Owning a truck has its advantages, and the work that comes from it can be pretty cool, too, but there’s something that every truck owner knows: trucks can be really loud and produce an incredible amount of noise. This noise, although produced in the outside of the truck, can be pretty invasive when we talk about the truck cab, which is the area that people use most of the time whenever they are driving one. This invasive sounds may make you wonder if there’s a way to get rid of that annoying outside sound once and for all. You may have heard of noise-canceling headphones, which are a rather effective way to deal with outside noise, but it can get pretty annoying very fast to use all the time since wearing them can be somewhat uncomfortable for your ears.
You may have heard of soundproofing companies, too, which are an effective way to get rid of sound in a specific area. You know that a professional company will do the job right, but it may be a little pricy for what you’ve expected. But what about doing the job by yourself? For a truck cab noise cancellation work you only need to learn the basics of soundproofing, which materials to use, and how to properly sett them up, and if you have your hands on the right tools, building a soundproof truck cab will be a breeze.
How Noise Affects Our Health
Noise can be a pretty dangerous sort of stress, and stress can affect us in a wide variety of ways, affecting our quality of life and overall physical and mental health. Believe it or not, our ears are more sensitive than we think. Consistent exposure to certain sounds can deeply affect our mental and physical health. Depending on the type of sound and its intensity, it may cause things like sleep disturbance, mood swings, hypertension, heart diseases, tinnitus and hearing impairment. Stress can also affect our immune system, making us more prone to getting sick.
To understand how much sound can affect us, there’s a table of the sound intensity you can find online showcasing different types of sound and categorizing them to levels. Depending on the level of the sound, it may affect or not. Prolonged exposure to sound levels surpassing 85dB, for at least 8 hours a day, can affect our health. Just so you know, 60dB is related to normal conversations, and 80 dB to 90dB are linked to sounds similar to ringing telephones and hair dryers or similar appliances.
Trucks can be way louder than those sounds, am I right? Considering how louder they can be and how much time we are exposed to this sound, it’s no wonder it might start affecting our health. Just by affecting our sleep, it can bring a heavy amount of side-effects that can ruin our physical condition in no time! If you are curious about knowing more, visit Wikipedia.
Besides the health benefits, you’ll also get to enjoy pleasant conversations with companions on the road, listen to music without ruining it and you’ll feel more comfortable in a space that you spend a lot of time in.
Understanding The Sounds
When we talk about trucks and noise, understanding where noise is coming from will give you the advantage when soundproofing it. For example, structure-borne noises are mostly caused because of the interaction between the wheels and the road. This specific noise can be reduced with a good suspension system since it travels through it to the cab. Still, if you want to get rid of the noise, you’ll still need to take care of it.
Airborne noise, on the other hand, is the sound that comes from the outside and is mostly related to traffic. Horns, engines, tires… You name it. You’ll need materials to counter both, rattling noise and to cover the cabin floors. Before you start the whole process, it is recommended to clean the cabin as much as possible, so keep that in mind. Usually, the more expensive it is, the better, but they can get pricy if you are not careful.
Over here you can find a good list of materials you can get for soundproofing. If you invest wisely, you may only spend around $400. It also contains a guide on how to start the whole process after you’ve gotten your hands on the right materials.
By soundproofing the floor, you’ll get rid of most of the sound caused by your own truck, but you’ll want to be precise with the materials you buy. Soundproofing the floor is probably your top priority since it is what has more effect on the whole process. You’ll need to get the seats out of the cabin, the carpet and everything that may be in the way of you and clean access to the floor. After that, just start covering as much space as possible with your soundproofing layer. Some areas of the floor are already sound dampening so don’t worry about those.
After you’ve placed the constrained layer dampening on the floor, you can follow up with mass loaded vinyl. You should try to repeat the whole process with things like the car doors, back walls, and Roof. Since sound also comes from the outside, by taking care of these areas, you’ll get rid of any sound that may invade your truck’s cab. Just make sure you’ve prepared the area beforehand, by cleaning it and removing anything that may complicate your work.
After you’ve finished the whole installation, you’ll notice a huge change in how sound affects your place of work. Music will sound better, conversations will be more enjoyable and you’ll definitely feel better after removing the loud noises coming from inside and outside your truck. It’ll be an investment that’ll also pay off if you suddenly decide to sell the truck, and you’ll get to enjoy a nice ride before you decide to do it.