Tips To Noise Proof Your Home

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  • Author Diana Berdini
  • Published March 8, 2007
  • Word count 454

Whether it is aircraft overhead, traffic, a neighbor practicing the saxophone, or your own kids at play, often our homes are not as quiet and peaceful as we’d like them to be.

Taking some measures to sound proof your home has lots of payoffs. Not only will you reduce noise and add value to your property, but you will be helping to reduce the stress that excessive noise can cause.

Start by determining which areas of your home are most in need of sound proofing. Noise can come from outside your home as well as from inside your home so check noise that comes through windows, from the basement and attic. Don’t forget to think about preventing noise from getting out of your home as well as getting into your home.

The Ontario Real Estate Association suggests using this handy check list to determine where your problem areas are:

Single glass window panes and wood window frames are the lease resistant to noise. Double pane glass can reduce noise by about 20 per cent, while vinyl frames can reduce it by as much as 50 per cent.

If replacing a window is too expensive an option, consider using a removable “plug” to block the sound coming through the window. The “plug” will block light but if it’s the bedroom window and the noise is keeping you awake, it shouldn’t be a problem. The “plug” will also offer insulation from the winter cold and heat of summer.

A plug can easily be made by measuring the window frame and the depth of the window sill. Usually, one thickness of a two inch mat will do. While the sound proofing mat is relatively stiff, you may want to attach it to a lightweight wood or fiber board using contact cement. The plug should fit a window very tight without any cracks. For easy handling, attach some handles to it.

Many attics lack insulation. Adding insulation can not only help cut down on heating bills, but help soundproof your home. Extra layers of asphalt roofing can also increase your home’s noise tolerance, especially to aircraft.

In well built homes, you’ll notice that doors in a hallway don’t line up across from each other. This is to prevent sound from traveling across and through open doors. Staggering entrances and closing doors will help to minimize noise.

At least 25 per cent of a room should have some absorbent material like carpeting or furniture to absorb noise.

Never sound proof a garage, when you can sound proof a basement. The cement foundation of a home absorbs noise. You will have to sound proof the basement ceiling though.

May you always enjoy your peace and quiet!

Diana Lea Berdini is a real estate broker in the Collingwood and Georgian Triangle area. For more information about John and Di, please visit their Collingwood Real Estate Website.

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