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February 16, 2016

Blocking Exterior Sound

Filed under: Soundproofing — Deborah Dera @ 7:44 am

airplaneIn general, noise comes from either the inside or the outside of your home. In some cases, the exterior noise can be more annoying than the interior noise. The sounds coming from cars, airplanes, neighbors, construction and others can drive you mad. If you are trying to soundproof your house, then you may want to consider these ideas to block exterior sounds.

Experts recommend multiple techniques to deal with the noise, but the following four ideas are the most common. They will help you reduce the noise and make your house a peaceful haven.

Replace Your Doors

Replacing your exterior doors can help you fight exterior noise. New doors that are solid and heavy can make a big difference. Thicker doors with soundproof material can help you eliminate the annoying sounds coming from your neighbors and their yard.

Check Your Windows

Your windows can also allow noise to seep into the house. First, you want to check the seals and caulk around your windows. Acoustical caulk may be enough to reduce noise, so you do not have to spend money on new windows. Another option is to add a second pane of glass to your existing windows. You want to have at least a one inch gap between the panes, and this can help reduce noise.

Landscaping

The right landscaping can also cut down on exterior noise. The dense bushes and plants around your house can help you by absorbing the sounds. However, a brick, concrete or stone wall around your house will not help with noise pollution because these materials cannot absorb sound.

Soundproof Your Exterior Walls

Your exterior walls can be improved with soundproofing inside. You can add a Green Glue layer and additional drywall to your walls. If you are on a budget, then you can simply focus on walls that face the exterior, or the rooms that need to be quiet like the bedrooms.

It is possible to reduce exterior sounds and noise pollution. Your home can be better and more peaceful with a few simple changes. These four ideas are easy to implement and can make a big difference in the amount of noise you hear every day.

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