I would like to know if there is some type of material I can lay
underneath my carpet in my condo to help with soundproofing. Under the
carpet is a thin layer of concrete. My carpet is old and cheap, and
hopefully I can find something to help with the noise below. Thanks
I wouldn't mention my post if I wanted the downstair resident to go
along with this. There was a case on the People's Court like this,
and the downstairs owner would't go along with ceiling covers. The
judge on her own initiative pointed out that he would be the one stuck
with repairing it, especially if the upstairs owner sold and moved.
And stuff like that.
Of course in this case, the upstairs owner had removed all teh carpet
etc. down to the cement floor, which she finished with something and
called "beautful". The downstairs owner had had to lower the rent
hundreds a month that he was charging to get his tenant to stay for a
few more months and even then he moved, and it couldn't be rented for
some time after. I think the Board of the building had ruled against
her, the upstairs owner.
By the time they got to court, both had sold.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
To properly answer your question, it first has to be determined what the
frequency range of the noise you're hoping to ameliorate is. If it's bass
boom from someone's stereo, there is nothing you can do with carpet padding.
Only mass, lots of it, will help.
If it's clattering dishes and other high frequency noise (which I doubt, if
the floor is concrete), carpet padding would be more effective. Speech falls
somewhere in between.
Really, if you are getting noise leakage through a concrete slab, you have
more serious problems with the neighbors below.
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Its both, tv noise, talking, etc. from the unit below. I'm not as
concerned about them hearing me. The concrete floor is not a 'slab'
meaning its a really thin layer of lightweight concrete. Provides
little more insulation, IMO, than a thick layer of drywall. The
acoustic sealings in all the units have been scraped. Im sure that
In almost all high rise condo's in our area it is required
to use soundproofing under tile, and we mostly use
1/4" cork, which is economical and effective.
It comes in large rolls, 48" wide. You glue it down
with cork glue, which is much like tacky carpet glue.
It costs about $1 a sq.ft and works well to reduce the
transfer of noise to units below.
Add padding and carpet and I don't know how they'll
hear you below unless you're running a 400 amp
Search the Co....I think it's called Accousticork.
It's doesn't seem to be in style these days to have any respect for
one's neighbors. Our upstairs neighbors have carpet and take off shoes.
No stereo or loud TV. They have a huge dog who makes a "thud" when he
lies down. Hubby makes funny noises when he is home alone, but we won't
go into that. Not much else going on up there, but you want to be
careful about what the neighbors can hear :o)
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