9 Hot Soundproofing Tips

Are you ready to dive in and get started with your first soundproofing project? Small or large, your project is important. We know that creating a good noise reduction barrier can be a lot of work – and somewhat expensive if not done carefully. Your soundproofing efforts don’t need to be a nightmare. Just remember to follow a few of these simple tips.

9. Move your entertainment center, speakers, and radios off of the floor. When those materials are in use they cause vibrations – vibrations that carry across your floors and up your walls – adding noise and even enhancing it. Try placing speakers on their own stands to keep them elevated and will enhance your soundproofing efforts.

8. Buy some good weather stripping and make sure all of your doors, including the interior doors, are sealed. Make sure the edges of your exterior doors are property sealed with acoustical caulk to ensure no sound from outside seeps through.

7. Place thick rubber pads, measuring at least 1/2 to 1 inch thick, under the corners of your heavy appliances (like the washer, dryer, and fridge). The rubber will help to absorb some of the noise made by your appliances as they are running. Can’t find rubber pads? Try mass loaded vinyl strips instead.

6. Remove the covers from your electrical outlets and fill in the gaps around the actual outlet with soundproofing materials. Acoustical caulk will work well here as well. Make sure the entire area is sealed off before replacing the outlet covers.

5. Install a layer of Green Glue between your existing wall and a new layer of drywall. Doing so will create a very effective sound barrier with little work.

4. Plant evergreen trees around your yard. They’ll grow into a natural sound barrier that looks great at the sameĀ  time.

3. Continue your landscaping and sound proofing efforts by planting shrubs near your windows. They’ll look great in front of your home and will provide you with some additional, natural soundproofing as well.

2. Check the areas around your heavy appliances and fill in any spaces between them and the walls surrounding them. That space is the perfect place for sound to vibrate and is likely causing additional noise to carry through your walls.

1. Turn off the lights and look around the room you want to soundproof. Do you see light creeping in from an outside source? If so, sound can enter as well. Seal those spaces with acoustical caulk, too!

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