There is no doubt about it; homes do seem to have become noisier places in which to live. There are plenty of positives to living in a more technological age but the problem with a lot of technology is that there it comes with associated noise. This could be the whirring of a washer/dryer or the soundtrack of a computer game.
The modern desire for more open plan living has not helped the problem with noise in the home as sound waves can travel unobstructed.
The truth is that many more recently built properties have wafer thin walls anyway; they do not create much of a barrier. The good news is that there are ways in which you can make it more difficult for exterior sound to enter your home, and for interior noise to circulate. We are going to take a look at some of them.
The benefit of carpeted floors
One of the best ways of reducing the vibration of soundwaves in your home is to use carpet instead of laminate or wooden flooring. Soft materials are always much more efficient in reducing the travel of sound than hard materials.
Think about the doors in your home
Many of the interior doors in your home are hollow inside. This is not conducive to preventing sound from travelling between rooms. If you replace any of these doors with solid wood doors you should automatically notice a reduction in the level of sound in your home. You should also use weather strips on all doors in your home; not just external doors. Doing so is another useful way to stop sound travelling so easily.
Keeping external noise out
It’s not just the noise that is already in your home which you want to reduce; you also want to prevent external noise from getting in. One of the best ways to do this is to have cladding fitted to the exterior walls of your home. There are various types of exterior wall cladding available and you need to find one which represents the best value for money.
It’s a good idea to speak to an expert such as Peter Bracey who will help you to choose a durable and affordable wall cladding option for your home. If you do this then you are sure to get the best return on your investment, in terms of the effectiveness of the cladding.
As you can see, you do not have to put up with excessive noise levels in your home. One of the best things about all of the solutions we have suggested is that they can also help to insulate your home when the weather is cooler; thereby helping to reduce your level of energy consumption.
In addition to the actions we have suggested you may also want to think about investing in appliances that have reduced noise levels. This type of appliance tends to be at the premier level of the market but you may think the added cost is worth it if it means your ear drums get a rest.