No matter the kind of house you live in, noise can be very burdensome. Though most houses usually have better sound insulation while others could be very uncomfortable, especially when you live in a second-story apartment.
Soundproofing your second storey walls and floors is the best option to avoid having issues with your neighbours.
Despite not having any neighbour living above you, the second story apartments still fall prey to impact and airborne noise. The airborne noise which could be transmitted in form of people’s voices would pass through your walls and the vibrations made from impact noise situations in the rooms below can be heard through your floors.
So if you have quarrelsome neighbours or just want to avoid the sound of constantly falling equipment or heavy footsteps then you just might want to consider soundproofing your second storey walls and floor.
Soundproofing your own home may require different options for those who live in apartment complexes, because of the rules guiding them.
So we have compiled a variety of ways that suit both situations.
Tips For Soundproofing A Second Storey Wall And Floor
Using Carpets Or Rugs
Carpets are very appealing to the eyes. Though they are slightly expensive when compared to some rugs, they are very good options for soundproofing the floor. They deaden the airborne sounds that would have emanated from the rooms below.
A thick and well-woven rug has the same effect when placed properly. But these options can easily become ineffective when tiny holes or gaps begin to appear in them. They may also not be so good for people who have little kids who love pulling things on the floor.
If you have plans to use this option, probably go for the tightly woven carpets and rugs.
Mats And Pads
These are simple support systems for carpets and rugs. Pads are thicker rugs or carpets which are placed below the thinner carpets and rugs of our choice. In using this option, we must be careful to use non-slip ones to avoid tripping over the surface carpets.
The mats, on the other hand, should advisably be rubber mats.
These mats are flexible and dense enough to prevent sounds from being heard from the rooms below you and it prevents both impact and airborne noise from being heard from your room. It is used just like the pads but this is usually always non-slip.
While pads might become uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time due to their thickness, the rubber mats are very comfortable to use.
Hang Up Curtains
Curtains are usually seen as decorative options but they can act as very good sound deadening agents. Heavy curtains could be used as soundproof but it’s not as effective as the sound deadening curtains.
Although this isn’t always effective as they could easily be taken down.
Generally, there is no effective solution that is temporal. The most effective solutions are permanent.
Permanent solutions include;
Use Green Glue Compound Or Sound Isolation Chips
The Green Glue is a sound deadening agent. Green glue is visco-elastic in nature. It has the capacity to eliminate 90% of sounds. Identify gaps or cracks in the wall which could be possible sound conductors. Use the Green Glue compound to seal up the cracks.
The sound isolation chips work just like the Green Glue compound. They are used to hinder transmitted sounds from passing through the walls. They are most effective when used with drywall.
Audioseal Sound Barriers
These mass loaded sound barriers are usually very dense. They are rolled onto the wall and can help to seal out airborne noise. Stick it onto the floor or wall with the Green Glue for maximum impact. They can be gotten at the hardware store. It can also be used for the floor and the ceiling.
Apply Acoustic Foams
This is perfect for those DIY persons. This option might not appeal to your aesthetic taste but it definitely gets the job done. It can be used on both walls and ceilings.
Simply mount it onto the wall using the Green Glue compound. Make sure to clean the surface it would be placed on before it is glued. For aesthetic appeal, you could get creative on the foam.
Use Acoustic Mineral Wool To Absorb Sounds
Acoustic mineral wool has lots of small cavities and is made from spun rock. Whenever sounds come in contact with the wool, the cavities absorbs and converts it to heat. Depending on the depth of the floor, a minimum of 100mm is needed for effective absorption.
The wool should be as dense as 60kg square meters should be used for optimum performance.
The best part is that you don’t even need to fill up all the cavities on your floor. Just choose the key areas, like the four sides below the floorboard and some parts of the centre. This is not a DIY option as you need professional help for the best installation.
Try The Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)
Luxury Vinyl Tiles are good soundproofing agents. They are very appealing to the eyes. They are installed with a sound-insulating underlay like Green Glue to improve their soundproof quality.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles are soft enough for any part of the house. It has a waterproof quality and it isn’t slippery. This makes it a perfect option for the bathroom floor.
There are many other ways to soundproof a second-story wall and floor. While most of the options above might seem expensive, the carpets, rugs, curtains, pads and mats would be the most cost-effective options. But the most effective solutions are usually the most permanent and expensive.
So if you want to drown out the sounds from your neighbours and their work tools for a good night sleep, get permanent sound insulation done in your apartment.
For those living in apartment complexes, you might want to seek out your landlords for permission before installation. If they refuse, the other options are still effective.
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