3 Ways To Soundproof Your Home When Remodeling

If you want to cut down on the noise that makes its way from the outside into your home, or if you want to cut down the amount of noise that you make that travels outside, the best way to achieve both of these goals is through soundproofing your home. The best time to soundproof your home is when you are building or remodeling your home.

Use an Acoustic Underlay On Your Floors

If you want to reduce the sound that gets into and out of your home, start with your floor. An acoustic underlay is one of the best ways to soundproof a timber or wood floor. An acoustic underlayment is applied on top of your plywood subfloor and is put in place before the final timber flooring is put down.

Acoustic underlayment is one of the higher-performance soundproofing materials you can use on your floor. It is designed to create both a sound barrier as well as a moisture barrier. It will reduce the sound of foot traffic and will help keep moisture from getting into and damaging your floor. Acoustic underlayment will also improve the quality of the sound inside of your home.

Acoustic underlayment works best with wood floors or with tile floors. It can get rid of the noise that this types of floors create while also creating a better acoustical environment within your home.

Install Acoustic Ceiling Panels

The next thing you can do is install acoustic ceiling panels. Acoustic ceiling panels are great if you have a basement or second story in your home. Acoustic ceiling panels will keep the sound from one story of your home from invading the other story. It will also help stop the sounds that migrate downward, such as the sound of you walking around. Then you can put acoustic deadening sound tiles on top of the ceiling panels. Using multiple layers of sound blocking panels will help keep your rooms quieter and will help keep the different areas of your home feel separate from one another.

Use Sound Blocking Doors

A lot of sound comes in around your entryway door and within the doors inside of your house. One of the best ways to keep sound from moving through your home is by using sound blocking doors.

Regular doors that you use inside of your home are usually hollow inside, which is why you can still hear so much inside of your bedroom even when the door is shut. With a sound blocking door, the inside is made of a solid core of wood, composite, or particleboard. Sound blocking doors are more expensive than regular interior doors, but they will cut down on the transfer for sound from outside to inside your home, and from one room to the other.

If you are remodeling your home, keep things quiet by using acoustic underlayment before you put down your floors, installing acoustic ceiling panels to block the sound within your home in between levels, and investing in sound-blocking doors.