Read­ing rooms for peace and quiet

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

Many homes in­clude rooms specif­i­cally de­signed for read­ing. If this room is con­ducive to re­lax­ation and in­tel­lec­tual ac­tiv­i­ties, what about mu­sic lovers or film fans who would also love to have a spe­cial area set aside for their in­ter­ests? Here are a few tips for sound­proof­ing a room, helping to avoid con­flicts with other oc­cu­pants of the house.

First of all, it is im­por­tant to dis­tin­guish be­tween in­su­la­tion and the prod­uct de­vel­oped es­pe­cially for sound­proof­ing. The for­mer in­cludes such things as dec­o­ra­tive tiles for the ceil­ing which would only soften any res­o­nance in the room. They do not pre­vent sound from spread­ing. Of all the dif­fer­ent sound­proofng com­po­nents in a room, acous­tic in­su­la­tion in­side the walls is the most im­por­tant and the most ef­fec­tive. It could con­sist of fi­bre-glass, min­eral or cel­lu­lose wool. Re­silient bars, which are strips of gal­va­nized steel, are then in­stalled. Their func­tion is to stop noise trans­mis­sion through the plumbing or the frame­work of the home. They are fixed on the wall beams or the floor joists. Af­ter this, dry­wall can serve to fin­ish the walls as well as to re­in­force the sound-proof­ing ef­fect.

As a last step, draught proof­ing tape, specif­i­cally de­signed for acous­tics, should be used. Sound can be trans­mit­ted through even the small­est of cracks, be­tween the frame of a door and the frame­work of the wall as well as be­tween the dry wall and the floor. It is im­por­tant there­fore to seal the room’s perime­ter.

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