We’ve had to deal with noisy neighbors from time to time. An angry couple up stairs, a vocal family next door with their windows open, or your own baby (or fur-baby) having a rough night and letting EVERYONE know about it. But did you know that in the long term, noise exposure is actually unhealthy? High levels of environmental noise have been linked to a variety of stress-related health conditions, including a significantly elevated risk of stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure.
But you can take steps to limit and reduce the noise exposure you get in your home, and also keep your own noise (screaming babies, barking dogs, and more) to yourself. Here’s how you should start:
To effectively soundproof a space your first priority are any openings or weak points in the surface, so first target your windows and doors. Think of it this way: any areas that increase energy loss also increase sound transfer (door jams and window frames in particular). Many homeowners actually find that closing off exterior noise also improves energy efficiency to a great degree, as the home becomes far better at retaining heat or cold in the winter and summer months.
To soundproof your windows:
To soundproof your exterior doors:
When you’re working on recordings, or you have a new baby and you’ll be splitting nights taking care of them, having a soundproofed bedroom, nursery, or workspace can be a lifesaver. The main strategies here involve, once again, closing off gaps and holes in or out of the room and adding insulation.
Depending on your needs and the level of noise coming in, remodeling may just be your best bet to really drop ambient noise levels and give you the privacy and peace you need.
When remodeling to reduce noise transfer you’ll want to add a layer of drywall over the existing walls, ideally with soundproofing drywall or another relatively thick (5/8-inch) drywall. These new sheets should be attached directly to the existing drywall with a soundproofing compound, and painted with soundproofing paint for extra measure.
From odd-jobs like door or window replacements, to full-scale home remodeling work, contact Amber Valley Construction. We’re an independent, locally owned and operated home remodeling contractor based right here in Wyoming MI, and we’d love to help meet your needs and give you the peace and tranquility you deserve in your home!