1In this era of technology, we rely on machines to do a lot of work for us. Household appliances have replaced manual labor and they have surely made our lives easier. Though these loud machines facilitate us in all walks of life, they can also be a nuisance sometimes. The hardest part is that these machines have penetrated our daily life entirely and it might be impossible to give them up easily.

Our morning starts with the ringing of an alarm, then the familiar sound of the coffee machine churning. It’s the same all day long; these digital beeps, though reassuring, can be quite annoying at times. Then there are the noisy neighbors who just cannot stop blaring those speakers. It’s a shame that you can’t even get some rest and peace in your own house.

Fortunately for you, there are a number of ways you can soundproof your house. These ways will help alleviate the sound pollution in your house and enable you to get some much needed peace and quiet. So before you start on the renovation of your home design, consider taking a look at these sound-proofing solutions.

Replace noise emitting appliances

Your first step should be to identify which one of your home appliances makes the most noise and then replace it with a quieter version. It might be impossible for you to replacing all the appliances at once, that’s why you have to start with the one that causes the most disturbance. With this objective in mind, you can gradually replace all noise causing appliances. Manufacturers nowadays have identified this problem and over the recent years, have produced appliances that don’t emit too much noise.

Add carpets or rugs

Uncovered floors and noise pollution within the house go hand in hand. Uncovered floors are bound to make unwanted noise and can echo all over the house. Areas with high foot traffic can be generally disturbing if they are kept uncovered. And that is where carpets and rugs come in the picture.

Sound absorbing materials like carpets and rugs can help control the noise pollution within the house. Sound bouncing can make any room seem loud and noisy, especially during renovation. Carpets and rugs are not only an inexpensive way to sound proof your home from exterior noises, but they are also effective at absorbing interior sounds.2

Even if you don’t want to go for a full carpeted house, placing rugs in ‘problem areas’ or high foot traffic areas will definitely reduce those unwanted noises. Just pick whatever goes best with your home design.

Give sound-absorbing paint a try

Sounds strange, right? Don’t be skeptical, these things really do exist. What do they exactly do? Well, they can reduce the noise travelling inside your house up to 30%! They successfully reflect most of the noises and absorb the excess sounds in your house that cause disturbances. By applying this ‘coat of silence’, you ensure that noise doesn’t get in the house from outside, and also that it doesn’t travel within the house.

Just make sure that you apply enough coat of paint to mask the unwanted noises. Also remember that these paints are really good for dampening the noise, they don’t actually eliminate all sound travelling. You might still be able to hear some loud noises but they will be reduced significantly. When out shopping for paint for renovation, make sure you get the right advice.

Replace squeaky doors or flooring

Squeaky floors and doors might not be much of a bother during day time, but when all is quiet at night, even the smallest squeak can disturb you. The easy way out? Fix them. Instead of replacing the whole flooring or door during renovation, just fix the part that squeaks the most.

This usually happens when wooden boards get loose and rub against each other or the floor. The problem can easily be fixed by lubricating the boards. If lubricating doesn’t work, try using a little talcum powder or powdered graphite. This will help reduce the squeaking. But to downright eliminate the disturbing sound, replace the boards and sound-proof your house.

Most of the doors are hollow core which makes them ineffective at blocking sounds. There’s a way to rectify this problem; the next time you plan a renovation, opt for sound-blocking doors. They are simply doors that have a solid core. The sturdy material makes the doors better at sound proofing your house. They are going to be a bit expensive but when you finally get the peace and quiet you want, it is money well spent.

Hang some thick curtains

Curtains made from tightly woven fabric will not only keep the sun out but the thick material also absorbs sound. Velvet, embroidered brocade or wool would be the best materials for curtains. The right way to hang curtains is to make sure that they don’t just cover the window, but also the wall above and below. This way, their sound reduction property can be magnified, making them another effective and inexpensive way to sound proof your home after renovation.

3Add insulation during renovation

Your home design may differ from those of your neighbors but adding insulation should be your first priority. You can’t overlook this step during renovation because installing insulation in the walls is the most effective way of sound proofing your home. It’s a genuine issue; thin walls let sound travel throughout the house. By installing insulation you make sure that your house remains peaceful and quiet, just the way you like it.

Your home design reflects your personality but unless it can control noise, it’s no good. By adopting these ways, you will be able to make your house sound proof by minimizing sound transference. So the next time you want to relax at home, the loud barking of that neighborhood dog won’t be a nuisance. So don’t wait up, start on this renovation project and enjoy some well earned relaxing time. Remember, silence is golden.





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