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Soundproofing a Condo

Noisy Neighbors No More: Soundproofing Your Condo or Multi-Family Dwelling

Whether rented or owned, condos and multi-family units have become increasingly popular for their budget-friendly living costs and other additional benefits, such as outsourced landscaping services or round-the-clock security. However, the benefits of living in these types of dwellings can be quickly forgotten when you have got obnoxiously loud neighbors not to mention those paper-thin walls, floors and ceilings. In fact, a recent study concluded that the number one complaint that condo and multi-family unit renters and owners have is that they live next to a noisy neighbor.

Want to turn your condo or multi-family unit into a sanctuary of peace and quiet? Let Trademark Soundproofing help you reclaim your peace and quiet today through our innovative soundproofing solutions.

For builders who are in the building process there is that much more that you can do for sound proofing the apartments. If the studs are still exposed make sure that the bays are filled with insulation (R-19 for 2x6 walls and ceilings, R-11 for 2x4 walls). Now is the perfect time to install our Whisper Clips, a high-performance sound isolation clip that will create a floating wall and ceiling system that separates the drywall from studs or joists. This will prevent sound vibrations from traveling through your studs, giving you immediate and remarkable results. You can then proceed to install 2 layers drywall with Green Glue, a revolutionary soundproofing product that's easy- to-use and cost-effective. This process alone will catapult your ordinary wall from an STC of 34 to an STC of over 60!

However if you are in an existing home with finished walls your best choice by far is installing another layer of drywall with Green Glue. Green Glue is a high-performance viscoelastic material that is remarkably tolerant to real-world conditions making Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound one of the best noise reduction products on the market today, as there is no other alternative that can reduce flanking noise from walls, ceilings and floors as quickly and effectively. Pick up a few tubes today and see how quickly you'll forget that you even have noisy neighbors!

Many times Condo owners are not allowed to do construction in their units. If you can convince your upstairs neighbor to put down carpet or if you are putting down carpet consider using a premium sound control underlayment as your carpet pad. If you can do construction and the the noise from your upstairs neighbors makes it seem as though they are living right in your own condo or unit, you will need to soundproof your ceiling in order to silence their pounding footsteps. You would have to remove your drywall from the ceiling and install Resilient Sound Clips which are even more effective when installed in your ceiling then they are in your walls as they decouple your ceiling from the floor joists (Read more on Decoupling here). This process coupled with a double layer of drywall and Green Glue will restore your peace and privacy. Read our Soundproofing Basics article for a more detailed explanation.

If you live in a noisy condo or multi-family unit, you don't have to suffer through another agonizing day or night. Order our innovative soundproofing products today, or let our friendly experts at Trademark Soundproofing help you in deciding what best fits your needs and never have another noise complaint again!

Customers Questions and Answers

1) Migdalia : How do I stop snoring sound from going to the other side. We have 3 layers of soundboard and 2 layers of drywall but the snoring sound is still loud on the other side. Please help

Trademark Soundproofing Reply: Hi Migdalia, If the sound got better with each layer you added than you may want to take it apart and start by installing clips channels and adding Green Glue between each layer. If the sound did not get better when you added all your layers than it is flanking, most probably through your ceiling.