Enjoying a calm environment is a necessity for good health. Repeated noise pollution has a direct impact on your well-being. It can lead to insomnia, problems of concentration and also headaches. In your home, rest and silence are essential to recover well before starting a new day, especially in the evening and at night. If you are dealing with excessive noise every day, then do not panic: there are solutions to stop these disturbances from impacting on you. The most effective of them is to equip your living quarters with an appropriate level of sound insulation.
Identify the types of disturbance
In order to set up an enduring acoustic solution within your home, you must first identify the source of the noises that are bothering you. Two types of noise are most common in an urban setting: impact noise and airborne noise. The first one corresponds to shocks on walls (for example, slamming of doors, noises of feet treading on the floor, etc.). The second concerns the many sounds that are propagated by air, such as the passage of nearby aeroplanes, car horns or shouts in the vicinity of your home. Depending on the noises you hear, different solutions may be provided.
The various impact noises there are all spread throughout a building via its walls, its floor and its ceiling. To put an end to these disturbances, there is but one solution: isolate the entire house. This type of complete soundproofing requires significant work, especially in the case of an older property. To limit the costs, any rooms that are more susceptible to noise disturbances ought to be renovated as a priority. Although they can be shocking and very disturbing when heard on a daily basis, airborne noise is less difficult to deal with. It is possible to reduce such nuisance noise significantly by soundproofing the walls that are most exposed to them. Adjoining walls or an attached ceiling can be individually soundproofed to remedy this problem.
Properly insulate your home
The isolation of your dwelling can be achieved using two main techniques: the installation of a skeletal frame or the deployment of a bonding method. In the first case, panelled partitions will have to be placed on the walls and the installation of a suspended ceiling will also be necessary. For this, a frame containing a sound dampener (such as glass wool) will be installed on the wall in question and then this is covered with plaster. The soundproofing of a floor will involve the installation of materials such as polyethylene or, perhaps, the fitting of a floating floor. If you choose the second solution, then the bonding method requires an overlay of dampening plasterboard directly onto the wall to be soundproofed.
Prepare your insulation work
Other equipment can guarantee you a better level of sound insulation. A reinforced door will dampen noise, while double-glazed windows will mitigate for such disturbances, too. Whatever the case may be, it is important to prepare your insulation work in advance. These can be expensive and complex measures to put in place, so it's important to define your budget, compare quotations provided by industry professionals and to read up on any loans and home improvement allowances that are available for these types of renovation works.