What is sound proofing?

Sound proofing can be defined as being able to reduce the ability of sound to travel between two points and it can achieve this by either adsorbing the sound or reducing it.  Due to increases in technology and the popularity of home professional recording studios, sound proofing a room in residential homes has become very popular especially in properties where tenants share walls such as flats, terraced and semi-detached homes.

The transmission of sound can cause noise pollution, confidentially issues and privacy matters.  Unwanted noise such as loud music, a loud piece of equipment and loud talking can transmit into a quieter area of space.   This can not only be an annoyance but it must be remembered that this unwanted noise can arrive into a quieter space to make it unusable for its purpose.  There are some areas where spaces require confidentiality and unwanted noise can invade this.

What are the basics of sound proofing?

In order for you to get to understand sound proofing you should know how sound is blocked.  There are a small number of ways in which sound can be reduced or blocked, they include space, dampening and sound insulations.

SPACE

The idea behind space is that the further away you are from the sound the less likely you are to hear.

DAMPENING

Dampening is a bit more complex but put simply it is a way of absorbing sound by forcing these sound waves to travel through various layers of material that have different densities.  Ultimately the sound gets absorbed and becomes less likely for it to be airborne.

SOUND INSULATIONS

Materials are used to reduce the level of sound that enters a room/house from the outside or other rooms.  These can either be added as part of a home improvement project or during the construction of a new build property.

How does sound insulation work?

Sound will transmit anywhere where there is a gap including the floor, ceilings, wall and even the air.  Traffic from noisy neighbours, loud music and loud traffic will move from one room to the next.  Insulation will act as a good sound absorber, effectively minimising the noise that enters the room.

It will act as a barrier, making it sound proof.

There are many approaches you can use to sound proof a room but the first thing you should do is contact a professional who has the experience and expertise to carry out the job.  Do not consider trying to do this yourself as the end result will not be as appealing.  Professionals have access to the right materials for the job.  They use only industry standard and approved materials which have been sourced with the job in mind.

Plus a professional can provide a range of advice; they are most definitely the right people for the job.  If it is your ultimate requirement to sound proof a room, you deserve the best possible result to ensure you are satisfied for many years to come.

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