Sounding Out the Necessities of Soundproofing Your Home
Do you stay near the MRT, road or have noisy neighbours who like to keep you up all night?
Have you ever sat down for a quiet cuppa as you slowly thought about life, before being greeted by the screech of chairs being dragged or an aspiring rock-musician’s relentless clanging?
Before you head over to your neighbour’s ready for a catfight, hear what we have to offer.
Welcome to the respite of a soundproofed home as we introduce various methods to shut the noise out.
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The Denser, The Better
Not all plasterboard walls are constructed the same. The denser the wall is, the better.
Installing an inner plasterboard wall with gaps in between its layers is much more effective than a regular one or a partition.
A masonry wall will also do the trick.
Its density minimises sound vibrations travelling through the other wall.
Otherwise, you can also put in insulation like fibreglass into your wall cavity.
This offers greater sound insulation for your home!
Apply This to Walls and Ceilings
The same concept goes for your walls and ceilings. Build a false ceiling or plasterboard drop ceiling to add insulation and increase density.
You can opt from a variety of materials to construct your false ceiling. For example, mineral wool is a common choice that reduces noise penetration by up to 5 decibels.
Polyurethane is another option that eliminates penetration by up to 17 decibels (depending on thickness).
Unlike the former, it will not wear down over time.
After installing your ceiling, consider filling the gap with an appropriate insulator material to absorb unwanted noise.
And yes, there exists sound-absorbing paint to cut down on noise!
Work on Your Windows
Be careful when selecting your window materials.
Double-glazed, triple pane glass and laminated windows provide good sound insulation.
Their compression gaskets and multiple sections effectively block out noise when closed.
You can also fill in gaps or cracks with acoustic caulk sealant to do the trick.
Do Up Your Doors
If your doors are already in place and you don’t want to change them, you can install a drop seal to fill up the space under your doors.
If you prefer to DIY, get an air sweep or draft block to dampen sounds. You can also fill it with a strong rubber layer.
However, your door must be of acoustic material, because hollow ones will not work.
Use solid-wood, particleboard-core or composite-core materials when selecting your door.
The Final Step: Flooring
Let’s fill up your floor.
Sound and vibrations from nearby train tracks and highways can be frustrating.
Carpeting your home or using vinyl flooring gives you sound insulation effects without breaking the bank.
You can also go for high-pile rugs with suitable density levels to reduce any unwanted sounds.