The first step to soundproofing a room is figuring out your situation.
Where are your problem areas? Are the walls thin? Are the floors echoing? Is it a brick wall or timber stud wall, is it a concrete ceiling/floor or not? Is there a significant amount of noise escaping, entering through the doors and windows? Are you looking to deflect sound or absorb? How much room space you can afford to lose?
Usually the thickest solutions gives you the best results.
The first thing you will need to check is what is the existing wall made off? Is it a brick wall or stud wall? Once you’ve determined the wall type you can then decide the best way to proceed.
Soundproofing a floor in a room can help stop impact as well as airborne sound transfer between floors. Using a soundproof underlay or a floating floor will block airborne sound both ways through the floor as well as reduce the sound of footfall going to a room below.
Soundproofing the ceilings in your room is all about adding mass and density and creating separation. As with soundproofing walls you need to combine different acoustic materials to ensure the best level of noise control.
Casual noise can be reduced to a tolerable level by simply “beefing up” existing walls, floors, and ceilings. However, if you want to achieve significant sound isolation e.g. recording studio, you will want to build a room inside a room.
With soundproofing doors, a little can go a long way. The gap between the door and the floor is often a big issue.
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Acoustic treatment is NOT the same as soundproofing
Acoustic treatment is the process of making a room sound better by reducing reverberation, absorbing unwanted ambience and frequencies within the room.
Soundproofing is isolating the room from its outside world. This process will help block out external noise such as traffic, footsteps, or your neighbours. It also reduces sound leakage between rooms.