If you’re in the UK there’s a good chance that you’ve seen the adverts where a homeowner sees a heavy metal music lover moving in next door and needs a number for home soundproofing quickly from a direct enquiries phone service. Well what he didn’t realise is that there are some great DIY home soundproofing products available to buy and install yourself.
If you are looking to soundproof a room then you need to ask yourself a question “do I want to keep noise entering a room or escaping it”.
Stopping noise entering a room is the solution to seek if you have noisy neighbours or kids learning an instrument and you want to isolate yourself from the noise, perhaps in a bedroom or living room. If this is the type of sound insulation you are looking for then a latex sound insulation liner is the product to check out. On first inspection it looks like a roll of wallpaper and the application is similar. Some products are available as the paste-the-wall type liners which I always prefer as it is easier to put up and eliminates the need for a wallpapering table and the tricky moment when you try to transfer to damp and sticky paper from the table to the wall – let’s face it we’ve all had the experience of sticky wallpaper folding over and getting tangled in our hair as we try to delicately transfer from table to wall.
Latex sound insulation liner can be applied to the walls and ceilings so is a great option for the home, it can be painted onto so that you can then decorate the room to your taste.
If you’re looking to stop sound from escaping from a room then a polyurethane foam liner will be a more suitable product. So if you have a budding musician in your home this can be a great liner to add to the walls and ceiling of a bedroom or music room. Like the latex liner this product is also available as a roll and you can add a paste-the-wall liner on top of the sound insulation liner prior to decorating for a great finish.
These liners use foam (made from their respective products) in order to absorb the sound energy, the liners discussed however have had these technologies combined with the needs of a decorator to ensure that a home can look its best as well as provide a more comfortable environment.
DIY sound insulation liners come with technical details of the sound proofing benefits but these are in test conditions so it is often recommended to consult a specialist to confirm your needs and requirements. Whatever your need there are some great DIY home soundproofing liners available to buy online from stores such as CoverYourWall and the larger DIY chains.
One final tip is to consider the thickness of these liners when adding to the wall, particularly with respect to electrical sockets and wall fittings as the last thing you want is the liner to be thicker than these fittings and you end up with a decorating nightmare!
There are other alternatives available such as wall panels, mats and even doors but these liners offer a great DIY option that you can do yourself at the weekend (perhaps with a little help from a friend).