Believe it or not, you do not need to hire a soundproofing expert or consultant for your home project. All you need is a bit of common sense and a plan and even you, as a beginner, can begin to soundproof different areas of your home. You will definitely want to take the following elements of soundproofing into consideration before you begin.
Know Your Purpose
Why do you want to start a sound proofing project? Are you having problems with your neighbors? Is your house old and creaky? Do the kids disturb you while you’re trying to work in your home office? Maybe you’d like to create a private music studio. The reason for your project is important because it will help you to create the right plan of action before you begin your project.
What is the Source of the Noise?
Don’t even bother trying to start a home soundproofing project without first identifying the source of the noise in question. What you think is the source of the noise may not really be it and if you aren’t sure you might waste a lot of time and money attempting to apply the wrong techniques. Different types of sounds (high vs. low frequencies) also require the use of different sound control methods.
Understanding Soundproofing Products
After you’ve identified the reason for your project and/or the source of your noise you’ll have to decide whether you need soundproofing products that absorb or block noise. If you’re building a music room, for example, you might want sound absorption products that will not allow the noise to escape the room. If you’re trying to block the sound of your neighbors partying every Friday night you may need sound blocking product. Noise proofing compounds, like Green Glue, are available for both types of project.
Stick to Your Budget
Not everyone can afford to hire a professional consultant and purchase top of the line materials. Truth be told, the more expensive soundproofing materials are not always the most effective. Set your soundproofing budget and make sure you stick as close to it as possible. You should have no trouble finding effective soundproofing materials within your budget range.
Plan your project carefully and don’t rush. The better you plan the less likely you will be to make a mistake and regret your choices later on down the line!