Imagine living in a multistorey building, where you can hear the footsteps of a neighbor or a fellow flat occupant whenever they crossed your flat or walked in their flat located right above yours. Would you be okay with the noise? If your answer is a ‘no’ and you are a multifamily property owner or manager yourself, your endeavour should be to provide your tenants better living condition by soundproofing the floors of your multifamily property. This way you would not only be able to provide a better accommodation to your tenants, but it will also increase the rentability of your property.
Let’s dig deeper to find out how floor soundproofing works.
Types of Noise Soundproofing Can Help Fix
Soundproofing helps treat two types of noise.
- Impact Noise – Noise caused by vibrations that result from people walking on the floor.
- Airborne Noise – Sound that travels through the air. For example – people talking, loud music.
Soundproofing a Floor
To soundproof a floor, it’s important to choose the right floor underlayment. An underlayment is a soft layer of material such as cork, foam, or a hard layer of plywood or cement board, placed above the subfloor. The underlayment is chosen basis the flooring type. Some of the most common flooring types are –
Carpeting helps in soundproofing impact noise to a great extent, however, it is not very effective in limiting airborne noise. To minimize airborne noise in rooms such as home theatres, music practice rooms, recording studios it is advisable to use a thick barrier fiber composite. These materials not only help in soundproofing but they help prolong the life of the carpet, too.
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Hardwood floorboard are usually glued, nailed or both. Gluing is preferred over nailing as nails transmit noise to the subfloor. No matter the type of application, choosing a combination of acoustic underlayment materials such as chipboard sheets and acoustic mats is one of the best ways to soundproof hard floors.
Ceramic Tile Floor
Installing ceramic tile flooring is not only economical, but it is easy to maintain too. Ceramic tiles, however, are one of the most difficult to soundproof. It is, therefore, important to choose an underlayment material that allows the floor to be evenly laid, and helps avoid any cracking.
Laminate or Engineered Floor
Laminate flooring offers a slew of benefits, however, unfilled gaps, creaky boards and laminate inconsistency may lead to a lot of noise transmission. Echoing and impact noise transmission are the two major issues with laminate or engineered flooring. Installing an underlayment pad helps increase sound absorption.
Need Help With Soundproofing?
As the owner of a multifamily property, providing the best possible living conditions to your tenants must be your one of your concerns. If your tenants have been complaining of apartment noise, and the flooring of your multifamily property is one of the major reasons behind it, we, at United Renovations, can help. To get in touch with us, simply call (972) 432-6922 or fill out our contact form and we will take it from there.