You come home from a long andstressful day at work. Finally, you have some free time. How could you possiblyspend it? Well, the answer is rather obvious. You want to take a nice nap. Andyou’ve deserved it, we can agree on that. Anyway, nap time is always a goodtime.
So, you take your favoriteblanket 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. Pureenjoyment. Suddenly, though, an irritating sound is interrupting yourhappiness. Half-asleep, you flinch, startled, wondering what it might be.
No, this is not the beginning ofa 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 yourpeaceful sleep? The member of your family who just opened that annoyingly noisydoor!
You’re probably ready for afight. But, give them some credit, will you? The ultimate problem is the entrancedevice. For God’s sake, it’s made to be opened and closed and the wholehousehold cannot simply stop functioning just because you want to rest youreyes.
What Kind of A Door Do You Own?
If you live in the United Statesof America, chances are that you are using one or both of the two most populardoors across the country. Yes, you have guessed it right. These are sliding glassand pocket doors. Before we go any further into the noise problem, let’s saysomething more about these two types.
A disappearing door, huh? Whowouldn’t want to have one? By sliding into adjacent walls when open, this typehas proved to be very convenient space-wise. After all, it takes up literallyno space. However, they are also used because, well, they give your home arather nice look. Additionalinfo.
As all good things come with adisadvantage, this one is no exception either. When something is used on adaily basis, it is bound to develop a flaw. This product’s flaw is theunpleasant noise it begins to make after some time.
As a single unit consisting oftwo panel sections, a sliding glass door usually serves as an entrance to thegarden, or a patio. The amount of sunlight that it lets into your home and theview it offers are benefits enough. Furthermore, its aesthetical appeal is oneof the reasons it is so widespread.
On the other hand, and as withour previous “specimen”, after some wear and tear, you might hear somesqueaking that won’t complement your ears. Due to gaps developing under thesliding panel, they may start to creak. Luckily, both of these types of doorsare “fixable” in terms of sound.
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Listen! Did you hear that? No?Neither did I. It’s been soundproofed! Oh, what a marvelous invention. I reallywish I could soundproof a lot of things. Like, vehicles, machines… Some peopletoo. But, oh well, let’s stick with doors for the time being.
If you own the products I havementioned above, you definitely want to start thinking in advance and cut allthe ear-piercing noises right in the bud. Of course, you can’t just do itrandomly. There are strategies, rules… Let me try to teach you some basics ofhow it is done. Once again, I will cover both types.
Closing Gaps On Glass Door
Naturally, since glass is arather sensitive material, it might be a bit tricky to soundproof it withoutdoing any damage. So the most important thing to keep in mind is that you haveto be extra careful. Once you have mastered this, it’s time to identify thenoise-making culprits.
Find the gaps. I repeat, find thegaps! And neutralize them! The gaps are to blame! Jokes aside, these are thenumber one concern when you are about to soundproofsliding doors in your home. Once you have identified them, you need toclose them.
This can be done by using aweather-stripping tape or by installing a brush on the frame. These productscan be found online. But, for the love of God, do some research before usingthem. Unless you are a professional, in which case I apologize.
Pocket Door Nightmare
Once more, it’s all about thegaps. Then, why am I calling this a nightmare, you might wonder? Stick with mefor a little while longer and you just might find out. But, don’t let me scareyou like this for nothing. Be everything as it may, a solution DOES exist andyou WILL be able to resolve the screeching issue.
The lack of protruding into thepocket 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 ofthe jamb. These minor issues make resolving the sound problem a bitchallenging, albeit doable.
The trick is to choose the rightmaterial. If you go with the wrong type, chances are, after going through theprocess, you will discover that everything you’ve done was in vain. This is whyyou should think twice before deciding on a purchase. Do some extensiveresearch, talk to people who have experience, even consult an expert if you areunsure you can choose on your own. In any case, it’s better to be on the safeside.
So, after venting a bit about notbeing able to sleep sometimes in my own home, I hope that I have given you someuseful tips. Whatever the case may be, though, there is only one importantthing to remember. Soundproofing! Soundproofing all the way! You will thank methe next time you are SOUND asleep and nothing is there to screech and wake youup. Except maybe your kids… But that’s a different story.