It’s said March comes in like a lion, but if you are tired of hearing the roar of outside noise inside your home try these tips for a quieter home environment.
Your home is where you go to for a little piece and quiet. Gaps, cracks and inferior windows can leak the outside noises like traffic, construction and your neighbor’s karaoke party into your home.
Check out these things you can do to soundproof your house from the outside noise.
- Seal your doors
Gaps in your exterior doors isn’t just letting out your heating and cooling energy, it’s letting in outside noises. Try fixing those gaps with installing weather stripping around your door frame to help deaden those noises. If weather stripping isn’t enough, it may be necessary to replace an ill-fitting door with a new energy-efficient one.
- Repair holes or cracks in your walls
Obviously large cracks in your plaster or drywall are a megaphone for outside noise, but smaller gaps around electrical sockets or ventilation grates can also leak noise into your private space.
- Insulate your walls and ceiling
Insulation not only helps retain heat in your home, it can act as a sound sponge. That means the sounds coming from your home and sound from the outside can be absorbed in the layers. Make sure you have the insulated rated for your home that will do both.
- Upgrade your windows
Sound can penetrate single pane and ill-fitting windows. Upgrading your old windows to double-pane, energy efficient windows can diminish that noise. Upgrading to Thompson Creek’s exclusive Sound Shield glass package can reduce sound and soften unwanted exterior noises by up to 35 percent compared to standard sound-reducing double pane windows. Check out this video to see how it works.
- Use furniture as a sound-absorber
If you are hearing your neighbor’s playlist, try using your furniture configuration as a buffer. You can block some noise by putting larger furniture pieces against a shared wall. Even if you aren’t a bookworm, fill a bookcase with books and let the thick novels block the conversations.
- Create a noise barrier with your siding
All exterior siding is not created equal. Cracks and deteriorating wood siding not only allows for mold growth, it allows noise creep. Aluminum siding can magnify instead of deaden outside noises. Check your siding to see if your home needs exterior siding repair of if it is time for your home to be re-sided with new energy-efficient and thicker siding from Thompson Creek.
- Sound barrier by design
All curtains aren’t made equal. Some are just to add color, texture or pattern to a room. But, some can pull double duty. Curtains made from a heavier material can absorb street noise. They can also help with energy efficiency too.
Street noise, airplane noise, noisy neighbors can all invade our home even when our doors are locked and windows are closed. We all live busy, connected lives- your home should be where you can shut out unwanted noise and enjoy a sense of calm. At Thompson Creek we can provide a sense of calm with upgraded siding, Sound Shield glass in your replacement windows and exterior doors that will help knock down the noises that keep you up at night. We are a local company that stands by our work and stands for quality. Call us today for a free estimate and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are working with Thompson Creek experts.