5 ways to improve sound control between floors in multi-family housing

When addressing sound abatement for multi-family housing, products that enable buffering noise will make the building owners, building management, and tenants all a lot happier. Here are five ways to improve noise control between floors:

  1. Wrap pipes and ducts in acoustic barrier insulation
  2. Add acoustic seal to hallway doors
  3. Stagger placement of electric outlets on walls in adjacent apartments
  4. Avoid high hats and other in-ceiling lights in rooms where there is a neighbor overhead.   

Install floating floors, which isolate noise by absorbing and blocking sound. Underlayment with sound capabilities will help quiet impact noise and footfall as well as dampen ambient sound in the room in which it is installed. It will also inhibit voices, TV, music, and other airborne sound from traveling to the floor below. For example, QuietWalk® fiber underlayment is designed especially for floating wood and laminate floors. The VOC-free acoustic underlayment, which is manufactured from at least 94% recycled textile and carpet fibers, features randomly air-laid filaments that create a capillary effect to cushion the floor, absorb sound, and help make laminate floors sound more like solid wood. With a 1.5 mil vapor barrier, QuietWalk also provides excellent moisture management.  www.quietwalk.com 888-379-9695