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When it comes to soundproofing your home, you most likely have a few rooms in mind for soundproofing or specific noises you want to block. Once you decide on the specific areas in need of soundproofing, working from the outside in is a smart and effective option. But don’t take on any soundproofing task without knowing potential mistakes!
Here are the top 4 outdoor soundproofing mistakes people don’t know they’re making at the time of their project:
Caring Too Much About Cost
While cost is obviously an important factor when it comes to the soundproofing materials and solution you decide to purchase, don’t get so caught up on your wallet! It’s more important to choose the noise barrier solution that’s truly the best solution for your project—don’t lose sight of the reason you want to soundproof in the first place!
Using Materials/Solutions Designed for Indoor Soundproofing
Many people assume that all soundproofing materials and solutions fall into one big group. But did you know there are some solutions that are meant for indoor settings and others that will be more effective outdoors? If you come across an option that seems like it’ll be effective for your problem, do your research! For example, an indoor solution used outdoors is less likely to have sufficient UV protection and will potentially rapidly deteriorate when exposed to direct sunlight.
Opting for a Reflective Noise Barrier Instead of an Absorptive One
Everyone knows what an echo is. When you’re trying to eliminate unwanted noise, echoes (reflected sound) are the enemy! Some of the more common traditional reflective barriers like concrete don’t actually eliminate sound. Instead, they just simply end up sending noise in a different direction. If you want to truly eliminate unwanted sound, you need to have absorptive noise barriers in place; ultimately, this will diffuse and absorb sound waves.
Choosing a Noise Barrier That’s Too Short
The basic rule of thumb for how tall a noise barrier should be is: the height of the barrier should be at least as tall as the line-of-sight between the noise source and the receiver, but add 30 percent! Forgetting about the 30 percent is the most common mistake! And while the rule of thumb is a helpful but basic guide, if you want to ensure a mistake isn’t made, your best bet is to enlist the help of an expert.
If you’re currently dealing with noise—honking, loud music, car alarms, traffic, motorcycles, trains, pedestrian noise and anything else that might be creeping its way into your personal space—the good news is, we can help!
To ensure you get the absolute best results, call TODAY for a FREE over-the-phone consultation! One of our soundproofing experts will assist you in diagnosing your issues and offer a solution—the best approach to fix them.