Jose Graylock, World Executives Digest | We have all experienced loud rubbish lorries, noisy traffic and irritating chit-chat from passers-by outside our homes, but did you know that it is possible to severely cut-down the level of noise which gets into your home by making a few improvements?
Let’s take a look at three semi-permanent additions to your home which can serve to cut noise levels down substantially.
Get some carpets fitted
If you have hardwood flooring, you will be familiar with what loud noise is!
Although hardwood floors are fantastic when it comes to cleaning up around the home, they essentially turn your rooms into massive loudspeaker boxes for whatever nasty vibrations find their way through your walls and windows.
By adding some plush carpets to problem rooms (or even laying down some rugs), you can dampen unwelcome noise and make your home habitable again: the added bonus will be that your feet will thank you, along with your ears!
Sort out your windows
If you have old-fashioned single-glazed windows at home, then you are creating the perfect entry point for nasty noises, along with undesirable draughts and, if you are particularly unlucky, unwelcome guests (should those windows be unsecured);
By investing in some modern double-glazed UPVC windows, you could cut down noise levels in your home, reduce heat-loss and even make your property more secure.
If getting double-glazing installed is not an option, you can still cut down noise levels by fitting some curtains and blinds – as with carpets, any form of soft furnishing will serve to absorb some degree of unwanted sounds around the home, particularly when it is situated at a problem, noisy part of the home.
Go to work outdoors
Sometimes, blocking noise from coming into your home requires that you venture outdoors to nip the problem in the bud, so to speak;
If you have a garden, think about planting some trees or tall hedges in front of any problem areas: evergreens will work best all year round, since bare branches will not be as effective as lush green vegetation at blocking noise; more than just adding noise-blocking potential, you can make a real feature of some additional greenery.
Large potted plants can work well when planting trees and shrubs are not an option, whilst erecting a fence can also work wonders: just be sure to position any additional elements outside your home strategically and in a manner which complements the appearance of your property.