How to Make a House Quiet

Written by louise balle
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Peace and quiet in your home contributes to your overall quality of life. Common noises come from both the outside and from other occupants. If you live in a house with other people or in a bustling area with outdoor noise, you have a few options for reducing the sounds you may commonly hear around the home.

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Things you need

  • Caulking
  • Insulation (for both walls and floors)
  • Soundproof windows

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Instructions

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    Reinstall the carpeting in your house, using prime urethane or bonded urethane foam padding as underlayment. Try to find padding of at least 1/2 inch thick. Consider installing an additional insulating board under the padding, as well. This will help absorb more of the sounds you hear when people walk around the home.

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    Install a new layer of fibreglass insulation on the walls of your home, along with a new layer of sheet rock. Some contractors can inject liquid foam into your existing walls for insulation. The added insulation helps shield individual rooms from sounds from the other parts of the house as well as outside sounds.

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    Caulk open edges and cracks near doors. Add weatherstripping around windows. You can identify openings by running a feather next to all your doors and windows. If the feather moves, you have a draft. This will help keep out sounds from outside as well as inside if you caulk the rooms of interior doors within the home.

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    Replace your old windows with new soundproof ones. Soundproof windows contain laminated glass and extra layers to stop sound from coming through from outdoors.

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    Soundproof all of the doors in your home using acoustic panel kits. Simply attach the foam panel to the front or back of your door. This helps prevent noise from travelling in or out of the room.

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