In a perfect world, we would live in peace and quiet. There would be no noise to irritate us and we would be able to work, play and rest in tranquility. Unfortunately, the world is far from ideal. Whether you are at home, work or in the car, we are assaulted
constantly by noise. Most of us reluctantly accept this as part of daily existence but there is certainly certain things that you can do to alleviate this situation. The most effective solution is soundproofing. It employs materials that absorb sound vibration and structures that reduce sound interference.
Achieving a quiet home or office takes quite some work but if you want to relax in a quiet place as you enjoy a good book, then it is a well worth effort. Here are 6 tips for soundproofing within your home
1. Install Acoustilay on floors
Installing acoustilay as an underlay for the floor finish is by far the easiest way to improve sound insulation performance of a timber floor.
2. Install maxiboards on walls and ceilings
High performance composite maxiboards are effective in reducing interference through walls and ceilings. To reduce transmission of noise from noisy neighbors through the walls, you should install Maxiboards of Maxi resilient. They offer maximum
acoustic performance while using minimum space.
Noise from above by be reduced by installing Maxiboard dropped ceiling.
3. Use mineral fibre
Mineral fibre is an effective sound absorber as well as an excellent thermal insulation material. However, it does not provide high sound insulation performance. For maximum sound absorption, you should include other absorption material in conjunction with
acoustic isolation such as resilient bars and heavy board materials such as maxideck and maxiboard.
4. Reduce movements
Creaking and squeaking floorboards cause big nuisance. There is no definite solution to this problem. It is just a case of ensuring that the timber joists are stiffed using noggins and plates and ensuring the timber floorboards are screwed perfectly. After
carrying out this, you can install acoustilay to reduce transmission of noise through the floors.
5. Control noise from the washing machine
Install Acoustilay insulation boards beneath noisy washing machines and other noisy appliances to reduce transmission of vibration. These boards are only slightly thick hence can be accommodated under most household appliances.
6. Consider secondary glazing
Just like water, sound exploits the paths with least resistance. Windows on the external walls present easy transmission paths for sound and can allow great deal of noise such as aeroplane and road traffic noise.
The most effective way to reduce this is by secondary glazing. This involves the addition of a slim, well sealed second window to an existing window.