Domestic soundproofing: why put up with noisy neighbours?

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If you’re unfortunate enough to live in a noisy neighbourhood, or are stuck living next door to the neighbours from hell that seem to take pleasure in making your life a misery, then you deserve the deepest sympathy. It must be a nightmare.  Surely there must be something you can do about it, but the question is what exactly? Do you do the typically British thing and complain under your breath, but grudgingly accept it, or do you take matters into your own hands and confront the source of the problem? Most people probably just put up with the unacceptable behaviour. Now of course there’s nothing to stop you approaching your neighbour and trying to reason with them about perhaps turning the volume down in the name of friendliness. It may just do the trick. Failing that you can always approach the Environmental Health Officer at your Local Authority who may intervene and mediate on your behalf if the problem is serious. The very last resort is to take a civil action yourself, and pursue the matter through the Magistrates Courts.
Many people affected by noise pollution are forced to go through all of these processes simply because they want a bit of peace and quiet. The problem is noise pollution itself is stressful. If you’re then forced to confront problem neighbours or go to court, you’ll simply exacerbate the problem and just add to the stress. Let’s face it, life really is too short for that. What is needed is a practical solution to noise pollution at the end of the day. Sadly someone won’t come along and wave a magic wand and remove the problem once and for all, but there are effective domestic soundproofing products available that can help to solve the problem.
Domestic soundproofing products
There are a range of domestic soundproofing products available which will reduce noise within a room and also reduce the noise from travelling between and into rooms. These soundproofing products are suitable for both domestic and office situations. Fortunately these products are competitively priced and there are solutions available for householders with even the most modest budgets.
Open cell acoustic foam
Sound can be reduced by either absorption or blocking. The ideal material will do both of these tasks. For maximum noise reduction, it’s best to use open cell acoustic foam sandwiched inside two rigid damping sheets. Open cell acoustic foam outperforms any wool or fibre-type layers, and is excellent at absorbing high frequency sounds, like shouting. The damping sheets dense mass acts as a great blocker of low frequency sounds like music and bass beats.
Battens and acoustic plasterboard
Battens are used for two reasons: to provide a vital air gap between the soundproofing and acoustic plasterboard, and to provide a secure method of fixing the very heavy/dense plasterboard to the wall. Acoustic Plasterboard, often known as Db board, out performs any standard plasterboard in terms of acoustic noise reduction.
It’s also possible to use self-adhesive blocking material and apply this directly onto existing walls. Plastic pads are then attached through this material on to the wall. Acoustic plasterboard sheets are then attached to the plastic pads over the blocking material. This method creates an air gap between the block and the plasterboard which helps to reduce the transmission of airborne sounds further. Acoustic plasterboard will also help to block and reduce further transmitted noise. The total thickness of the completed wall when soundproofed will only be 35 mm (less than 2") so only a minimal amount of floor size is lost. 

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This article was published on 2012/05/12