Few things complicate community or family life more than noise disturbance. We are going to give you some tips to improve the insulation of your house, but first keep in mind that the legislation sets noise level limits inside our home and if these are exceeded it may be because our house is less insulated than required. or because someone makes more noise than allowed. If the one who emits more noise than allowed is a neighbor , you will have to appeal to her common sense or go to the town hall. If the person who generates a lot of noise is inside the house, the solution will not be in this article.
How to improve the insulation of our doors and windows
Doors and windows are the Achilles heels of our homes and it is easy for them to be the source of our problems if the noise that reaches us comes from outside the house .
In the case of the entrance door, sometimes the clearance with the floor facilitates the passage of noise. Placing a windbreak on the outside face of the door can improve insulation.
By removing the door flashings we can check if there are gaps between the door frame and the wooden element to which we fix it. If so, we can seal with high-density polyurethane foam.
In the lobby we can absorb a good part of the noise by covering the walls with fabrics or using upholstered furniture.
Something similar can happen to us with the drawer of the blind. It is a good idea to check the inside of it, during the day and with the blind down, to appreciate the entrance of light from the outside and locate cracks to seal with the polyurethane foam.
In the case of windows with double glazing type “climate” we improve their operation if the two glasses that compose them are of different thickness.
How to reduce the noise that passes through our wall
If we are clear about the wall through which the noise enters, we can, in a first step, eliminate the plugs that we have in that wall, blinding the plug hole with brick or plaster paste, since the plugs represent holes through which the noise very easily.
If the problem persists, we can rethink the distribution and perhaps have a built-in wardrobe on that wall, a bookcase that attenuates noise or cover it with a wooden paneling behind which we can place insulation based on metal sheets.
If we can’t get rid of the noise, we will have to do some work and make our bedroom or living room independent of the ceilings, floors and walls that we now have. That would make it necessary to reduce the surface of the room by placing insulating partitions, an insulating false ceiling,… But this reform has many conditioning factors and it is recommended that an architect or quantity surveyor advise you on what is most convenient for your particular case.