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You don’t need to hire a team of acoustical engineers to find a solution to your noise problems. Many noise related issues have simple solutions you can achieve on your own, provided you do the necessary research. A successful soundproofing project, like any other home improvement project, begins with proper preparation.
Keep reading to learn about 3 of the most common soundproofing mistakes DIYers make so you can finish your own soundproofing project seamlessly.
- Ignoring the Root of the Problem
All the soundproofing in the world will be for nothing if you have cracks and gaps in your walls. Any sound leaks in a wall, especially around doors and windows, will let excess noise seep into the house unsuspectedly, rendering your soundproof panels and curtains useless.
Before you begin any soundproofing project, check your walls carefully and seal up any cracks. A simple grout will work or you can spring for a special, soundproofing sealant.
- Focusing on Glass
It is commonly believed that windows are one of the main culprits of noise problems. If you are experiencing excessive street noise, your windows may be playing a role, but installing expensive double-pane glass will do little to resolve the issue. The airtight seal of double-pane windows, not the extra glass, is what makes them better at blocking noise.
You can achieve the same result for much less money and hassle with soundproofing curtains. These curtains are designed to eliminate street noise and will create the same airtight seal around your windows for a fraction of the cost of replacing all your glass.
- Skipping the Research
There is no magic, one-size-fits-all solution for soundproofing. The first step to resolving your noise problem is understanding it. If street noise is your issue, you need an airborne noise solution. If your pipes are loud, it’s structure-borne. If there is a constant hum of background noise in your space, you might have an echo and reverberation problem. Before you begin any soundproofing project, it’s important to do some research and figure out exactly what type of noise problem you’re dealing with so that you can properly address it.
Just by doing a little research and avoiding common mistakes you can make the soundproofing process run much more smoothly. Now that you know what not to do, it’s time to get started! Still aren’t sure about something noise related? Let us know in the comments below, we’re here to help!