket by hanging curtains made from a heavy fabric.
Install Sound-blocking Interior Doors
Most interior doors are “hollow-core” and don’t block sound. To help prevent noise from traveling room-to-room install composite-core, particleboard-core, or solid-wood doors.
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