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In today’s fast-paced, noisy world, finding a little peace and quiet is not always easy – even in your own home. You might live next door to loud neighbours who like to throw house parties or talk at the tops of their voices. Perhaps you live in a ground-floor flat that is located on a busy road, with a constant rumble of traffic. Or, maybe you’re a light sleeper and need to limit slight noise intrusions so that you can get the rest you need. Whatever the situation, here are three easy ways in which you can make your home more soundproof.

1.      Soundproof windows: install double, triple or secondary glazing

Single glazing offers very little protection against noise intrusions. This is because it is not the glass itself that stops noise entering the home – it is the combination of multiple layers of glass and the inert gas that fills the cavity between them. By upgrading to double glazing (standard soundproof window), you should notice an immediate reduction in sound pollution. Triple glazing offers another layer of soundproofing glass and gas, though this works most effectively when each of the panes is a different thickness. If you own a period property and are not able to get planning permission to upgrade to double glazing, then you could consider secondary glazing. This is a separate pane of glass that is fitted just inside the original window – not actually affecting the single glazing – and offers the further layer of glass and gas that soundproofing needs.

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2.      Use soft sound-blocking furnishings

Science tells us that, while hard surfaces cause sound waves to bounce around a room, soft furnishings absorb them – as such, lessening the sound that you hear. A simple way in which you can reduce noise pollution in your home is to use soft furnishings throughout. You could consider laying carpets if you currently have wooden floors. You might also like to fit sound-blocking curtains; these heavy curtains absorb sound before it enters the room.

3.      Seal your interior doors

A common source of sound intrusion around the home is your interior doors. If your interior doors have gaps between the frame and the wall, then sound waves can get through these. An easy remedy is to apply soundproofing strips to the edges of the doors. This way, if noise does manage to enter the home, then you can stop it from getting into some of the rooms.

Here at Unique Windows, our range of double-glazed soundproof windows and doors is expertly designed to lessen noise intrusions within your home. Contact us today to find out more.

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