It can be tough to get enough sleep when you live in a busy neighbourhood that is filled with annoying sounds. Noise pollution from a busy street can slowly drive anyone insane. That constant clatter, hum, bark, screech, scream, or cry in your ears can increase your heart rate, cause stress levels to spike, and can make you feel all nasty and grouchy.
There are quite a few things you can do to create a more acoustically sound sleeping environment or home environment. But it is always best to start with your doors and windows since these are the areas where most of the sound waves tend to drift in.
Right now, you might not be able to do much about the sounds that travel through thin doors and windows, but you can still seal off the gaps around these home fixtures to drown out some of the noise and one of the best ways to do just that is with caulking.
What Type of Caulk to Use for Soundproofing?
All types of silicone based chalk will already help drown out some of the noise and will block out any drafts coming in through the gaps around your windows and doors. But if you want to make a significant difference then you should focus on acoustic caulk.
Why Acoustic Chalk Specifically
The reason soundproof caulk or acoustic caulk is better for soundproofing is that it is more flexible than traditional silicone caulk and doesn’t shrink as it dries. It forms a tighter seal in gaps and the rubbery, non-flammable, latex-based product doesn’t harden. Its flexible bouncy texture keeps sound waves from passing through.
This caulk is also quite durable compared to the average outdoor caulk. It clings better to various materials and offers good acoustic benefits for a long time to come.
Where to Use Acoustic Caulk
Acoustic caulk can be used to seal off any small gap in any part of the building. The product should be applied in a continuous strip around seams and over gaps of window frames, window panes, door frames, between drywall panels, walls, floors, ceilings, and any other crack or opening you might detect.
What Other Benefits Does Acoustic Caulk Offer?
This type of caulk is just as easy to apply as any other type of caulk. It is easy to apply to gaps and the product is relatively easy to scrape down and clean up for a smooth finish. The biggest alternative benefit to acoustic caulk is that it also has thermal properties. The caulk will keep any drafts from entering your home and it also avoids the loss of temperature through these gaps. In many buildings, this caulk is used to insulate rooms so they can stay warmer for longer during wintertime.
Is Acoustic Caulk Easy To Clean Up?
Acoustic caulk is a latex-based product that is also water-based. As with any other water-based product like paint, it can be wiped or washed off surfaces while it is still wet. But once the caulk has dried and settled, it can be very difficult to clear off surfaces.
While the caulk is still wet, it can easily be scraped down for a flat and smooth finish and any excess product can be washed off the walls. Professionals do however need to work quickly since the caulk can settle and dry rather quickly.
Caulking is a great solution for enhancing the soundproofing qualities of the exterior of your home. It is also terrific for blocking out drafts and for insulating your home. Contact IB Caulking if you need professionals to come and seal your home off so it will be warmer and quieter this winter.