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I live in an apartment/flat and can hear my neighbours walking around upstairs. Is it possible to sound proof or control the noise?

Supplier: Acoustic Answers
29 October, 2009

A sub ceiling to the room below, will go some way to solving the problem but may not be entirely satisfactory depending upon other elements of the building construction.

I live in an apartment/flat and can hear my neighbours walking around upstairs. Is it possible to sound proof or control the noise.

A sub ceiling to the room below, will go some way to solving the problem but may not be entirely satisfactory depending upon other elements of the building construction.

Airborne noise intrusion can be treated via the installation of a sub ceiling or secondary wall mounted adjacent to the existing. It can be drywall construction and should utilise isolation mounts and acoustic insulation. Be aware that if the spaces share a common ceiling cavity that may also be a noise path and may require treatment.

Soundproofing your space may need more than one product to resolve the issue completely, Noise pollution is a big issue in our increasing urban space.

Ideally you will require access to the apartment above where the options are to pull the existing floor up and install an impact isolation solution between the boards and the joists, or to lay an isolated or floating floor over the top.

This is a very tricky and sensitive area and provides a larger problem where the floor construction is boards and joists rather than concrete.

Please consult the relevant building authorities if you intend to lay new flooring in an apartment with downstairs neighbours to make sure that you comply with construction regulations.