Sliding doors are a great way to add light and extra space into your home. But what happens when you have noisy neighbors that make it impossible for you to sleep? Whether they’re constantly playing music, talking loudly on the phone, or watching TV until 3am in the morning, sliding doors can be a major source of noise pollution. Luckily there are many different ways to soundproof sliding doors so that you can enjoy peace and quiet once again!
In this blog post we’ll discuss easy steps that will help reduce noise pollution from your sliding door.
First, here’s some general steps that can be followed on every type of sliding doors:
- Soundproof the door by adding a layer of felt on either side. This will help cut down on sound and reduce vibration that travels through the sliding glass panels, but be sure not to overlap any seams or glue them together as this can cause other problems like moisture buildup.
- Consider using double paned windows instead of single pane which is less likely to vibrate when closed against each other.
- Install thicker insulation around your door frame so that doors are more difficult for people outside to hear inside noise coming from within the house. -Hang heavy curtains over your slider so you can isolate yourself in a noisy environment without doing damage to walls, furniture, etc…
- Make sure there are no cracks or something in the doors that might cause sound to escape.
- If the doors are closing too quickly, then try putting a rubber mat or rug under them so they can land more softly and reduce noise.
- You could also replace your sliding doors with french doors if you want an option that is less likely to create as much vibration when closed together.
- Hang heavy curtains over your slider so you can isolate yourself in a noisy environment without doing damage to walls, furniture, etc…
Now, soundproofing does not apply to only a single type of door but different types of doors. We’ll see how we can soundproof a Sliding Glass Door, Sliding Closet Door, Sliding Barn Door.
How to Soundproof a Sliding Glass Door?
-Buy a soundproof curtain to hang in front of the door while it is open.
-Use weather stripping or foam tape on any gaps where air can escape and sound will follow.
-If you’re handy with woodworking; build some kind of barrier inside the track: install weather stripping at top and bottom if available. Heavy draperies are also helpful because they will reduce light that enters through the window during daytime hours which reduces glare from sunshine/streetlights in evening hours when you’re trying to sleep.
-You can use insulation, heavy drapery, carpeting, etc… in between the panes of glass to help muffle noise.
How to Soundproof a Sliding Closet Door?
-You could replace your closet door with one that doesn’t slide, but this isn’t always possible! Try adding sealing strips around the track at top and bottom of opening if available. You might also try using some kind of noise barrier across the frame such as heavy drapery, carpeting, etc…
How to Soundproof a Slider Barn Door?
This type of sliding door usually has an aluminum exterior which makes them difficult for traditional methods like insulation or seal.
Try backing the door with a mass loaded vinyl barrier.
Cheap Alternatives and Hacks to Soundproof your sliding doors fast!
- Add some sound absorbing foam between the panes of glass to help muffle noise
- Try placing a rug, carpet or heavy drapery across your opening for added soundproofing.
- If you are handy with tools and have access to wood try adding some weather stripping around the exterior frame near where it meets the wall.
How to Reduce Costs?
If you’re on a tight budget, there are still many simple ways to soundproof your sliding doors.
Instead of installing insulation over the door use some fabric or drapery across the frame for added noise reduction.
We mostly doubt that you’ll get that great quality of a soundproofing, but it’s definitely worth trying.
Soundproofing your sliding doors is a great way to get some much-needed peace and quiet. There are many ways you can go about it, depending on what kind of door you have. Now that you know how to soundproof your sliders, try one of these methods today!