Airborne Noise Explained

What Is Airborne Noise?

Airborne noise or airborne sound is defined as any sound that is transmitted by the air, like music or speech. Sound waves are picked up and carried by air until they crash into something solid, like a wall. The collision sends vibrations through the wall and into the space beyond it. This is why you’re able to hear your neighbor’s dog barking as if it were inside your home; the sound waves created are carried by air until they reach your walls and vibrate through them.

While it is impossible to eliminate all airborne noise, there are a number of ways to greatly reduce it.

Ways To Reduce Airborne Sound

The first thing you’ll want to do is check for sound leaks in your walls. Even the smallest cracks allow airborne noise to enter your space easily, so be meticulous in your search. Windows and doors tend to be the most susceptible areas, but any gaps will lend to the noise problem. After you have located these weak spots, fill them in with sound blocking sealant or caulk to reinforce the structure and make it more difficult for sound to penetrate.

Once you have sealed any leaks, you may need to further soundproof your space with a barrier or soundproofing material such as the “acoustical wallpaper.” This material is durable, lightweight and easy to install making it a great DIY solution. Once hung, the “wallpaper” can be primed and painted over so no one will even know it’s there and can reduce airborne noise by up to 75%.

If your airborne sound problem is extreme, or if it is coming from inside the building itself via pipes and other mechanical noise sources, it may require a more intricate fix. The Wall Blokker and Wall Blokker Pro are engineered to mitigate a wide range of frequencies for superior noise reduction. These sound reduction materials are designed for installation behind a finished wall during construction or between an existing wall and a new layer of drywall during renovations.

If your airborne sound problem is coming from above, a similar product exists for your ceiling. The Drop Ceiling Noise Blokker is the best solution for combating noise from above by blocking the transmission of sound waves through the ceiling.