Soundproofing Mistakes: 5 to Avoid

When it comes to soundproofing your home and office you’ll find that the original research to figure out the problem may take just a bit of time. The truth, though, is that despite the amount of time it takes to identify a sound problem, the process of solving that problem really isn’t very difficult. You’ll need to do some research on the types of soundproofing materials available on the market today but even that time will seem effortless. Creating a sound barrier is something almost anyone can do with little effort, at minimal cost, and without the aid of a professional.

Despite this knowledge, there are quite a number of people out there who believe that soundproofing is difficult. They rely on bad resources and make soundproofing mistakes that, in the end, only make their sound problems worse. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid as you begin your own soundproofing journey.

Never Hire a Consultant

Here’s a secret about soundproofing consultants. Unless you’re trying to create a professional-grade music studio, you don’t need their assistance. An acoustical consultant will come to your house, search for the source of your sound problem, make recommendations for a solution, and then send you a huge bill. The truth is that you can find the source of your sound problem on your own after learning a bit about the basics of soundproofing. Save your money.

Don’t Listen to Bad Advice

As soon as you start telling people you have a sound problem, everyone you know will start telling you how to solve it – and you’re going to hear some strange suggestions. Just for the record, painting your walls with dark paint, nailing mattresses to the walls, or pumping your walls with cellulose will not solve your sound issues. Purchase a high-quality soundproofing material and get the job done right the first time.

Avoid Jumping to Conclusions

Your neighbor’s teenage sun plays his radio all night long and his bedroom window faces yours. Your neighbor must know this is happening, right? He’s obviously letting it happen to piss you off, right? Wrong. I bet if you knock on your neighbor’s door to talk to him (politely), he’ll be pretty shocked about the levels of sound leaving his home. He’ll probably even fix the problem. How amicable is that?!

Don’t Call the Police

Calling the police, unless you have some drunk neighbors or teens hanging around, is pretty futile. The cops can’t stop your neighbor’s dog from barking and your neighbors won’t like you very much for complaining. Instead, try to create a sound barrier of your own and move on with your life. Unless there’s a serious problems, the police can’t do much for you.

Stop Guessing

Guessing as to the source of your sound problem does not work. Guessing as to the technique you should use to solve said sound problem is even worse. Research a few soundproofing techniques and then determine which will work best for your situation. Most involve the use of Green Glue, mass loaded vinyl, and acoustical caulk. You don’t know until you do your research. Anything else is a waste of time and money.

Follow these guidelines and your soundproofing efforts will go much smoother – guaranteed!

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