Sound-proofed

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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There are many ways to make a house sound-proofed, and not all of them require in-depth reconstruction of the exterior walls. Little known architectural tricks, such as staggering doorways and wall studs also work towards reducing the amount of sound that travels inside a home. Carpeting rooms can also dampen sound, as can installing acoustical ceiling panels.

One common material for heavy-duty soundproofing inside a home is called Super Soundproofing flooring. SSP is a heavy (one pound per square foot) vinyl mat that is usually installed between the floorboards and the carpet or underneath hardwood floors. It reduces physical vibrations in the floor, but can also be used in walls and ceilings to dampen acoustic vibrations and drastically reduce the sound transference.

Sound-Proofed Exterior Walls

One construction system for exterior home walls that has excellent sound dampening qualities is ICF, or insulated concrete form, construction. ICFs are blocks of foam that act as the forms for pouring concrete, and remain in place after the concrete is formed. This creates multiple layers of cushioning around the concrete, increasing both the thermal insulation and sound-proofed abilities of the concrete.

Whatever the insulating qualities of the outside wall are, though, both heat and sound can travel easily through traditional windows. Double-paned glass windows and good air sealing may be a decent alternative to truly sound-proofed or insulated windows, which can be expensive. An increasing number of window options are available from building suppliers, who can usually supply you with detailed product literature as well.


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