If you live in a quiet neighborhood and you enjoy late nights watching your very own home theater, or you have a music room or a home recording booth or studio where you practice your penchant for producing your own music, or for whatever reason your neighbors are complaining about the loud disturbing noise coming from your home, it is simply sensible to sound proof your room to be sensitive to other people’s tranquility. Noise is any undesirable sound that can cause physical and psychological harm due to its intensity and frequency. To ensure that you do not disturb or harm other people from noise coming from your own house, equip the area where significant noise comes from with sound reduction materials, which are available in the market today. The basic materials include:
- Drywall. A sound engineered drywall that has been treated with a sound proofing material makes a good sound deadening system at a minimal cost. You can add it to your existing walls and ceilings to control the noise transmitting through the structure to the other side of the wall. The thickness of the drywall you need to add depends on the requirement of your room.
- Acoustic insulation. To catch the sound that travels through the wall cavities, install sound insulation. Prior to adding layers of drywall, it is recommended that you install insulation that will help dampen the noise.
- Mass loaded vinyl. Vinyl barriers or acoustic panels can be high density limp materials that isolate noise transmission. They come in varying sizes, thicknesses, colors and types of installation. Vinyl sound proof materials can be nailed, stapled, screwed, or perforated or hung like a curtain. They can be used atop existing flooring or sound proof ceilings, and can be placed between the soundproof and original drywalls.
- Sealants. Adhesives or panel adhesives are important to connect the sound proof drywall and mass loaded vinyl to enhance and protect performance. Other types of sealants include caulks, expandable foam, and fabric adhesives designed to strengthen other sound reduction materials.
- Acoustic Doors and Windows. Doorways and windows are sources of noise, as air can pass through cavities or leaks around a door or window, which brings the sound within the room. Acoustic doors and windows are manufactured using a standard metal finish or other materials to specifically keep noise from veering inside the sound proof room. Examples are sound proof doors you see in broadcast or recording studios, theaters, home theaters, audio visual rooms, conference rooms, etc.
- Acoustic Door and Window Seals. Doors with unsealed gaps defeat the purpose of installing an acoustic door. Sealants are available to ensure no leaks are present. Custom made acoustic retrofit window inserts are also available for ready installation within or over existing window leaks. Sealing the door and window ensures you get the benefits of your sound proof system.
- In-Wall Speaker Enclosures. To prevent sound reflections inside ceiling or wall crevices, an in-wall speaker made of acoustical foam will help isolate sound. Usually it is mounted to the drywall or a stud.
More sound proof products and solutions are available to suit the requirements of every residential or commercial establishment.