Friday, June 26, 2015

Seven Soundproofing Secrets

Is your dream home at the Lake of the Ozarks being cluttered with noise pollution? We used to attribute "paper-thin walls" to noisy homes, but nowadays, many of the sounds that we deal with come from within our own homes. With today's increasing trends of open floor plans and technological gadgets, constant noise has become a reality for many homeowners.

If you're looking to quiet your living space, then you've come to the right place. The team at The Property Shop at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you soundproof your home with these seven simple suggestions.

1. Cut Down On Noisy Appliances
Sometimes, quieting our homes can be as simple as getting rid of and/or replacing the noisy appliances in our homes. From buzzing to humming to rattling, outdated appliances can create a lot of ambient noise.

2. Add Weatherstripping To Your Doors
Installing thick, sound-blocking doors can help cut down on the noise flowing through your home, but the reality is that most of the sound won't come through the door - it will come around it. Installing weatherstripping around the door will help seal the sound out (or in, as the case may be). Add weatherstripping to your exterior doors can make a big difference, too.

3. Insulate Your Pipes And Air Ducts
Water flowing through your pipes and air rushing through your ducts can also create a lot of noise. While you obviously cannot stop the water or air in its path, you can insulate the pipes and the ducts to cut down on noise pollution. Foam pipe insulation sleeves and duct wrap are great materials to use.

4. Install Carpeting
Sound bounces off of hard surfaces, which creates echos and can seem to almost increase the sound. Sound is absorbed by soft surfaces, however, so installing carpeting can help to cut down the sound in your home.

5. Hang Curtains Or Drapes
Since soft materials absorb sound, you can further cut down on the sound in your home by hanging curtains, drapes, or other fabrics around your home. As an added bonus, these drapes will also add wonderful ambiance to your home!

6. Bust Out The Slippers
Did you know? The shoes we walk in are often responsible for a great deal of the sound that echos around our homes. Hard-soled shoes (especially women's high heels) can be very loud on hard floors. You can cut down on this noise by having friends family go barefoot or wear socks/slippers.

7. Weatherstrip Around Your Windows
Ambient noise from outdoors can be the most annoying because it's "not yours." Your neighbors may not be able to control their barking dog, for example, or your house may situated close enough to the highway that you can hear every car that rushes past. By adding weatherstripping around your windows (and exterior doors, like we mentioned) can help cut down on the sound that enters your home.

Happy Soundproofing!
We hope you find these suggestions helpful! What other soundproofing tips have you found to be helpful? Leave a comment and let us know! If you're in the market for a new Lake of the Ozarks home, we would love to help you in your search.

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

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