6 Steps to SoundProof Your Multifamily Property
According to a study conducted by the U.S. Green Building Council, noise in multifamily properties is the biggest cause of concern for renters. Convenience factors apart, exposure to high-frequency sound can result in stress-related health issues such as hypertension, hearing impairment, and sleeping disorders, and can attract litigation against building owners. Despite the menace posed by sound, renovating your property to reduce noise levels often takes a back seat as most multifamily unit owners stress on planning changes to enhance the property’s aesthetic appeal. If you’re a building owner, take soundproofing into consideration when remodeling your property to control the noise levels in your multifamily units. To help you out, we have prepared a list of measures your remodeling contractor in TX can take. Read on to learn
1. Improve your Walls’ STC Ratings
STC or Sound Transmission Class is a material’s ability (denoted as an integer) to block sound between two spaces. According to International Building Code, new constructions must have at least STC 50 for walls. You can enhance your walls STC by following any of the methods below:
- Add mass (a layer of drywall) to the sound barrier, which can enhance STC rating by as much as 5dB or more.
- Provide air space of 1-½ “ or more between the layers to improve the wall’s STC by 3dB or more.
- Use fiberglass or any other sound absorbing material to insulate the wall cavity and enhance its STC by 4-6 dB.
2. Use Sound Mats
Replace traditional mats with contemporary mesh models that include a layer of acoustic fabric, to create an absorptive covering for sound reduction. Go for mats that conform to industry standards and have passed rigorous performance tests. You can also install a thick pad beneath the carpet or rug (if you have hardwood flooring) or rubber pads beneath a treadmill or other equipment to reduce sound from people walking or exercising.
3. Install Resilient Channels
Resilient channels are thin metal channels that isolate the drywall from the framing studwork. The arrangement blocks sound waves that hit the wall, reducing their intensity. Remodeling contractors in TX recommend resilient channels, especially for buildings with wood frame construction. Most channels are ½” thick and made from 25-gauge steel sheet.
4. Weatherstrip the Doors’ Interiors
High STC doors can still leave empty spaces around the corners allowing sound to escape. To fix such issues, weatherstrip all doors using weatherstripping gaskets and threshold to seal the corners. Be on the lookout for old/torn weatherstripping bulbs and replace them immediately. Replacing hollow core doors with solid ones can also help block unwanted noise.
5. Add a Layer to Your Gypsum Wallboard
Installing a gypsum board is one of the common construction strategies to reduce noise transmission in a building. That said, a single layer of gypsum wallboard will help you achieve limited success in blocking sound distractions. It is therefore, advisable to include an additional layer as the degree of sound insulation is directly related to the density of the material. Additionally, install fasteners between the board and the wood framing to keep a tab on noise transmission levels.
6. Fix Noisy Plumbing
Squeaky pipes produce noise distractions and demand your attention when renovating to reduce noise in your multi-family property. Different issues can give rise to this problem. Some of the most common among these factors are:
- Pipes vibrating against framing members when water is traveling through them. In such instances, locate the problematic point of trouble and install foam pipe insulation sleeves.
- Replace faucet washers, if the faucets chatter every time you turn them on.
- Use mortar or any other appropriate acoustic sealant to seal pipes passing through walls.
- Make provisions for chambers at outlets to ensure uninterrupted water flow.
Summing it up
In addition to following these methods, you can also remove the flooring and provide a layer of underlayment to enhance its acoustical performance. Additionally, installing hat channels will absorb noise distractions passing through the ceiling. If you’re looking for a reputable remodeling contractor in TX that can execute these and other steps to help you reduce noise levels in your building, United Renovations is eager to help. Call us at (972) 432-6922 or leave a message on our message board, and one of our team members will get back in touch to discuss your requirement.