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Are you a condo resident? You certainly know that noises coming from other floors can quickly become bothersome and irritating. To solve this problem, soundproofing both your floors and your ceilings is the best option. Of course, walls can also help in the transmission of noise, but the floor/ceiling assembly seems to be a better alternative to maximize acoustic performance. It remains to be seen what is the right method to adopt to ensure that your condo is soundproofed. This article provides an overview of the various techniques adapted to this purpose. Follow us for all the necessary details.

The different types of sounds that affect the inhabitants of a condo

The types of noise that are most often the source of decibel problems can be divided into two categories. First, airborne or ambient sounds that come from voices, the ringing of a telephone or other noises that travel through floors or ceilings in the air. The second is impact noise that results from direct contact with a surface such as dropped objects, a child running, and others.

A ceiling refurbishment to increase condo soundproofing

In general, the objective is to divide the materials joined together to improve the acoustic insulation of your house. Between the floor covering, the joists, the wood furrings and the ceiling covering, everything goes together.

For this first option, start by removing the ceiling covering and the wood furrings fixed to the joists. Continue by inserting insulation between the floor joists to limit the passage of noise from one floor to the next. Next, attach flexible metal strips at 24″ centres under the floor structure itself. Then install a double thickness of 12 mm Type X gypsum board. Note that this is to be screwed to the profiles with joints overlapping 200 mm or more from one layer to the other. Finish by applying fastener over the entire wall/ceiling junction between the two layers of gypsum board.

Proceed with soundproofing the ceiling without harming the construction

The second approach to optimizing condo soundproofing is to soundproof the ceiling without having to demolish it. It is more specifically a question of reinforcing the soundproofing by building an additional ceiling under the existing one. To do this, you must install standard 64 mm metal studs screwed on 61 cm centres to the wooden furring of the existing ceiling. An insertion of 64 cm pink fiberglass wool cushions between the realized studs will then be required. Finally, a layer of 12 mm gypsum boards must be attached to the studs. Thus, you will guarantee the success of the condo soundproofing.

Floor covering changes: an equally efficient method of soundproofing

In addition to the two types of methods listed, changing floor coverings is also a safe way to insulate noise coming from or outside your home. That’s right! Improving a condo’s soundproofing also involves flooring. As in the previous options, the idea is to detach the floor from the building by installing an acoustic membrane to the structure. This means that the installation of the underlayment must be done without nailing or screwing to the foundation. This will reduce both airborne and impact noise. To do this, make sure you are well informed about the characteristics of the product you want, the thickness and density of the membrane. These are aspects that should not be taken lightly in order to successfully accomplish your projects. As for the floor covering, understand that the lower its hardness, the lower its capacity to limit the conduction of impact noise.

All in all, here are a few effective and easy methods that can be adopted to deal with the noise coming from other floors of the same building. To the extent that you have difficulty tolerating the decibel level from one floor to the next, these corrective measures will be of great help in giving you the peace of mind you need.