Inexpensive Noise Absorbing Material for Home Use
Uses of Noise Absorbing Material at Home
Not all people are concerned about finding noise absorbing material that they can install at home. After all, there’s really no great need for a home to be checked for room acoustics unlike with an office or a public auditorium. On the other hand, it never hurts to know about the dynamics of room acoustics and the ways that you can achieve sound room-quality using a very simple, even crude, noise absorbing material that can be found at home.
You might be thinking, for what reasons can you possibly need sound absorbing materials at home? For starters, if you have a teenage kid at home who belongs to a band and practices in your garage, you will definitely be looking for ways to keep the noise level to a minimum, not just for your own peace but for your neighbors’ as well.
Another place in the house where you may want to install some noise absorbing material is the laundry room. Although the noise here won’t be as loud as the one produced by a group of enthusiastic teens with various musical instruments, you might want to keep the loud hums of the machines down if the laundry room is located beside a receiving room or a bedroom.
Of course, if you have a designated TV room with a monstrous audio component, you’ll definitely want to keep the noise in this room isolated. Besides, if you give a TV room an overhaul to isolate noise and improve the acoustics, you’ll also get to enjoy watching movies with wicked musical scores and soundtracks even more.
Examples of Noise Absorbing Material
It is possible to install some noise absorbing material at home without shelling out too much cash. There are many things found at home that can be used as alternative sound absorbers. The most popular, for instance, are egg trays and ordinary foam sheets. Notice that these two closely resemble the sophisticated and expensive acoustic panels that are manufactured by companies specializing in materials and equipment for room acoustics.
The uneven, cratered surfaces of the egg trays make it impossible for sound waves to bounce off from the walls in one direction, which would result to audible reverberations or echoes. Upon hitting the dimpled surface of egg trays, the sound waves will refract in various directions and in different angles. This slows down the rebounded sound waves, making them less audible and quick to disperse.
With the foam, the sound waves lose steam on the rebound because of the its softness and perforated surface, as opposed to a plain wall’s hard and smooth expanse (which is perfect for sound refraction and echo production). This is why foam is more often considered as noise absorbing material while egg trays are often classified under soundproofing.
If you have these things at home already you can install them on your walls using adhesives like heavy-duty, double-sided tape. Glue works pretty well, too; just be sure to use the non-toxic ones. By putting up some noise absorbing material in the noisy areas of your home, you can enjoy some peace and quiet without restricting other members of the household from doing noisy activities.