How to block out & reduce noise at home


You know those neighbours who wake you up at 5am when they loudly slam the car door?

Or the express bus that stops outside your place like clockwork – every 10 minutes from 6am?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could help reduce that noise and block it out? The good news is that there are certain products that can help you do exactly that.

“When you’re doing a build you have to insulate your house anyway, so you’re better off doing it with sound-reducing products,” says Lana Taylor from Three Birds.

From hush glass to acoustic wall cavity insulations, we reveal three innovative products (“Most people don’t even know they exist!” says Lana) to help you have happy ears and a happy home.

Deciding on great insulation will save you money down the track, and if you get the right type – like acoustic insulation – it could help to block out noise, too. Picture: Getty

1. Hush glass

Shhh… did you know hush glass is actually a thing?

If you didn’t, you should shout it to all your mates as it’s about to become your next best friend.

“Most people think there’s just one type of glass that’s see-through,” says Lana. “But you can get all different types of glass.”

Hush laminate glass by Viridian is one such example. It’s a thin, light solution that’s said to decrease sound by 34% in comparison to ordinary glass.

Lana says hush glass isn’t something you’d use everywhere, rather you choose your places.

“If noise is an issue for you, it’s so handy to know you don’t need to buy new windows – you can just get the glass replaced.”

2. Acoustic insulation

Internal sound between rooms is also an issue in many households, whether you’re share housing and have an early-bird flatmate who regularly wakes you up – or you have young kids (enough said).

Take, for example, a bedroom where the walls back onto an ensuite and shower, making noise travel a concern.

Walls like this in-between rooms can be retrofitted with a special product called Bradford SoundScreen acoustic insulation. It’s designed to lower noise transfer from one room to another.

“It won’t completely block out the noise,” says Lana, “but it will certainly help and go a long way to reducing it.”

3. Sound-proof Gyprock

In addition to using acoustic insulation, Gyprock Soundcheck is a product that further helps to reduce noise at home.

It’s a high-density gypsum plasterboard designed with increased noise absorption properties for residential and commercial walls and ceilings.

“There are all these different types of Gyprock I didn’t even know about it,” says Lana.

“It’s the invisible products that make all the difference.”

If these walls could talk… they’d tell you that Gyprock Soundcheck can further help reduce noise at home. Picture: Courtesy of Gyprock

READ: How to reduce noise at home

This article was originally published as How to block out & reduce noise at home by and is written by Kristy Barratt .

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