Busy street noise is one of the most obvious and most frustrating forms of noise pollution. From honking cars to construction, road noise can be absolutely maddening. If you live in an urban area, street noise can even interfere with your sleep and ability to concentrate. Keep reading for the best ways to block out traffic noise.
Ways to Reduce Road Noise
Figuring out how to stop road noise may seem like a hopeless endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be. Fortunately, there are several ways to reduce traffic noise and other noises from the street.
1. Use Nature
One way to block noise from the street is to get nature back on your side. There are many natural phenomena that block or blend sound. You just have to bring some of those to your home. Plant trees and shrubs around your home to isolate you from some of the noise, or you might even add a water feature to cover unwanted noise with the pleasant sound of running water.
2. Install a Fence
Installing a wood fence or stone barrier around your home is another option to help soundproof your property. While it won’t block all noise, fencing can help reflect and absorb sound waves. A solid fence with no gaps will provide the greatest noise reduction. Fencing that is tall and thick will also provide better soundproofing.
3. Hang Curtains
A simple way to help reduce traffic noise in your home or business is to install curtains. Curtains will help absorb and dampen noise that may come through your windows. Curtains made of dense tightly woven material offer the greatest soundproofing.
4. Change Your Windows
There are soundproof windows you can install to significantly reduce the amount of sound getting into your home from the street. These are essentially double-paned windows that are too difficult for most sound waves to get through.
5. Upgrade to Solid Doors
Much like windows, sound can also creep in through your doors. Worn-out seals or hollow doors provide very little soundproofing. Replacing your exterior and interior doors with solid wood or composite will help block out traffic noise. If new doors are outside of your budget, you can soundproof your existing doors instead.
6. Seal the Gaps
Most of the noise from the street that is plaguing you is airborne noise. Since airborne noise needs to travel through air, it stands to reason that if you block as many entry points as possible though which air enters your home, you will encounter less sound. Try filling any cracks or gaps in your walls with an acoustic sealant. We recommend ISO® Pro-Series® SC-175 Acoustical Sound Sealant. You can also use this sealant under the molding of your door to stop air from escaping that way.
For additional soundproofing protection as well as energy efficiency, add weather-stripping to your doors and windows.
Add Acoustical Panels
You can add sound blocking and sound dampening acoustical panels anywhere you feel that outside noise is penetrating to too great an extent. Soundproof Cow even has art acoustic panels that allow you to block sound with the art of your choice. Guests will not even realize the true function of the art hanging on your wall is to block noise from the outside!
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Get in Touch With Soundproof Cow and Block That Street Noise Today
Allowing your days and nights to be tortured by the unending noise pollution of the street in an urban environment or near any busy road isn’t just unpleasant. It is unhealthy, too. Get your focus and concentration back and start enjoying a good night’s sleep again by contacting Soundproof Cow for street noise control solutions today.