Siding Sound Transmission: Reducing Noise for a Quieter Home

exteriors-unlimited-6Spokane Valley residents are no stranger to urban traffic noise. The constant sound of cars, planes, and pedestrians can really be distracting for homeowners that just want peace and quiet. To reduce noise, you may want to consider the sound transmission of your siding.

Every Siding Material Has a Different Sound Transmission Level

The level of noise insulation differs depending on the type of siding. Vinyl, for example, outperforms all others for noise frequencies below 4,000 Hz. Stone and other organic material, on the other hand, performs better for frequencies above 4,000 Hz.

Look at this chart for a general idea of sound measured in Hz.

Heavier and thicker siding is also better for dampening sound. Ask a contractor about siding thickness if reducing noise levels is a top priority. Also, composite siding – those made from two or more materials – tend to work better as a noise barrier.

Other Ways to Soundproof Your Home

You should also go beyond the siding. Put it this way: the more mass between the home interior and exterior the better. You should also consider thicker windows, such as triple-pane glass rather than the more conventional double-pane.

Consider adding more foliage to the area as well. Trees make excellent noise blockers and can reduce sound transmission by as much as 40%. Conifers are a good choice because they produce dense foliage year-round.

Finally, for the ultimate noise barrier, have the walls renovated with brick or other stone. You can still install siding over the masonry as long as the walls maintain a flat surface.

We’ll Keep Out Unwanted Noise

Call Spokane Exteriors for a home ‘facelift’. Our special offers make all renovations affordable. We know all about siding and sound transmission, and can install the right type to provide the best protection against unwanted noise in your home.
Edited by Justin Vorhees

Siding Installation for a Quieter Home Interior

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