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January 12, 2016

When Vintage Means Taking on Modern Problems

Filed under: Soundproofing — Deborah Dera @ 7:19 am

46010738_sVintage homes and apartments may be charming, but they often come with multiple problems. One of the main issues is the lack of soundproofing in these older homes and apartments. Building standards have evolved over the years, but vintage housing does not always keep up with the changes.

If you are renting or own a vintage house or apartment, you have probably noticed the drafts. Older windows and doors tend to have problems with caulking, sealing and drafts. These issues contribute to the amount of noise you hear inside the house or apartment. It is impossible to have a soundproof room with drafty windows or doors. In addition, these problems can quickly add to a high utility bill.

You may also notice that you can hear every sound from your neighbors. This may indicate that the walls between you are hollow. Although modern construction does not use this method, older homes and apartments may have hollow walls. This allows for sound to travel between neighbors, but it can be fixed.

If you live in a home or apartment with multiple floors, you may experience the annoying sound that comes from hearing people walk above you. This can indicate that the insulation in your ceiling is inadequate, and it is a common issue in older housing. It is also something that can be fixed and requires trained professionals who know how to handle ceilings.

Despite the multiple problems that come with owning or renting vintage housing, you may be some of the lucky residents that have plaster walls. Plaster walls offer better insulation and soundproofing than the typical walls found in modern homes. The usual drywall found in more recent construction projects does not have as much soundproofing.

Soundproofing your vintage house or apartment is possible, so it is important to identify the problems and their sources. Although older housing can be a good investment, you may want to consider the cost of soundproofing before you make an investment or move. You do not want to regret living in an older house because of loud neighbors, noisy cars outside or barking dogs.

 

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