If you live in a densely populated area, chances are you’ve had to deal with noisy neighbors at some point
Dogs barking, kids screaming, lawn mowers blaring – sometimes it feels like your neighbor’s yard is one big noise machine. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, you may be wondering how to block out the racket.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to soundproof your yard and reduce the noise coming from your neighbor’s property. By following these tips, you can make your yard a peaceful oasis away from the noise of the world.
Soundproofing Backyard Noise from Coming inside Your House
sometimes the noise can be really loud to a point where you can’t have a quiet time inside your home and most people ask me about how to block that out and here are the few ways that truly work.
1. Blocking out the noise coming through the window
Windows are exposed to a lot of gaps and as a result sounds and noise finds it easy to exploit, If your window is facing directly at your neighbor’s yard then you must start with them.
Luckily there are a lot of ways to go about achieving this including:
Noise Reducing Curtains:
these are drapes that are made from thick sound-absorbing the material to absorb unwanted noise and also reducing echoes inside the house. I wrote an article about the best noise reducing curtains.
Find Gaps and seal them:
Window gaps are really easy to sport because they are all over, what you can use to seal them is a soundproof window strip that not only will block the noise but will also help insulate the room.
You can use self-adhesive weatherstrips to seal the gaps, which is really cheap.
Diy Window Plugs:
I recently published a post about how to make your own DIY window plug which will drastically help lower the sounds from windows click here to see it. Window plugs are not hard to do and they work like magic, what I like about the DIY method is the fact that you can make them removable.
Using Thick sound absorbing blanket.
This is not the best looking method in terms of aesthetics but worthwhile if you are on a budget. You simply have to hang sound absorbing blankets over the window to help bounce off that extra sound. moving blankets are preferred but any kind will do.
Completely Blocking out the Window.
This is one the most effective but less desired because completely closing off the window will block out the light coming in as well as could make the room hotter in winter.
By doing using one of the above methods will help you soundproof a window and as a result, little to no noise will come through. What I like about this is the fact that you don’t require an expert to help you.
2. Close off the gaps on the door
Well, I am sure you notice that most doors have open visible gaps, you would want to close them off if you are serious about reducing noise because it is easy for it to come through the door gaps. Fortunately, it is really easy to do that, all you have to do is:
- Purchase some soundproof weatherstrips ( don’t worry they really cheap)
- Get sound-absorbing door sweep
- Measure the door height and width
- Cut the weather strip according to the size
- then simply seal the gaps
- Then simply attach the door sweep
This is one of the most cost-effective methods because really all you need is weatherstripping depending on whichever ones you choose and they are big enough to use on windows too.
3. Soundproofing your walls
This is not as important as the windows and door but will help dramatically lower low-frequency noises like bass and the overall noise levels. There many ways to go about achieving this but in this article, I will cover only two ways.
1. Acoustic Foam Panels (Cost-effective)
Will I think it’s best if I start off by telling you that using acoustic foam panels won’t completely soundproof the walls, But will incredibly help absorb most sounds especially things like bass noise.
Acoustic foam panels are what you usually see in studios ( Especially home) because they help absorbing sounds and echoes also with the balancing of noise levels.
It is one of the inexpensive and quickest ways to sound dampen your wall. and you probably won’t need an expert to help you with the installation process.
2. Adding Extra drywall using green glue (Effective)
I recently wrote an entire article reviewing green glue and I must say, I am impressed by what green glue can really do. If you don’t what it is, green glue is a noise-proofing solution that is often used with drywall to sound dampen sounds from an adjacent room/house.
This is a little bit more advanced and costs a little more but with that said it is also the most effective of the two methods.
This is a bit complicated to install but anyone could really do it (If I can do it, then you can too) all you have to do is watch a bunch of tutorials and you are good to go, or if you have extra cash you can hire someone to do it for you.
Backyard Noise Reduction: Stopping Traffic and Other Sounds From Coming Inside Your Yard.
Well if you are like me and prefer to have quiet moments and think in my yard then you would also want to try and combat some of the noise coming through.
1. Plant sound-absorbing trees/plants
I know this sounds like a long-term strategy because it is, nothing blocks out noise like trees and shrubs. luckily you can skip all the wait by learning to plant instant hedges which will also help you reduce traffic noise in your backyard.
you can find tons of information only about these sound-absorbing plants including here. surely this is one of the best even when combating traffic noises.
2. Consider Upgrading your current fence to a Soundproof Fence
Upgrading your fence can take a lot of resources but it is worth it if the noises from the backyard are loud enough to disturb your day to day living, then looking at a noise reduction fence may be a viable option.
3. White noise machine.
You can use the white noise machine to play sounds on your backyard, the sounds are generally calming and soothing if you can’t block sounds this can be a viable option for your backyard.
4. Politely have a word with your neighbors
In truth sometimes they might not be really aware that they are making noise and it’s disturbing you. Before trying any of the methods it’s best to have a word with them and try to resolve the issue first.
If you don’t know how to deal with loud neighbors? this article will help you with that exactly.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I stop my neighbors from making noise in my yard?
To stop your neighbors from making noise in your yard, you can either talk to them and calmly asked them to stop making noise and if that doesn’t work, then you can soundproof your backyard using the methods described in this article
How do I soundproof my backyard?
In order to soundproof your backyard do the following:
- Install a Noise barrier Fence
- Add more decorative objects to deflect sounds
- Plant/buy Noise-reducing Plants
- Soundproof your house
These steps are explained in detail above, follow it and you will drastically cut down the backyard noise.
I hope this article helped you stop the noise from your neighbor’s yard. Feel free to let me know if you need help with anything. other than that if you are looking for more soundproofing solutions click here.