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Soundproofing Your Music Room

Garden buildings can make ideal music rooms; as a quiet space away from the rest of the house, it means you limit not only the number of distractions, but also the risk of disturbing others in your home.

Thanks to the method of construction and materials used, many garden rooms offer a natural level of soundproofing, meaning that whether you're rehearsing as a group of delivering tuition, it can be a quiet area that lends itself to music.

Here we take a look at when, why and how you might like to upgrade to create a near silent retreat.

Some Soundproofing As Standard

A high quality garden room, such as the ones offered by Garden Spaces, will already be fairly well insulated against sound. The materials used in the walls, ceiling and roof are made up of various layers of different thicknesses, which helps insulate the building from the cold in the winter and heat in the summer. These insulating properties also apply to sound, preventing sound from travelling through the exterior of the building. By selecting the right materials for your build, you can not only make the space completely weatherproof but also make it ideal for sound deadening.

When To Add A Soundproof Upgrade

Whereas soundproofing a room is usually to benefit those on the outside from the music coming from within, it's also to the advantage of the musicians to protect themselves from the noise of the outside world. For those in the city, traffic noises, sirens and nearby schools make an unwelcome white noise that hinders creativity. Soundproofing can also avoid unwelcome echoes, which bounce from the wall, making the music sound better.

Soundproofing Upgrades

Ideally a soundproofing upgrade should be carried out at the time the room is installed. We add additional layers of insulating materials to the floor, wall, and ceiling to keep noise out and sound in. This reduces the labour and material cost of having work done retroactively.

Windows, even when closed, are a chink in the building's soundproofing armour. Keeping the glazed area to a minimum, by choosing a building with fewer, smaller windows will help, as will purpose-made acoustic glazing.

Soundproof Decorating

Once your room is constructed, there are additional measures you can take to help soundproof the space. Carpets or rugs will help absorb sound, as do blinds or heavy wool serge curtains at the windows. There are also specialist soundproof decorating supplies, such as a latex wall liner or wallpaper available.

Although soundproofing requires an initial investment in terms of time and money, many garden room owners value the flexibility this upgrade affords them. The garden room becomes more than just a potential office or entertaining space, but also a music tuition room, rehearsal studio, home cinema and much more.

Date: 05/12/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges