Soundproofing Mistakes: 5 More to Avoid

A while back we talked about 5 soundproofing mistakes everyone should avoid making. While soundproofing isn’t difficult, we do admit that there is a unique set of challenges involved. The good news is that beginners can avoid mistakes by simply informing themselves. So here are 5 more tips to help you avoid some serious soundproofing mishaps.

5. Soundproofing isn’t about Getting Even

Some people think that their neighbors are out to get them – purposely making noise to drive them up a wall day and night. While in a few situations this might be true, the reality of the situation is that most people don’t realize they’re noisy. Attempting to make your own noise to “counter” theirs won’t help your situation at all. It might just make it worse.

Try talking to your neighbor, or to whoever is causing the noise you’re concerned about. A short, friendly conversation might just do the trick.

4. Don’t Buy Crummy Materials

Soundproofing materials come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, and designs. Never walk into a home improvement store and grab the first thing you see from the shelf.

You’re going to find that, unless you are using a multi-purpose material, each has its own purpose. Some block sound, some absorb sound, and some – like Green Glue – do both. Figure out what type of problem you have before you choose a material.

3. Coping Stinks

Truth be told, there is no reason for you to think you have to merely cope with a sound problem. Believe it or not, endless levels of sound are actually very bad for your health – both metnally and physically. You don’t realize it, but you are always making adjustments to compensate for the sound you are hearing.

Don’t cope with sound problems. You’ll eventually become stressed out and you might even make yourself sick. Figure out the cause of your problem, apply a soundproofing solution, and live a quieter life.

2. Using Laminated Glass

We have a secret. Yes, windows are a huge source of noise. Many people will recommend replacing your float glass with a layer of laminated glass. Laminated glass does work better for soundproofing, but it’s not as spectacular as people would lead you to believe.

Your best bet is to purchase a second sheet of float glass and attach it to the window frame you already have, creating a cavity measuring 1-2 inches between both glass layers. It’s easier than replacing your glass altogether, will cost you less, and is actually a bit more effective.

1. Filling in Cavities

Believe it or not, a space does not need to be solid to be soundproof – it merely needs to be airtight. The two are not the same thing. As long as you seal the seams around the edges of a space, so that air cannot pass through, you’ll have an effective sound barrier. Sometimes solid materials actually help sound to vibrate – not great for soundproofing at all!

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