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How to Soundproof a Floor in a Flat

Living in a flat often involves having to deal with a lot of noise coming from neighbours. People can be insensitive, and there are just so many times you can tell a neighbour to turn down the music.

Also, you could be the noisy neighbour, and if you can’t keep the noise down, your best and most effective option is to learn how to soundproof a floor.

However, with a flat, before you start the process of soundproofing, you have to make sure that you are not about to infringe on anything that can hurt your lease. Most buildings for rent naturally have many rules about redoing or remodelling your floors, even if it’s for something as crucial as soundproofing your floor to enjoy some quiet. So, you need to check with the building’s caretaker before you commence.

Also, before soundproofing, you need to consider things such as:

  • What kind of floor you want to soundproof: This is because there are two types of floors; timber floors and concrete floors. Concrete floors are good at dampening airborne noise but not as much with impact noise. While timber floors are not great at dampening either.
  • Where the sound is coming from: If the noise is coming from above, then the logical thing would be to soundproof your ceiling, but if you are trying to stop noise from travelling down to your neighbour’s flat, then you’d be soundproofing your floor.

Knowing where the noise is coming will help you understand where and what to soundproof so that you don’t waste your time soundproofing your floor when you should be soundproofing your ceiling. With that in mind, let’s look some simple ways to soundproof a floor in a flat.

Ways To Soundproof a Floor

Interlocking Floor Mats

These are great because you wouldn’t be redoing or remodelling the floors in any way, you’d merely be placing the mats on the floor.

Interlocking floor mats look like colourful puzzles, with you joining one, to the other and the other until you are done. To place them on the floor, you’d need to start at the edge of the floor and work your way to the rest of the floor. This option is great because it’s affordable and you can do it yourself with minimal effort.

However, although interlocking floor mats are great, they are not perfect for dampening sounds which is why, for them to work effectively, you may need to combine them with other soundproof materials like acoustic floor underlayment.

Although, if your noise problem is not that bad, interlocking mats should work just fine.

Cork Tiles

These are another great option because they can be laid down on your existing floor. They are also great if you are not interested in using a rug or carpet.

The way they work is they are snapped together and then placed on the floor. Their density[1] then absorbs the noise and reduces its transmission. You can place a soundproofing mat under the cork tile to make the soundproofing more effective.

Carpets and Rugs

That is an excellent option if your floors are made of materials such as tiles or wood. Carpets and rugs are naturally thick, so they are great at absorbing noise. They will also give you soft floors and improve your home décor.

To effectively deal with the noise, you could add other noise-absorbing materials under it. Materials such as acoustic underlayment or any noise-absorbing material made from foam or rubber. These materials will add more density and effectively absorb the noise.

 

Soundproof or Carpet Padding

These are great. However, their effectiveness is heightened when they are placed under carpets or rugs. Using them all on their own may not give you the desired effect.

Placing carpet padding on your floor is the same as putting regular carpets. There are many types of padding to choose from, but you should only go for the ones made out of foam or a combination of rubber and foam. It is also simple to install, and if you are up to it, you can do it yourself or with the help of a couple of friends.

Here’s another option to consider:

Get a Professional

If you are not on a tight budget getting a professional to soundproof your floor is not a bad idea at all. A professional will take into consideration things that you may miss, and they’d be able to choose the best material for soundproofing your floor. That is also a great option if you are a busy person with little time.

Also, remember that when soundproofing your floor, you are not limited to using one soundproofing material. You can mix as many as you want to get your desired effect.

Glossary

[1] Density – Link