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I’m going to discuss with you different methods on how to block noise from the neighbors yard. If you’ve lived in a noisy neighborhood, you probably know how messy it can be.
I was born and raised in California, one of the most populated states in America. Our family has been a victim of “noisy neighbors” stomping from the above floor, shooting target in the neighborhood, dogs barking, loud generators- the list is endless.
And because you can’t force your neighbor to do whatever they do in their yard, it’s your responsibility to find a way to block yard noise from your house.
I started DIY projects when I was 10yrs, and it’s been 14 years since then. Below are some hacks on how to block noise from the neighbor’s yard.
Let’s get started.
How To Block Noise from Neighbor’s Yard
Before we get started, I’d like to let you know that depending on your neighbor; you can solve this noise problem in simple one or multiple steps.
Your neighbor can agree to stop whatever activity is causing disturbances. Alternatively, you may be forced to combine different methods.
1. Chat with your noisy neighbor
One of the simplest methods to deal with a noisy neighbor would be talking with your neighbor about the noise problem.
You may be surprised to know that the neighbor was even never aware that he was being a nuisance in the first place.
This trick worked when I was 15 years old. My dad and I approached a neighbor who’d use his old noisy air compressor in the backyard.
We never confronted him, but my dad made sure that the neighbor was aware that his old compressor was a nightmare to us.
Guess what he did?
He had to sell the old compressor and replaced it with a quieter air compressor.
If you’re faced with the same problem, I’d recommend you to have a chat with your neighbor.
If your neighbor works from his garage, you could show him some techniques on how to soundproof a garage.
This way, they’ll block noise from leaking outside their garage workshops. Additionally, you could inform your neighbor about some quiet products that will help reduce the noise problem.
Soundproof Your House
Soundproofing your house means you’ll have to deal with every aspect of your home. You need to deal with the windows, doors, walls, ceiling and the floor.
2. Soundproof the door
The biggest culprit that could be leaking noise from the neighbor’s yard is the door that leads outside your house.
While the door can block some medium sound frequencies, it won’t block low frequency and high-frequency noises.
Here’s how you can help reduce noise coming through the door.
- Seal all the gaps and cracks
- Close the gap between the door and the floor
- Use noise reducing blankets
You’ll need a door sweep to close the gap between the door and the floor. The best part about door sweeps is that you’ll be able to prevent bugs and insects from crawling inside. I’d recommend the Suptikes Door Stopper for this job.
The next step involves adding more mass to the door. This will help block more noise. You’ll need something that can soundproof the door. Check out the Audimute soundproofing sheets.
You must soundproof all the vulnerable areas of your house. Now that we’ve dealt with the doors let’s deal with the windows.
To reduce yard noise from your house, you will need to do the following:
- Install soundproof windows
- Seal all the gaps and cracks
- Use soundproofing curtains
- Window plug
- Use extra windowpane
Whichever method you choose, you will still have to seal all the cracks in the window and the frame. For the sealing, you only need a foam tape.
In addition, you may also require soundproof curtains which should cover from slightly above the window to the floor. These curtains not only absorb the sounds but also beautify your home.
A double curtain works better than a single one since it absorbs more noise. Dense Blinds can be another option which not only insulates your home but also provide security barring an intruder from breaking into your house.
When you are living with a noisy neighbor, you should soundproof your walls especially the one facing their yard.
There are some methods you can choose depending on the kind of noise you, your budget, and whether you want to soundproof from the inside of your house or on the surface level.
Soundproofing from the inside of the wall is the best method if vibrations cause noise. To soundproof the walls, you will need the following materials:
- Mass loaded vinyl (MLV)– They are heavy and can be used to absorb sounds of any frequency. What you need to do is screw them to the wall.
- Drywall– you can add drywall to the existing walls meaning that the wall will have more mass that will help in blocking the sound.
- Green Glue– green glue is applied between two layers of a soundproofing material or drywall
Plant Noise Blockers
Planting dense trees is one of the best methods of dealing with the noise coming from your neighbors.
Noise blocking trees are good in an area where sounds are produced by hard surfaces such as buildings or pavements, especially in the urban areas. They are one of the best options since they absorb the noise of a high frequency which causes a lot of disturbance.
How to plant soundproofing trees
You should plant the trees like a hedge. Space them right so that no, there are no gaps between the trees or scrubs when they mature. You can also plant them in layers for better results.
You should plant shrubs near the source of the noise, then plant the trees behind and lastly, a row of scrubs facing your home. These shrubs near your home give a beautiful landscape design that has a good scent and have an appealing view.
Trees with broad leaves are more effective than those with narrow leaves. Go for trees with dense branches that reach the ground to ensure maximum sound absorption. Examples include hollies and junipers.
Alternative Methods of Soundproofing Walls
If you are not willing to reconstruct your walls, you can go for sound dampening materials which include, sound deadening panels, Audimute Mover Blanket, Mass Loaded Vinyl.
What you will need is screws or nails to install the MLV or the moving blanket on the wall, which will take you less than 30 minutes.
You will need hanging strips for the soundproofing panels, but the nails and the screws can also work in case the strips are unavailable. There is a variety of soundproofing panels in the market but most of them will block echo and not the noise. I would recommend you to go for Uber Dense Acoustic Panels since I tried them and worked very well.
Scandia Moss Panels
They are designed to be used indoor placed on the wall using hanging strips. The panels have a good design and are said to give good results in noise reduction.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
Soundproofing isn’t something that should be taken as a hobby, it should be a skill that every homeowner should be equipped with.
Most of the work documented on this blog comes from purely first hand experience, and the products recommended work as indicated.