How does sound travel?

Let’s admit it; unless you are lucky enough to live in a very remote area of the countryside with no other houses for miles and have very very thick walls, then unfortunately noise pollution is going to be a part of your everyday life.

You may not think you are a victim of noise pollution but even loud televisions, neighbours chatting, traffic noise and loud music are just a few examples of noise pollution that regularly invade our homes every single day.  They can be particularly unwelcoming when you are trying to relax in the comfort of your own home especially after a stressful day at work.

You may think it’s annoying and there is not much you can do about it.  But you would be completely wrong; you can do something about it today.

Before you decide to spend the rest of your life with ear muffs on we provide some ways in which you can soundproof your home.  Hopefully these tips will ensure you don’t get any noisy comments from your wallet.  You will soon love the tranquillity of the quietness.

Why should I take the decision to sound proof my home?

It is a proven fact that excessive levels of noise pollution can damage your health, both mentally and physically.  Even the government are concerned about noise pollution in the UK and there is legislation in place on all buildings.  The idea of the legislation is to give a grade on the level of noise for that property and then the regulation will look for ways in which to improve sound insulation.

How does noise travel?  How does it go through solid brick walls?

Before you sound proof your home it is advised that you get a better understanding first of how sound works.

Sound is very similar to radio waves in which these waves will travel in all directions directly from the source.  These sound waves will continue to travel until they find some resistance that will stop them travelling any further such as a wall.  But these waves when reaching resistance will bounce off the items and this will strengthen the sound further.

It is only with the use of proper sound proofing materials that will absorb and block the sound so that they are not able to bounce off or echo making your room completely quiet and sound proof.

So how will sound proofing work?

To put in simply plain English the only way you can stop sound is to absorb it.  A professional will put insulation in the sound path to block the sound waves from travelling.  Professionals often use lead to absorb the sound.  This is a heavy but also soft material making it very difficult for sound to travel through it or even bounce of it.

As a word of warning, sound proofing needs to be done properly and by a professional.  Do not try and attempt to do this yourself as there are techniques to mastering this skill.

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