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April 8, 2015

3 Things You Can do to Soundproof Your Apartment (when Your Landlord Won’t Let You Do a Real Soundproofing Job)

Filed under: Soundproofing Elements — Deborah Dera @ 7:30 am

sound4If you are living in an apartment, you can get a little annoyed at noise from the world – and other tenants – outside. If your landlord won’t allow you to do a real soundproofing job on your living space, you will have to come up with some ways to shut out the noise without making permanent changes to the structure. Check out these easy tips to help you reduce noise in your apartment while keeping your landlord happy.

Doors and Windows

Your doors and windows are the usual suspects when it comes to noise intrusion. Check the seals around the windows and doors and replace the caulk, weather stripping, and thresh holds if they are worn or simply not there. Add thick draperies over your windows to reduce some of the noise that manages to come in from the outside. (more…)

December 10, 2014

How to Soundproof a Floor

Filed under: Soundproofing Elements — Deborah Dera @ 7:31 am

noiseSoundproofing the floors in an older home is possible, but this type of project is actually much easier to do on a new construction home before it is completed. Adding soundproofing materials to a home that is in the process of being built is much easier than tearing up floors in an older home and starting over.

It is a challenge that is a bit unusual to soundproof a floor. The first thing that is required of most projects that are meant to block sound is to tackle the sounds that are traveling in the air through the ceiling. Next, you need to deal with a problem that is unique and specific to flooring: Impact noise. This is created by furniture moving around, footsteps, and other noise from objects hitting the floor. The reason this type of noise is unique is because it not only do impacts create noise, they also cause vibrations. (more…)

October 1, 2014

Do I Need a Floating Wall?

Filed under: Soundproofing Elements — Deborah Dera @ 9:11 am

There are many questions that condo owners have concerning soundproofing. Essentially how to soundproof a condo is the same as how to soundproof any standard home that is already finished. Yes, there are different approaches to soundproofing a home that is being built and one that is already completed. Because condominiums are already built, and in very close quarters to one another soundproofing can be a challenge but one that is worth the effort. (more…)

September 10, 2014

How Decoupling Works – Part 1

Filed under: Soundproofing Elements — Deborah Dera @ 7:53 am

What are the correct methods of decoupling and hands on installing? Let’s check out first how decoupling works.

Sounds will travel through an uninterrupted path. Have you ever tapped a metal rod and felt the vibrations at the other end? Most structures are attached at some point, creating a soundproofing dilemma. (more…)

June 3, 2009

The Four Main Elements of Soundproofing

Filed under: Soundproofing Elements — Tags: , — admin @ 9:11 am

As you begin to think about soundproofing your home you’re going to find that you have dozens of options to choose from. While each of these tools or options has its own set of distinct qualities we’ve found that for best results it is beneficial to combine more than one material.

Most soundproofing materials fall into one of four categories. They are:

  • Sound absorption materials
  • Materials that add mass
  • Damping materials
  • Decoupling materials

We’ll go into detail about what makes each of these different types of materials unique over the coming weeks but keep this in mind. If you’re going to combine soundproofing materials you should choose one from each category – not several from the same category. Doing so will give you the maximum effect!

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