Last Updated: February 9th, 2019
One of the most annoying things you can experience is to deal with noisy neighbors. I had problems with my neighbors who turn his backyard into a workshop. I once confronted him about the loud noise am hearing daily and he promised to keep it down but I was still being annoyed by the hammering, drilling and just about all the loud activity you can think of throughout the day.
Because of this, I lost a lot of sleep and my wife was constantly complaining. So the only option I had was to find a way to block all the noise from the neighbors. I have always loved DIY projects, which makes things a bit easier for me. To help you out, there are few proven method you can use for blocking out the noise from your neighbors yard.
How to Block Noise From Neighbors Yard
1. Soundproof the Windows
The first step you’ll want to take is to soundproof your windows because one-way noise is entering your house is through the windows. You can completely block the windows but this will stop all light from getting into the room.
So the easiest and cheapest way to properly soundproof your windows is to use sealant. Same like doors, windows have several gaps that let sound through. You can easily find these gaps because they are all over, you can use this adhesive sealant (the most popular one on Amazon). Using adhesive is one of the most basic ways to seal any gaps and the price is quite affordable.
If you are willing to spend a good amount of money then another effective method would be to install double pane windows. These windows have an extra layer of glass which help to reduce heat transmission and the amount of noise significantly. (usually up to about 70%).
2. Soundproof the Door
Doors we see in apartments and houses are a usually hollow core. Hollow doors are lightweight and there are all kinds of way for sound to get through. So in a case like this, you’ll want to upgrade your door with the right soundproofing materials.
The first thing you should do is look around closely at your door and find the gaps and cracks. As you’ll see that most of the cracks are located on the edge of the door. Now you can start off by sealing all the gaps on the door using great stuff insulating foam sealant (link to Amazon). This is a water-resistant airtight and paintable sealant that is perfect to fill and insulate gaps.
The sealant is great for covering the gaps and cracks around the edge of the doors. However, if you take a closer look at the bottom of your door when it is closed you will notice a big gap between the floor and the bottom of the door.
This big gap is able to let in lots of noise, this is why we recommend installing a door sweep. A door sweep is able to block all noise that passes through the gap whenever the door is closed.
3. Soundproof the Walls
If you have a shared wall, then it is most likely how the loud noise gets to you. Walls are considered to be one of the biggest culprits when it comes to transmitting noise from your neighbors, so you may want to soundproof them as well. There are a couple of ways in which you can do that.
One of the most common ways to soundproof your wall is to use acoustic foams and panels. You mostly see these in recording studios, but they can be used in apartments and houses as well. They look expensive and difficult to install but trust me they are not, in fact, acoustic foams is a great idea if you don’t want to cover your walls with wallpapers.
You can add some drywall over your existing wall as well. Sounds travel a lot easier through thinner materials so the best idea is to add drywall to increase the thickness of the wall. It’s a great solution even though it requires a lot of work to properly install it. When installing the drywall we advise that you apply a layer of green glue between the drywall for better results. Its purpose is to absorb impact noise and it works extremely great.
If you don’t want to spend any money, then you can simply rearrange pieces of furniture inside your home. First of all, you need to fill up your room a bit. This will prevent the sound bouncing from hard surfaces like the walls are. I recommend using some bookshelves, couch, dresser, etc to cover the walls between apartments. Doing this you should not expect any vast results. This is just a simple trick to reduce noise.
4. Stop Noise From Entering Your Yard
I love to relax and have a quiet moment in the yard with my wife and kids. But when the noise started early in the morning it quickly becomes a place I avoid throughout the day until I decided to take extra steps in soundproofing the yard.
Soundproof Your Fence
I started off by soundproofing my existing fence. Instead of removing your existing fence you can simply soundproof it by applying soundproofing materials directly on the fence. I recommend using mass load vinyl for this project. You can easily cut the vinyl with scissors or knife to the required size and nail or screw it to the fence.
Plant Some Trees
Planting trees around the yard can be a bit effective in blocking out the noise. Although this may seem like long-term strategy trees can also help keep your yard cooler during the summer holiday.
Talk to Your Neighbors
Talking to my neighbors didn’t help much but your situation may be different. Sometimes your neighbors might not be aware that they are making noise and its affecting you. So before calling the cops, it’s best if you confront them and try to resolve the problem first.
Before starting your DIY project, I advised that you confront your neighbors and try resolving the issue. If you can’t do it through simple conversations, then it’s best to proceed with the steps I list in the article so you can have a noise free environment. You’ll be surprised how following these methods can make a huge difference.
Thank you for taking the time out to read our article. You can also check out my other articles on the site. How to soundproof a room from outside noise. if you have any question feel free to let us know by leaving a comment in the comment section below. We wish you the best on your soundproofing journey.
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