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letsgobobby

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bedrooms face loud road - help appreciated
« on: December 13, 2011, 02:51:54 PM »
Hello,

We have a large newish (2007) home that abuts a 50 mph county road. We have 2 problems but the first is more serious, for now. The less serious problem, road noise in the backyard, does not require an urgent solution.

The more serious problem is that 3 of the bedrooms in the house face the road, and loud noises from speeding cars or tracks wake us all up about 5 am. I would guess the rooms are about 100-200 feet from the road. The traffic is irregular, so it will be very quiet for a while, and then you will hear an approaching vehicle get louder and louder and then pass and fade. The cars are semi-tolerable but pickups, motorcycles, and large trucks are very problematic. Occasionally there even feels like a bit of vibration for the lower frequencies. It is more than just the 'whoosh' but also the 'rumble'.


letsgobobby

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Re: bedrooms face loud road - help appreciated
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011, 02:54:08 PM »
Two of the rooms are small, and have large windows facing the road. In those cases I am guessing the place to start is with window treatments. However, we are reluctant to do anything unsightly and or permanent, especially if not assured of a good result. The question is, would you agree this is the place to start, and if so, what would be the recommended treatment(s) and what kind of improvement would be expected?

The third room is more of a problem. The master bedroom does not actually have a window facing the road; the large windows face at a 135 degree angle away from the road. But there is a large attached master bath which does have a sizeable window facing the road. I have tried standing in our walk-in closet and it is definitely quieter than the room itself, though there is still some noise coming in (through the walls, perhaps?).

Appreciate thoughts, advice.

letsgobobby

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Re: bedrooms face loud road - help appreciated
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2011, 02:21:59 PM »
Serious noise through walls is now confirmed. I slept in walkin closet last night and noise still woke me at 5 am. We are pretty desperate & would appreciate any suggestions. Acoustical engineer time?

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Re: bedrooms face loud road - help appreciated
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2011, 03:57:46 PM »
Not yet on the engineer...ok a few things.....soundproofing is only as good as it weakest area, so addressing the windows will be the first approach.....when we deal with these type of issues we need far more information than what is usually posted.. so due to the fact our system is a 1,000 character limits and this type of problem could become a novel on here, I ask that you contact me directly when you a few minutes to discuss.

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johnbergstromslc

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Re: bedrooms face loud road - help appreciated
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2011, 11:35:36 PM »
Before you spend any money on modifications, try a white-noise machine.  Raise the ambient noise level in the room in which you're trying to sleep and the transient noise from passing cars will be evened out.  You may not even notice it.

Don't get a digital or electronic one, though.  Here is the one I use, every single night:

http://www.amazon.com/Marpac-SleepMate-980A-Electro-Mechanical-Conditioner/dp/B000KUHFGM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323905735&sr=8-1

letsgobobby

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Re: bedrooms face loud road - help appreciated
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2011, 05:08:04 AM »
a correction about the above: the rooms are as little as 30 feet and no more than 50 feet from the road. Much closer than I thought. I will look for various white noise machines as well as some of the suggestions kindly provided by Randy.

letsgobobby

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Re: bedrooms face loud road - help appreciated
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 06:26:08 AM »
no, that's not right either. Sorry. 60 feet to the road for nearest room, about 100 feet away for the master bedroom.

 

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