Soundproofing: The answer to when sound becomes noise

The vibrations of life all around us. Whether it be music or children playing, sound carries with it the echoes of being alive. What happens then, when the sound becomes excessive or unwanted? Others call it noise but we shall just call it a setback with the aid of soundproofing.

Soundproofing without getting too technical, is simply cancelling out the sound waves from a source or from bouncing off a receiver. The reasons for pursuing this endeavor can be shortened to a few examples:

  • It’s extensively used in music studio rooms so as to achieve and gather a high quality sound output.
  • It can be used in the home to block out unwanted interference from a study or home office.
  • Commercially, bars and clubs use the technique to contain sound within their premises.

Regardless of the reason, some isolation from noise can be positive whether to insulate others or yourself from it. There are various ways of sound proofing rooms:

1. The use of sound absorbing materials. Softer surfaces tend to absorb sound while harder surfaces reflect the sound waves.

  • A simple do it yourself technique would be to, mount/install thick blankets against the walls to absorb some of the sound waves. Another inexpensive technique is by placing rubber door sweeps under the gaps of doors.
  • Sound curtains can be purchased and installed as well if you are willing to spend a little more money as compared to blankets.
  • Installing padded carpets as opposed to tiles or hard wood floors. Another popular material is acoustic ceilings which are relatively inexpensive.
  • Companies manufacture and sell sound acoustic panels for walls much similar to those used in music studios. Depending on the amount you want covered, these can be highly effective.

2. An alternative to additions/alterations, though more expensive but highly effective is sound proof construction. This can be achieved in a number of steps by:

  • Making walls denser or thicker with the use of dry wall to absorb more sound.
    Separating walls from each other by adding space between them as well as adding a damping compound which is sold and can be in the form of noise proofing glue.
  • Soundproofing of floors and ceilings can be done much the same way as walls by adding more dry wall and leaving a space in between and filling with damping compound. In addition, acoustic panels can be purchased and installed for a more efficient finish.

Whether it is to reduce the sound leakage into another room or improve the sound quality in a particular space, soundproofing can be the answer to the problem of when sound becomes noise.