Cre­ate your own sanc­tu­ary of si­lence

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly - By Scott McGil­livray

Noise is around us all the time and it can be hard to find a quiet mo­ment. So why not cre­ate your own peace­ful sanc­tu­ary by sound­proof­ing your home?

If you’re plan­ning to ren­o­vate, start with spe­cial at­ten­tion to the in­su­la­tion. First think about where you want, or need, the most undis­turbed peace in your home, and be­gin there. This will be the spot for your sanc­tu­ary of si­lence.

Stone wool in­su­la­tion is the top choice used in pro­fes­sional record­ing stu­dios, so you can’t get much bet­ter ma­te­rial than that as a sound damp­ener for your home. It is an ex­cel­lent acous­tic bar­rier that ac­tu­ally ab­sorbs the sound in­stead of leav­ing it to bounce around be­tween walls. This is due in part to its non-di­rec­tional fi­bre struc­ture and den­sity. For home­own­ers, re­tail­ers rec­om­mend a per­for­mancetested prod­uct called, Roxul Safe ‘n’ Sound min­eral wool in­su­la­tion. It pro­vides higher sound ab­sorp­tion against low fre­quency (bass) ranges that other types of in­su­la­tion strug­gle to block. To max­i­mize sound ab­sorbency, follow th­ese tips:

• Be­cause sound will travel through duct­work, in­su­late around it where pos­si­ble and avoid back-to-back duct open­ings.

• Use an acous­ti­cal caulk­ing or neo­prene strip be­tween the base­plate of the wall and the floor.

• If us­ing pot lights, use cer­ti­fied in­su­lat­ing boxes that al­low Safe ‘n’ Sound to be max­i­mized around them.

Im­me­di­ately after in­su­lat­ing, you will get in­creased com­fort and calm in your home by min­i­miz­ing the sounds of the tele­vi­sion, video games, mu­sic, ap­pli­ances, hob­bies, and of any con­ver­sa­tion that trav­els through­out the house. By sound­proof­ing a room it means that the sound is con­fined to that par­tic­u­lar space, leav­ing the rest of your home undis­turbed and your life, un­in­ter­rupted.

Scott McGil­livray is the award-win­ning TV host of the HGTV hit se­ries In­come Prop­erty, a full-time real es­tate in­vestor, con­trac­tor, au­thor, and ed­u­ca­tor. Follow him on Twit­ter @sm­cgillivray.

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