Taking steps when renovating to remove unwanted noise in your home

The extra step: Using acoustic underlay beneath flooring, along with sound dampening vinyl planks, can help soundproof your home.
The extra step: Using acoustic underlay beneath flooring, along with sound dampening vinyl planks, can help soundproof your home.

When purchasing or renovating a house, people usually have a similar agenda that they look at for improvements including kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, painting or wall coverings and temperature control.

One thing that is often missed however is noise pollution. The 2016 census revealed that more Australians living in capital cities are residing in high density apartments or townhouses, than detached dwellings. This can result unwanted noise in the home from late night party-loving neighbours, plumbing noises from above, or even unwanted noise from inside your own home. 

Sound proofing your property can help prevent noise permeating from other rooms inside your home and also reduce outside noise from penetrating your home.

The Neighbour Zone Sound Reducing System is an ideal solution to regain peace and quiet at home.

Christopher Lubbers, USG Boral Category Manager

There are a few quick and easy ways to limit noise pollution throughout your home.

  • Plug sound leaks using acoustic sealant around gaps, eaves, and door and window frames.
  • Change your doors from hollow core to solid doors.
  • Replace windows with double glazed options which will also help with temperature control.
  • Replace underlay with soundproofing versions under your carpet or floating floorboards.
  • Utilise rugs and carpets rather than naked floors to help dampen noise levels.

There are also more involved approaches that may cost more, but will provide much better results. These include installing soundproofing materials such as acoustic panels to your wall or installing further layers to walls and flooring to reduce unwanted noise.

Systems such as their Neighbour Zone Sound Reducing System from plasterboard innovators, USG Boral, are ideal for renovations and retrofitting homes. It allows home owners to create more effective sound barriers for separating walls, common walls and ceilings, than standard plasterboard.

USG Boral category manager Christopher Lubbers said unwanted noise can disrupt the comfort of those living in the home. “The Neighbour Zone system is a simple remedial solution to improve the acoustic performance of a space to create a more welcoming and liveable environment,” he said.

SoundProofing: You can reduce unwanted noise by up to ten decibels with solutions such as the Neighbour Zone Sound Reducing System. Photo: USG Boral

SoundProofing: You can reduce unwanted noise by up to ten decibels with solutions such as the Neighbour Zone Sound Reducing System. Photo: USG Boral