Soundproofing the Nursery

One Thing Many New Parents Forget – Soundproofing the Nursery

All expectant parents have concerns about the health and happiness of their baby. In the run up to the birth, parents focus on buying everything from cots through to nappies but one of the last elements to happen is usually the decoration of the nursery. With many being too superstitious to do this very far in advance, time is often short when it comes to decorating, especially with such an important deadline looming, not to mention one which could happen early! One factor that is vitally important for both you and you’re baby and that is often overlooked is soundproofing walls.

Why Does the Nursery Need Soundproofing?
Sleep is an important part of the growth and development of your baby and, as any new parent will tell you, routine is vital – especially when it comes to sleeping. For unsettled babies, it can often take parents hours to get them to sleep. After rocking and singing and tiptoeing out of the room, the last thing you want is for a loud noise outside or next door to wake them up – starting the entire process all over again.

Soundproofing walls is therefore really important in not only ensuring that your baby has a good sleep but that you do too. After all you’re going to need all your energy to keep up with the constant demands of the new addition to your household.

What is Soundproof Wallpaper
DIY soundproofing is now a far cry for the egg-boxed walls of the 70s. Many companies now produce specially designed sound proof wallpapers which are easy to apply and perfectly suitable for use in a Nursery.

Soundproof wallpaper is made up of a series of layers. The first is usually a layer of lining paper and is the section you apply paste to. This is followed by a layer of foam which varies in thickness depending on the brand of soundproof wallpaper you use – Saarpor Latex Sound Proof Wallpaper for example is 5mm thick. The wallpaper is then finished with a thick lining paper which can then be either painted or wallpapered over.

It is the foam layer that helps with soundproofing. It effectively blocks external noise from penetrating the room whether its background traffic noise, a television set in the other room or just noise from neighbours.

Which Walls Should It Be Applied To?
Ideally you should apply sound proof wallpaper like Saarpor Sound Proof Insulating Liner to all the walls in the Nursery ensuring that both external noise and the noise from inside your home are blocked out. This will ensure that your baby isn’t disturbed by unavoidable things like flushing the toilet or opening the front room.

So when you are considering decorating the Nursery ready for your baby’s arrival, make sure that you not only consider the colour and the layout of the room but also the fundamentals like sound proofing for an all-round more enjoyable childhood.

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Keep damp walls under wraps using Damp Proof Wallpaper

Damp walls can have a serious effect on the livability of a home, and it’s a problem many houses in Britain suffer from. If your house was built before damp proofing was included as part of the construction, it will be especially at risk. But don’t worry, there are more ways than ever for dealing with damp. Below we look at how damp proof walls can be created using damp proof wallpaper.

The root causes of damp

Damp can be caused by a number of things. Moisture in the ground around the house can seep into the walls if it has nowhere else to go. Something like a blocked gutter can also cause water to stream down a wall when it rains. Moisture from within the house can also cause damp if it becomes trapped. One example of this is in bathrooms, if there is a lack of ventilation steam from a shower or bath will condense on the walls.

Solutions for dealing with it

Just as there can be different causes of damp, there are different ways of dealing with it which will depend entirely on the source of the damp. If the damp’s being caused by something like a blocked gutter than clearing the obstruction will probably sort it out. If it’s rising damp you’ll probably need to get a DPC (Damp Proofing Course) put into the affected walls. And if the source is internal, condensation not being able to escape, it may be best to deal with it by ventilated the room and using either damp proof lining paper or damp proof wallpaper.

Damp Proof Lining Paper

On the wall Damp Proof Lining Paper looks no different to regular lining paper – it’s outer layer is made from just that, and will smooth over any bumps and cracks on the wall. But it also contains a layer of foil which creates a damp resistant barrier that prevents moisture reaching the surface of the wall and developing into damp spots.

Damp Proof Wallpaper

This has a damp proof foil layer just like Damp Proof Lining paper, but its outer layer is wallpaper and is designed to provide the visible outer finish of your walls. There are a few different brands on the market, we recommend Andertons Damp Proof  Foil Paper.

You shouldn’t need to use both of these products as only one if needed to create a barrier against damp. Whichever you use, pair it with a regular liner or wallpaper

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