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How to soundproof a house during construction

How to soundproof a house during construction

You certainly don't want to find out after the construction work is over that your neighbors can hear everything that goes on inside your building, and that you could be inadvertently creating noise that your neighbors might complain about. Fortunately, there is a simple way to easily prevent such complications, and that is the soundproofing of the building. Sound insulation during the construction phase of your building ensures that the sound is kept inside the premises, so that this noise will not bother the neighbors.

Advantages of sound insulation during the construction phase

Sound insulation during construction presents several advantages for you. First of all, it is the most convenient and cost-effective soundproofing during construction. Sound proofing may require you to modify walls, floors or remove other work you have already done after the building is finished to accommodate the sound proofing material. If you soundproof the building during the construction phase, you can work on other activities of your building as you go along.

Second, sound insulation during the construction phase will help you update the sound insulation plan during construction. So you can avoid possible complications in advance. For example, if your building has a lot of windows, you can compensate by soundproofing the ceiling and floors.

Now that you know the benefits of soundproofing during the construction phase, you definitely want to start with it as soon as possible. There are three different ways in which you can soundproof a building, namely the ceiling, floors and walls, each of which represents a method of soundproofing involved in minimizing sound escaping from the room.

Sound insulation of the ceiling during construction

Sound insulation of the ceiling is especially important for your building if it has several functional floors. Ceiling insulation prevents residents of higher floors from disturbing residents on lower floors with excessive noise. Sound insulation of the ceiling consists of several steps.

Insulation – A thick layer of insulation helps regulate the internal temperature of your building while it can dampen sounds. You can achieve this effect using standard insulation materials such as fiberglass or mineral wool. For an even more effective sound insulation result, you can get special sound insulation. No matter what material you choose, first make sure it fits snugly between the ceiling joists.

Sound barrier - sound barriers create a layer between the insulation and the ceiling layer that helps dissipate excess sound.

Sound insulation of the floor during construction

Similar to the sound insulation of the ceiling, the sound insulation of the floor is also very important if your building has several functional floors. Insulating the floors in this case will prevent you from disturbing the neighbors living on the lower floors with noise. Here, too, there are several methods of soundproofing the floor.

Underlay – the floor underlay is a layer placed under the floor. Similar to sound insulation placed in walls or ceilings, the purpose of this material is to dampen sounds. You can apply this substrate during the construction process, but you can also place it under existing floors. Although there are several different types of underlayment, one of the best options is to use two layers of underlayment with a noise dampening compound applied between the layers.

Floor insulators – you can place floor insulators under the floors already during construction, these materials dampen and isolate sounds before they travel through your floors.

Material – some types of flooring materials are better at dampening sound than others, for example you may like wooden floors but they will warp and creak over time. Appropriate selection of the floor material with regard to its ability to isolate sound can help you reduce the cost of this sound insulation. Note that underlays, for example, can reduce the noise caused by the aging of some types of flooring.

Carpets – if you are serious about your soundproofing, carpets are a must. While coarse fibers are better at blocking sounds, any type of material will work to some extent, especially when combined with other methods of soundproofing.

Sound insulation of walls during construction

Sound insulation of the walls themselves is most important if you have neighbors nearby. This will prevent them from hearing the noise from you and also prevent you from hearing their noise. However, walls can also be one of the most demanding parts of a building when it comes to soundproofing, mainly due to sound entry sources such as doors and windows. Keep the following tips in mind when soundproofing walls:

Insulation – a thick layer of insulation around the wall joists will help you muffle the sounds that pass through. Even in this case, you can get a traditional insulator, such as fiberglass, or use a specially designed sound-reducing insulation material. Make sure your walls are lined with a thick layer of this material and fill in any unnecessary spaces to maximize the soundproofing effect.

Wall Clips – sound clips placed inside the wall can help you control noise during the construction process, but installing them yourself can be quite complicated, so consider professional help.

Electrical Outlets – There are several critical places in walls where sound can enter, including electrical outlets. Despite the fact that sealing the entire perimeter is not possible, you can partially seal them using specially made boxes or sealants.

Doors - Doors are another place where sounds can penetrate your walls. Soundproofing the door can be difficult considering that completely sealing it would make it impossible to open it. However, you can make sure that your door is made of durable and soundproof material, and you can use sliding door elements or other removable bodies to minimize sounds.

Windows – represent another challenge in the area of ​​sound insulation. If you decide to place fewer windows in the walls during construction, this decision can give the impression that your spaces are cramped. To soundproof the windows, it is necessary to use thick, strong glass that can block sounds, or choose special soundproof glass.

Purchase of soundproof material

Soundproofing the building during its construction process is an effective way to minimize the sounds coming from your property. You can create your soundproofing plan, improve it and update it as you go. With new soundproofing, you'll be able to complete the soundproofing with the rest of the project, saving you a lot of trouble installing new materials after it's finished.

If you need materials for soundproofing your construction project, contact us. We offer access to sound insulation and acoustics based on solutions that are most suitable for your project. Browse our online store to find out which products are best for you or contact us today.

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