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Glass and Pocket Doors Soundproofing Ideas

You come home from a long and stressful day at work. Finally, you have some free time. How could you possibly spend it? Well, the answer is rather obvious. You want to take a nice nap. And you’ve deserved it, we can agree on that. Anyway, nap time is always a good time.

So, you take your favorite blanket and settle in. Your eyes are rather heavy and they are slowly closing. Your mind is drifting off and a blissful smile is formed on your face. Pure enjoyment. Suddenly, though, an irritating sound is interrupting your happiness. Half-asleep, you flinch, startled, wondering what it might be.

No, this is not the beginning of a short horror story. On the contrary, this is a very, very real scenario. Although, it is just as unpleasant. And who do you have to thank for interrupting your peaceful sleep? The member of your family who just opened that annoyingly noisy door!

You’re probably ready for a fight. But, give them some credit, will you? The ultimate problem is the entrance device. For God’s sake, it’s made to be opened and closed and the whole household cannot simply stop functioning just because you want to rest your eyes.

What Kind of A Door Do You Own?

If you live in the United States of America, chances are that you are using one or both of the two most popular doors across the country. Yes, you have guessed it right. These are sliding glass and pocket doors. Before we go any further into the noise problem, let’s say something more about these two types.

Pocket Door

A disappearing door, huh? Who wouldn’t want to have one? By sliding into adjacent walls when open, this type has proved to be very convenient space-wise. After all, it takes up literally no space. However, they are also used because, well, they give your home a rather nice look. Additional info.

As all good things come with a disadvantage, this one is no exception either. When something is used on a daily basis, it is bound to develop a flaw. This product’s flaw is the unpleasant noise it begins to make after some time.

Glass Door

As a single unit consisting of two panel sections, a sliding glass door usually serves as an entrance to the garden, or a patio. The amount of sunlight that it lets into your home and the view it offers are benefits enough. Furthermore, its aesthetical appeal is one of the reasons it is so widespread.

On the other hand, and as with our previous “specimen”, after some wear and tear, you might hear some squeaking that won’t complement your ears. Due to gaps developing under the sliding panel, they may start to creak. Luckily, both of these types of doors are “fixable” in terms of sound.

If you are feeling up to it, learn more about types of doors:


Listen! Did you hear that? No? Neither did I. It’s been soundproofed! Oh, what a marvelous invention. I really wish I could soundproof a lot of things. Like, vehicles, machines… Some people too. But, oh well, let’s stick with doors for the time being.

If you own the products I have mentioned above, you definitely want to start thinking in advance and cut all the ear-piercing noises right in the bud. Of course, you can’t just do it randomly. There are strategies, rules… Let me try to teach you some basics of how it is done. Once again, I will cover both types.

Closing Gaps On Glass Door

Naturally, since glass is a rather sensitive material, it might be a bit tricky to soundproof it without doing any damage. So the most important thing to keep in mind is that you have to be extra careful. Once you have mastered this, it’s time to identify the noise-making culprits.

Find the gaps. I repeat, find the gaps! And neutralize them! The gaps are to blame! Jokes aside, these are the number one concern when you are about to soundproof sliding doors in your home. Once you have identified them, you need to close them.

This can be done by using a weather-stripping tape or by installing a brush on the frame. These products can be found online. But, for the love of God, do some research before using them. Unless you are a professional, in which case I apologize.

Pocket Door Nightmare

Once more, it’s all about the gaps. Then, why am I calling this a nightmare, you might wonder? Stick with me for a little while longer and you just might find out. But, don’t let me scare you like this for nothing. Be everything as it may, a solution DOES exist and you WILL be able to resolve the screeching issue.

The lack of protruding into the pocket when these doors are closed is one of the main reasons they make noise. In addition to that, they come without a stop bead on the non-pocket side of the jamb. These minor issues make resolving the sound problem a bit challenging, albeit doable.

The trick is to choose the right material. If you go with the wrong type, chances are, after going through the process, you will discover that everything you’ve done was in vain. This is why you should think twice before deciding on a purchase. Do some extensive research, talk to people who have experience, even consult an expert if you are unsure you can choose on your own. In any case, it’s better to be on the safe side.

So, after venting a bit about not being able to sleep sometimes in my own home, I hope that I have given you some useful tips. Whatever the case may be, though, there is only one important thing to remember. Soundproofing! Soundproofing all the way! You will thank me the next time you are SOUND asleep and nothing is there to screech and wake you up. Except maybe your kids… But that’s a different story.

About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.

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