Help us reduce our new home's train noise problem.
May 29, 2011 8:26 PM Subscribe
Help me (please) soundproof our new home against the trains that run right behind our house. Materials, strategies, tips: all are appreciated.
posted by theNonsuch to Home & Garden (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We just moved into our first home (hooray!) and it's wonderful except for the fact that there's a Via Rail train line that runs right behind the house. Oops.
Oh, and for context, we live in Toronto, just south of the eastern rail line that goes up to Stoufville.
Trains tend to go past around once every 30-45 minutes in each direction, and (thank god) it's just the train — we don't get engine horns. I'm looking to soundproof two things:
Easier: the house. Inside the house, the train sounds aren't too bad at all, but at night it can interrupt sleep. I'm guessing installing soundproof doors might help, but any suggestions on brands? Or other approaches that might be more effective for less cost?
Harder: the backyard. My assumption is we're mostly SOL here unless we can convince the city to build a sound barrier. But I'm all ears (AHEM) for any suggestions on how we can reduce the sound levels in our backyard.