In this post, we will share some effective ways of soundproofing a door. One of the most important steps when soundproofing a house or a room is to make sure that the door is soundproof. After all, the door is the biggest opening there is in most places you would attempt to soundproof.
So what are some of the options when it comes to soundproofing a door? And what would be the most effective way of doing it? Keep reading to find out.
Replace a hollow core door with a solid wood door
A solid wood door is one of the most effective means of soundproofing the biggest opening in the room. The downside is that it’s also the most expensive way to soundproof a door, so people on a budget may not be able to afford this solution.
Most modern homes have hollow doors throughout the home. In many cases, the only solid door is the front or back door of the house.
A hollow door is made of a thin sheet of wood. You can tell if the door is hollow or solid just by knocking on it. If there is an echo, it’s hollow.
The weight of the door is another way of telling if it’s hollow or solid. If the door wobbles when you knock on it, it’s probably not solid.
Check whether the doors of your house are hollow or solid simply by knocking on them.
A solid door is the opposite of a hollow door. It is solid through and through. It stops most of the sound from passing through.
So if your front door is solid, you will be able to tell just by knocking on it.
Solid wood doors are made using many different types of solid wood like mahogany or oak. In some cases, a solid wood door may look just like any other door of your house, which is why we recommend the knocking test.
Use a door sweep
Almost every door inside a house has an open gap on the bottom of the door. A door sweep is used to seal the gap, preventing noise from entering the room.
Even a solid wood door won’t offer much soundproofing if there’s an open gap underneath it.
Apart from noise reduction, a door sweep also keeps dust and bugs on the other side of the door.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing a door sweep.
Weatherstrip the door
A soundproof strip is another effective way of soundproofing a wobbling door. People generally use weatherstrips for sealing windows. What you may not know is that these can be used to block noises around a door as well.
Look for self-adhesive soundproof weatherstrips. Clean and dry the area before applying the weatherstrip.
Remove a small portion of the strip to expose the self-adhesive surface, stick it on the inner door frame. Start from the top corner and run the strip all the way to the bottom of the door.
The perimeter along which the door makes contact with the door frame while closed is most suitable for installing the strip.
When you close the door after applying the strip, it will form a seal around the door, preventing noise from coming through.
Seal gaps and cracks in a door
Use a soundproofing sealant to fill any small gaps and cracks in older doors.
Hang a soundproofing blanket
You can find a number of cost-effective soundproofing blankets on the market. These blankets are made up of fiber with good soundproofing properties.
Use velcro to hang a soundproof blanket. Make sure that the velcro is designed for use with the blanket’s fiber. Some velcro options are only designed for use on a metal surface.
Fill a hollow core door with insulation foam
This option is not frequently discussed, but you can turn a hollow core door into solid by filling it with insulation foam. Make small holes on the edges of the door. Start from a low point on the door and let the foam expand and solidify. Keep progressing to the top of the door, spraying foam every 12 inches.
Plug the holes using tape so the foam doesn’t release outward. Remove the lock mechanism during the treatment to avoid damaging the hardware.
If you are looking for premium exterior and interior solid wood doors with aesthetic design options and impressive soundproofing capabilities, get in touch with First Impression Wood Masters. Visit our store in Edmonton or check out our online product catalogue.