In most houses, the modern dry wall is better that the timber and masonry and plaster and lath. This is because it is easy to build, very light and needs inexpensive materials but unfortunately when it comes to minimizing sounds, the modern wall is a bad choice.
Soundproofing is not an easy job, it is messy and very tiring but to minimize the stress, focus on one room at a time. This specific room can be either your office or home or a home theatre.
Below are some few methods which have been tested and proved to be useful in soundproofing.
1. Sound proof the front door – do you always hear noises or people talking in the hallway when you are resting in your living room? sealing air leaks around the door will reduce noises coming in your home. If you have a big gap under the door, add a door sweep. You can install two, one in the outside and another in the inside for extra soundproofing. They will keep out drafts, bugs, dust, noise etc.
2. Window inserts – when you want to block the outside noise but not interfere with the view from your home, try installing window inserts. This is because they are clear panes made of glass that you install on your window. They reduce the noise by fifty percent.
3. Soundproof your curtains – residential acoustic normally develop heavy duty window dressings that prevent the outside noise from giving you sleepless nights. It is close to a fifteen pound curtain and thus will need a little muscle to install it but in case you don’t want to break a sweat, you can try the acoustic trac. The curtain glides through a track that makes it easy to open and close.
4. Acoustic panels – they are available as fabrics that one hangs on the walls. Though most of them are designed to block the noise from bouncing off the hard surface, others are also good for blocking racket from getting into a window or room. Their acoustic door is a type of panel made to decrease noise that transmits through an entrance by almost 30db.
5. Drywall – to reduce vibrations, you will need to use heavy materials to stop the noise. You can use stones or bricks though they are impractical for retrofitting the interior of the walls. The easiest way is to add a second layer of drywall to help in building up a thick sound proofing barrier. You don’t need to add drywall in every place, isolate only the noisiest room. After doing this, you may need to repaint the wall again and also extend the switch boxes and electrical outlets but these should not be a problem since they are easy and inexpensive tasks.