In accordance with the interior decoration.. Advanced methods of sound insulation

Whether it is related to the location of the house, on the public road, where traffic is heavy, or the multiplicity of activities of the residents of the house at the same time, which means that one of them studies his lessons while the other ‘ hold an “online” meeting, and the third watches TV, or next to the apartment of his “disturbing” people, or he grows up. There are naughty little ones in it, or its owner plays music, with very discordant tones… The search for solutions to absorb noise is a must, bearing in mind that some solutions are “economic”, and others require the assistance of a expert.
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In terms of methods aimed at reducing noise, without spending money, furniture is ahead of them, provided it is upholstered with materials such as: suede, microfibre, “chenille”, ribbed cotton or velvet, as it then absorbs sound absorb, with the addition of cushions to sofas, sofas or chairs, for greater efficiency. In this case, several pieces of furniture are spread on the wall, allowing the sound to penetrate, without skipping the balance factor in the room’s decor. Thick curtains also play a role in this framework, especially if the window transmits unwanted sounds. And so are carpets, in the case of wooden floors. Other times, it is enough to move the bed from one wall to another to fall asleep.
The architect and soundproofing specialist, Hammam Al-Kahala, supports the use of carpets, curtains and furniture to reduce the noise level, but Al-Kahala limits this role to the case of sounds of a moderate level. He points out that the effect of the redistribution of belongings can sometimes be little or not noticeable, depending on the area in which furniture, carpets or curtains are placed, as well as the type of fabric chosen for the aforementioned elements, noting that some types of fabric allow the absorption of sound waves, while others play a negative role in this regard.

Wall panels «polyester fiber».

“Polyester Fiber” panels, called PET for short, deliver high performance in terms of absorbing loud sounds and treating echoes inside rooms.

Advanced methods of noise reduction are not without appeal, including: the use of “polyester fiber” sheets, called PET. About these panels, Al-Kahala says that they are installed on the walls of bedrooms, living rooms, children’s and corridors… and offer high performance in terms of absorbing loud sounds and treating echoes inside the rooms, while makes it look elegant, in terms of decoration, due to the multitude of colors of said panels, and the provision of various options. To be installed on the walls, knowing that the panels are very easy to install and care for . He explains that “the aforementioned panels are made from recycled materials, and are available in more than twenty colors, and countless designs and shapes, which achieve harmony with other elements of interior decoration.”

The “polyester fiber” panels look elegant, in terms of decoration

Sound insulation materials are developing day by day, in terms of quality, performance and ease of installation

Wall covered with noise insulation material

double glazing

To keep out the noise, there are double insulating glass windows, as well as triple glazing

Among the advanced ways to also block noise, there is the double window glass that isolates noise, as well as the triple glazing; As for the difference between them, the expert says that, compared to double glazing, triple glazing reduces the noise coming from outside, provided that the triple glazing window meets the following conditions:

  • Use at least one (or two) layers of tempered glass.
  • The window is made of glass of different thicknesses.
  • Make sure the window is equipped to insulate and prevent sound leakage.

New technologies

Al-Kahali answers “Madam’s” question about new technologies in terms of ways to reduce noise in the rooms of the house, saying that “sound insulation materials are developing day by day, in terms of quality, performance and ease of installation. ” He call the “Acoustic Plaster”, since the latter is a plaster that treats the reflection of sound waves, which causes resonance, and is sprayed on walls and ceilings, when the last coat of paint is applied, after the correct insulation material has been installed, which helps to more to absorb Reduces 70% of unwanted noise within large spaces and rooms.

Tips…

Al-Kahala explains to the reader, who complains about noise, in his abode, that “there are many sources of disturbance and noise in houses; Some of them are external, represented by car traffic and road works, and some are internal, such as: the sounds of television, air conditioning and the noise of children. And he calls for “the determination of the main source of noise, and its treatment with the correct soundproofing material for this type of noise, after consultation with specialists in sound insulation,” pointing out that “some primary methods, ie increasing the number of furniture and carpets, may benefit to a certain extent, but not achieve the required result.” ».
It is advised to isolate the sound and treat its echo during the early stages of the design of the house, which saves a lot of money and brings successful results. In this context, sound is treated by isolating building elements such as ceilings, walls and floors with insulating materials specific to each element, to prevent the transmission of sounds between rooms and spaces. In the decoration plan, materials with sound-absorbing surfaces are then used and covered with cladding, such as: “acoustic glue”, textile panels, “polyester fiber”, and perforated wood.

Remote business meetings

The hybrid work model that has become widespread recently requires performing tasks on some days from the company’s headquarters, and on others remotely (from home), setting up a home office, in a quiet space, to focus, as well as good participation in “online” meetings. . As for the presence of external and internal voices and their resonance, at home, the matter is a challenge for the remote worker, which can reduce productivity.
In the confrontation, Al-Kahala advises to choose the quietest room, and turn it into an office, adding a sound insulation system for each of the walls, ceiling, door and window, creating a suitable working atmosphere. However, if the above things are not available, Al-Kahala advises to buy a soundproof room, and this latter is a small room that can accommodate one or more people, and guarantees the best solution for sound insulation, and “weaving” a quieter and “productive” work environment.

Architect and specialist in sound insulation Hammam Kahaleh

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