Noise, whether it’s coming from a blaring television in your living room or from the neighbor’s dog barking outside, disturbs your peace and quiet. You spend a lot of time at home so you want it to be a place where you can relax.
In this post, your local home remodeling expert, Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis, discusses ways you can block outdoor and ambient indoor noise.
1. Use Soft Materials to Control Sound
Hard surfaces like hardwood, tile and laminates reflect sound waves. Soft materials absorb sound so it’s a good idea to have them in your home. You can reduce unwanted sounds with acoustic ceilings, padded carpets or rugs. Sound-blocking curtains can also minimize outdoor noise, but they don’t completely block it.
2. Minimize Indoor Noise
Background noise like loud appliances from your own home can also disturb your neighbors. Consider soundproofing your laundry area with foam insulation. The two loudest appliances in a home are the dryer and washing machine.
Turn off appliances that are not in use to reduce sound even just a little, especially in open or shared spaces like the living room. Check your appliances for unusual buzzing or vibrations, and make sure they are working properly.
3. Soundproof Doors
Doors with a hollow construction filled with air don’t do a great job at blocking noise. Particleboard-core, composite-core or solid doors create an effective sound barrier. Aside from their soundproofing qualities, these doors are available in a wide range of designs. There are also doors that are specially crafted to block sound.
4. Weatherstrip Doors
Sound can pass around the door. Weatherstrip your door in the jambs to seal gaps. Replacing your hollow door with a solid one and weatherstripping the perimeter are very effective ways to block sound.
Choose a reliable contractor in soundproofing your home to ensure noise pollution reduction. At Renewal by Andersen of St. Louis, we are your leading provider of top-quality replacement windows and doors. Call us at (314) 332-2364, or complete our online form for a free consultation. We work with homeowners in St. Louis, MO.