3 Focus Areas to Reduce Indoor Noise in Multifamily Units
Things are getting louder and people are getting more sensitive to noise. That’s one of the reasons renter look for rental units with noise isolation. Considering the demand for noise isolating apartments, multifamily property owners or investors need to think on the line of noise isolation. For which it is important to hire a professional multifamily remodeling contractor who can help you reduce sound vibrations, plug sound leaks, and absorb sounds, thereby preventing it from entering the building.
If you are planning to remodel your rental property, the post outlines three key areas that you need to focus to isolate noise from your property.
Sound leaking through the walls can be easily detected by standing next the wall. If you can hear the sound passing through the walls, the best way to make walls soundproof is to use heavy dense materials, such as drywall, medium density fiberboard (MDF), or a layer of mass-loaded vinyl (MLV). Soundproofing materials trap noise in its tracks, thereby preventing noise transmission. Also, instead of soundproofing the whole apartment, you can use drywall to isolate noisy rooms, such as kid’s rooms and the reading rooms.
Apartment windows are usually not soundproof, replace them with soundproof windows that can reduce sound transmission up to 90%. When shopping for soundproof windows it is important to consider the type of sound frequency you would like to prevent from entering the apartment. The higher the number of frequency of the window the more sound it inhibits. A single- and double-pane windows have STC (sound transmission class) 27 and 28 respectively, whereas the STC rating for soundproof window is 45 and can go up to 50% which blocks up to 95 percent of noise.
3. Floor and Ceiling
Ceiling noise isolation often requires the treatment of both floor and ceiling to reduce airborne and impact noises (produced due to falling of an object on the floor). Though using rugs, carpets and upholstered furnishing can help reduce the noise to some extent, you would need to install soundproofing materials that absorb or interrupt all sorts of noises entering through floor or ceiling joists. Floor soundproofing materials, such as MDF plywood, MLV, and acoustic carpet underlayment and ceiling soundproofing materials such as fiberglass insulation, acoustic tiles, MLV, and acoustic layers of drywall are highly effective for noise isolation.
These are some of the effective ways to control noise inside your multifamily property. To ensure proper installation of soundproofing materials, you need assistance of multifamily construction contractor who is specialized in internal and external home remodeling. If you are looking for a reputable multifamily remodeling contractor in Texas, look no further than United Renovations. We are a leading multifamily construction contractor with years of experience in interior and exterior home remodeling and renovations. If you wish to learn more about our services, fill out our contact form or simply call (972) 432-6922.