After air pollution, noise pollution is the largest environmental issue that most of Europe is dealing with. We all know how unwanted noise can be annoying. Those high-powered motorcycles passing through your residence tend to be very distracting and almost give you no chance to relax. According to statistics, over 60,000 people in Europe die prematurely due to noise pollution. Unwanted noise lowers the quality of life with issues like high blood pressure, heart problems and increased risk of diabetes and stroke. So, how do you deal with traffic noise? Well, the best thing you can do for yourself is to soundproof your home. An important point to note, however, is that sound insulation is only as good as its weakest point. You can install thicker walls and stuff them with substantial insulation or invest in sound insulation windows. However, you will not get the results you want by just installing one, you need both. To shed more light regarding this, here is how sound insulation works: Soundproofing works in three different ways, or a combination of them. The first way is to add mass to a structure in order to reflect most of the sound. Basically, you’re creating a dense surface that does not vibrate or does so in a meagre manner compared to other materials. This is best known as dampening. The second is soundproofing through absorption. Here, the sound is absorbed by a material, halting it from getting to the other side. A good example is wall insulation in music studios or radio stations. The third is creating a barrier between structures. This essentially prevents sound from passing between them. This is usually referred to as decoupling.