Don’t you hate it when your house gets a powerful wind draft blowing into it, to only hear a whistling and blasting noises that seems to be constant like there is no end to it? Those of us that can’t stand an irritating sound that is constant and annoying especially when your trying to get into a good movie.
Do you experience someone’s music bass system driving by all day long while you’re getting into some soothing music or just want to relax and read the evening paper?
Have you had it with the mind-numbing sound of kids making noises around the house playing games every day after school? How about the biggest of them all, the infamous noisy neighbor dog barking at everything thing that moves, every two minutes?
Well if one of these things has had an impact in your life during the times you need the most quiet, and peaceful moments to relax and watch a movie or listen to some good music? Then It’s good to know that you came to right place to find out ways to get rid of the outside noise that is bothering, you and keeping you away from what is so precious to your time and space.
We are going to help you find some good tips to soundproofing your home theater room. To cut down and perhaps greatly reduce the sounds of the world around your peaceful home.
In order to find out how your going to soundproof a home theater room we must first identify how much can you afford to spend on this project to get the job done right. We are going start a with a few options to help figure out what works best for your home and budget. To get a full idea on budgeting tips on designing a home theater room click here before you continue.
Noise Coming From the Windows
To determine what is necessary to buy and use, you have to identify where the most noise coming from in what specific area. This will determine what your next course of action will be. This noise could come from the windows, which is a common problem. In this case then you should consider maybe calking the windows to seal out the noise that tends to haunt your theater room. The sounds of winds and traffic and children playing will be cut in have to by taking this action. It’s an inexpensive way to cut down the noise but does not eliminate the problem completely.
Also, It’s good to go outside to find out if the window may be cracked, If that is the case then you should consider replacing the window completely instead of just patching it up. To be honest It’s going to take a good amount of money to replace the window. To get it done by professionals will only drive the price up.
If you do you research for an affordable company, shop, and compare prices that could help you stay on budget. Another option to use is a getting consultation on what really is the problem that’s going on with your basement windows. Again, this could rack up in charges around 1000 dollars or more depending on the person or company to use for advice. In this case you could shop for free advice on the web to offer exact numbers.
But If you had it with the noise pollution and consonant sounds you’re getting from the outside. The expensive route is the only path to true soundproofing the windows which could cost around 25,000 to install, According to Houselogic.com.
But going this route could cut down the sound by 5 percent which is not even worth it. calking windows and checking for open seems in the walls could be the main solution to the problem.
Could The Noise Come From The Walls?
In order to answer this question take some time to sit and listen to where the sounds coming from. What do you hear? is there noise coming from the kid’s room?
Maybe you’re receiving buzzing sounds from the refrigerator in the kitchen? Perhaps the utility closet is in the next room is making wild noises. There are a few things to used to keep the sounds down to a minimal.
Use Acoustical Wall Panels: This is one of the most inexpensive ways to keep noise from echoing around the theater but also could tone down the noise from other rooms. This suggested for those who have to minor problems with sound coming from other rooms.
Rearrange The Furniture: This Is an effective way to keep the noisy kid’s music away from your surround sound system, while you get to watch a great movie. Keep in mind, moving the speaker equipment towards the wall to block out the incoming noise is ingenious but that may cause the problems for them down the road when they want peace and quiet.
Use Thicker Curtains: People have seemed to hate this tactic, but is very effective in cutting down the noise coming from the walls. This option also keep some sound from getting out of the room, as a result, you and the family could benefit from this option. Using thicker curtains upgrades the overall look of your theater room to restore quality.
Expensive but Effective Soundproofing Options*
This will require you to have to a bigger budget to spend for walls and maybe even getting help to reconstruct the theater room in general. This option needs the help of careful planning with a consultant, and family meetings to manage the house with ongoing construction in progress.
To truly get the soundproofing done to keep the sounds from coming in and out of your theater room, it is suggested to use these three options according to Sound&Vision.com which is: Mass, Damping and Decoupling.
Mass: requires doubling up the drywall is to create a thicker and heavier drywall for less sound to travel.
Damping: Uses a special drywall that has a viscoelastic material to reduce the vibration and sounds that travel from one room the next.
Decoupling: Uses Sound-engineered-Drywall (SED) which in other words is double framing. This creates an air gap between the inside and outside drywall for maximum isolation using a gap is the is best way to get an effective isolation from bass sounds getting out and regular sounds from coming in.
These three options can get you the maximum potential to reduce the amount sound and bass from leaking into other rooms around the house. There is a ten step guide to implement this option effectively on the next page which breaks down each step with careful action.
Effective Floor Padding
There are many options available to use for this tactic. Just to name a few, we found some options that could help you reduce some of the vibrations and bass sounds from the room itself.
Placing Foam Padding & Sub-Flooring: This option requires some cost to install but before you start, find out if the floor is a cement or wood floor first.
If the floor has a wood structure with a crawl space beneath its good to use two layers of padding followed with a 5/8 inch wood sub-flooring to cover.
This will be your foundation. Even though your floor is raised two inches higher this will reduce the bass and vibration plus absorb it at the same time.
For cement floor its good to use thicker area rugs or carpeting for noise reduction.
Dura Undercushions Duracoustic 5⁄16-inch rubber mat, which is made out of recycled tires This is another option to place under the sub-flooring
Kinetic Noise Control Roll-out Isolation Material (RIM), which provides a much better isolation. “RIM flooring is a fiberglass mat with these little blocks glued into it. This will be covered with two layers of three-quarter inch plywood sub flooring.
Door Sealers & Ventilation Adjustments
One of the most common problems when it comes to vibration and noises in the theater room. These options could be simple and effective to use for creating reduction though simple tactics. To find out more about these options check out Steve Guttenberg’s article in CNET.com for more information.
- Weather-stripping foam tape around the top and sides of the door frame to create a better air seal that will limit the amount of sound that comes through the door. On the bottom of the door, attached a plastic “door sweep.” You’ll need to set the sweep to just barely brush the floor as it closes to reduce the size of the gap between the door and saddle.
- Check for gaps and cracks around the ventilation and use calking to seal the gaps and spaces around it. For the vent itself you have to get creative and use a small cover of a curtain to at least muffle the sound vibration coming and going into the room.
Proper Speaker Arrangement
You can use different techniques to get the best results for your theater. Moving the speakers away from adjacent rooms that require less noise is a good option plus its good for you to keep surround sounds in a positional area that is most effective for premium entertainment.
Use Rubber blocks: This is an excellent option to use for keeping the bass speakers off the ground. The sound and vibrations transforms this noise into other rooms making the flooring a good conductor for all types of ruckus. Placing small blocks underneath the speaker greatly reduces it to a minimum.
Using Headphones: One the best ways to get the most out of your home theater without waking the neighbors in the process. Making the change from roaring speakers to high tech wireless headphones could be a game changer.
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