Hope someone here can help with suggestions.
I'm moving to a condo apartment that is very close to a major highway, faces
south-east and I'm a light sleeper. yeah.. I know.. but the thing is I think
I'll be fine as long as I can keep the bedroom reasonably quiet and dark. I
don't care if the bedroom windows are ever open. I know that I'll get used
to the noise, but really prefer a quiet sleep in a dark room if possible.
The rules for the condo are white, or light coloured drapery for the
windows. The windows themselves are hung on the outside of the building, so
there is a 6" indent in the wall where the windows are.
I was thinking that I could pickup some thick Styrofoam insulation and just
paint it white, or glue some old Venetians to it and jam it into the window
cavity, but I'm worried about condensation on the window and potential
damage. I'm in the Toronto are of Canada and so the winters can be quite
cold and the summers hot and humid.
Suggestions and/or comments welcome.
Draperies with blackout lining will take care of this.
A more economical approach would be to buy blackout lining and have someone
sew it to cover the window as an ungathered (flat) panel. Then install it
with staples or thumb tacks.
The lining can be purchase in 54" wide widths by however long you need it.
So, if the windows are less than 54" wide you can DYI with no cost except
Foam seems to magnify certain frequencies, It is hard and of low mass
and vibrates. It may work but transforming sound to mehanical energy
requires something that absorbes energy. Like a wood frame filled with
a dense absorbing material covered in cloth for looks. Heavy curtains
and liners can help as will good double pane glass.
Soundproof draperies are an expensive waste that wont work.
Measure the wondows, go to a Home Depot or whatever, get 1/2 inch particle
board cut to size, insert in the spaces, pretty up w/ drapes or whatever,
it will cut back the sound by 50 pct ?
Don't limit your work to just the window. You may find that the wall
ceiling etc, are letting in more noise than the window.
While this site has an org address it appears to be commercial, but it
has good information, and I believe offers supplies.
In general you want to block air exchange. Air caries sound very well.
(Try opening your car's window as a train is going by.)
Next you want weight. Heavy things (drywall lead sheets etc.) block
You also want to prevent any direct solid connections. Stagger wall
studs or use special isolation devices to keep the sound from traveling
through the wall (remember the two cans on a string (well wire actuarially
worked) you want to break the wire).
Filling in wall cavities with sound absorbing materials (acoustical
fiberglass bats) will do a little.
Point source control (special absorption material) at the source of the
sound will also help.
Peter H wrote:
As far as sound goes, I find a constant "white noise" blocks traffic
sounds, barking dogs, your idiot neighbor's TV coming through the wall
at 3am and other intermittent noise. One option is a small device
containing a fan that is made for this purpose, as described here
http://www.epinions.com/content_100213165700 They also make electronic
versions of this device, which tend to cost more & contain nonsense
sounds like chirping birds, babbling brooks, etc (you know, the very
crap that's keeping you awake in the 1st place ;-) Equally effective &
cheaper (though not as small/discrete/convenient, especially if you want
to take it with you when you travel) is simply running a small box fan
etc. in a corner against a wall.
Peter H wrote:
Why buy a condo in an area that isn't conducive of your live style
requirements? If you need quite for sleep, perhaps near a major highway
isn't the best location for you. It's doubtful you'll ever be able to
'retrofit' soundproofing to the point of making it a place in the country.
Used "Blackout" curtains can be had at:
How to make a windowplug is at
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