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Whether you've got a bad case of noisy neighbours or the traffic on your street is a little too loud for your liking, a soundproofing service could be your answer to a more peaceful lifestyle.
We've put together this guide so you can get your head around what a soundproofing service might include and where to hire one.
What's in this guide?
- What is a soundproofing service?
- What does a soundproofing service do?
- How do I hire a soundproofing service?
- How much does soundproofing cost?
- How do I compare soundproofing services?
- Compare sound proofing services online
- How should I prepare for soundproofing?
- What to consider when hiring a soundproofing service
- Do I need to be at home for a soundproofing service?
- Pros and cons of soundproofing
- Frequently asked questions about soundproofing
What is a soundproofing service?
A soundproofing service will help you to get rid of any unwanted noise in your house, office, garage or any other room that requires quietness. They do this by adding foam, panels or extra drywalls to your home as well as using a sealant to fill in any cracks or holes in window frames.
What does a soundproofing service do?
Soundproofing services add special soundproof materials to homes, businesses or cars. Here are a few common soundproofing services and what they might include:
Floor and ceiling soundproofing
You might want to consider floor and ceiling soundproofing if you live in an apartment complex with noisy neighbours. Soundproofing your ceilings and floors involves installing a thin metal plate in your wall to block soundwaves.
Dealing with walls is perhaps the most common type of soundproofing service. There are several different ways to soundproof walls and an expert will be able to advise which is best for your home. A few different options include:
- Installing soundproof foam
- Adding extra layers of drywall
- Hanging mass loaded vinyl in your walls
- Applying soundproof paint
Old windows or windows that haven't been well maintained can be the main source of noise into your home. Soundproofing windows can be done by using a strong sealant to fill in any holes or cracks.
You may want a custom soundproof box built for a particularly noisy appliance like a pool pump or air compressor.
Car soundproofing is common with older or particularly noisy vehicles. By laying soundproofing foam under your car's floor mats and insulating the car boot and the car windows, soundproofing your car will help to minimise the noise from other drivers or your car's own engine.
How do I hire a soundproofing service?
Hiring a soundproofing service is as easy as finding a local company and asking them for a quote via phone or email. More recently, a new wave of online marketplaces has appeared that help you to find locals in your area with soundproofing skills. Websites like Airtasker or Oneflare allow you to write about your job and then receive quotes from professionals who can help you.
How much does soundproofing cost?
It's impossible to put a price on soundproofing services as it all depends on the complexity of your case. Some houses or cars may require a quick fix while others can be more involved. Also, the larger the area of space that needs soundproofing, the more costly the service will be. Generally speaking, the cost of soundproofing a room can be between $300 - $2,000 depending on the size of the room and the quality of soundproofing you decide on.
How do I compare soundproofing services?
It's always a good idea to compare a few different soundproofing services before settling on the one for you. Here are a few things to consider:
- Is the quality of the job reflected in the price?
- Does the company have a good reputation?
- What is the company's expertise?
- How professional does the company seem?
- Does the company have insurance if an accident occurs on your property?
Compare sound proofing services online
How should I prepare for soundproofing?
Soundproofing can be a messy business, so it's a good idea to empty the room of any furniture or cover furniture with dust sheets beforehand. If you're having your floors and ceilings soundproofed, you'll need to empty the room completely. For window soundproofing services, you shouldn't need to prepare the room.
What to consider when hiring a soundproofing service
Before you hire a soundproofing service you need to consider exactly which rooms (or cars) you would like to be soundproofed. At this point, it's worth bringing in a professional to explore the different soundproofing options before asking for a quote for the job. Once you have a price, you should balance the cost of the job with the quality of the service offered.
Do I need to be at home for a soundproofing service?
It is down to personal preference whether you want to be at home during your soundproofing service. For more substantial jobs, it is usually easier if you're not at home, as larger jobs are likely to cause a lot of disruption in your home.
Pros and cons of soundproofing
- Increased privacy in your home
- You can enjoy a quieter life with fewer disturbances
- Certain types of soundproofing will last a long time
- Some soundproofing materials act as an insulator too
- Expensive to install
- Can be difficult to install correctly without a professional
- Not effective in all rooms and cars
Frequently asked questions about soundproofing
How do I soundproof an existing wall?
Soundproofing existing walls instead of installing additional layers of plasterboard can save a lot of time and a lot of mess. To soundproof existing walls, you can fill in any cracks with a heavy-duty sealant, use soundproof paint on the floor and walls, or install soundproofing foam panels. Another effective way to absorb noise is by placing your furniture more strategically around the room and investing in carpets or rugs.
Do soundproof wall panels keep out sound?
While soundproof panels are not considered to be completely soundproof, they are effective in dampening outside noise. Made of foam and mineral wool, the panels absorb most of the sound, creating an overall quieter environment.
How can I make my room soundproof from outside noise?
To soundproof your room in the most effective way, it's best to call in professional help to see how they can help you. Alternatively, there are some quick fixes you can do yourself. Start by filling in holes and cracks in the window frames and sealing your doors. You can also use soundproofing paint and curtains to reduce noise even further.
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