When the sound can’t come through
The world we live in today is incredibly noisy. This is true in all sorts of ways and not just when it comes to physical sound, either. The internet is noisy, highways are noisy, your own thoughts can be noisy. With all this distracting noise, both physical and mental, it can be hard to find a place of relative peace. After all, you can’t just turn your home into that sort of place, especially if other people live alongside you. That’s just impossible right? Or is it? Well, the truth is it’s not as impossible as you think. It just takes the right tools for the job. There are all sorts of things that can reduce the amount of that sound, from soundproofing wall panels to acoustic ceiling panels to all sorts of acoustical accent clouds. Even decorative laminate can help in some areas if it’s placed the right way. But what kind of rooms should you put these products in exactly? You certainly don’t want to place them in the wrong ones and waste the opportunity for that simple peace. Here are a few places you might want to think about soundproofing if you can get the chance.
- The spaces where you live
We’ll start with a theoretical family named the Bucks. Now the Bucks have a nice home in the suburbs outside of San Francisco. They have a single daughter and both work in different sections of an accounting firm. They lead a good life, hard working, intellectual but there’s a problem. They live in a neighborhood that’s right off the main highway into the city. Now, you don’t need to be a genius to know what problems are going to arise from that. There are already a whole host of them and that’s before you get into the issues surrounding the problems with noise. Highways by nature are noisy, obstructive and can cause general physical issues and serious mental ones for anyone unfortunate enough to live near them. While some counties have actually taken to building walls to prevent this sort of thing and have been for some decades, others haven’t. In particular, San Francisco has neglected this particular neighborhood and it’s really starting to affect the Buck’s sleep schedule. So how should they ameliorate this problem?
So we start at the center and work our way. The first thing they can do is identify which rooms are ones that suffer the most from the noise pollution. This can be difficult but it’s worth the effort. You can’t install anything, the decorative laminate, the suspended ceiling, anything, until you know where the problem is. The Bucks wouldn’t want their decorative laminate, soundproofing or otherwise, to be ineffective as a tool or a household object, would they? So they do a little bit of acoustical research and find that it’s their bedrooms and their living rooms that suffer the most. This is good knowledge to have but then, what do they do with it? Now that they know where the problems stem from, what choices do they have? Well, the answer to this is several choices but it all depends on what they feel is the best current of action based on a couple different factors.
Time and money
So, all in all, their general course of action is going to be to install some sort of soundproof material in their walls or ceilings. This is the smartest thing to do but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be particularly easy. First, they have to size up how much money they have and what they want to do with it. In this case, they decide that peace of mind is worth much more than some other, more frivolous expenses and that, if they can’t sleep or think, they won’t be able to enjoy much else. So they spring for the soundproof panels and decorative laminate. But how and where to install them? They don’t need to worry about that. There are companies who can do the installation easy. The problem can be fixed if they just make a few calls and set a specific installation time!