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Question DetailsAsked on 6/6/2011

Has anyone tried to soundproof a condo ceiling?

I live in a three story condo, built around 1970. I get footfall noise from the condo above me, and the upstairs floor squeaks when people walk on certain spots on the floor. I can also sometimes hear voices and TV sounds. The condo upstairs is already fully carpeted and has a good quality carpet pad. I've already discussed this with management and because the people upstairs are only engaging in normal activities (such as walking across the room) they are not in violation of any condo rules.

I'm looking into having some soundproofing done to my ceiling. I like the econo barrier http://www.soundprooffoam.com/econo-barrier.html sold by a company called American Micro Industries http://www.soundprooffoam.com/ I just don't know anyone who has used these products. The econo barrier is a thin sheet of a dense product that looks like vinyl. It is nailed to the ceiling, then a special clip is screwed into the ceiling joists, and a layer of standard drywall is attached to the clips. This brings the ceiling height down only about 2 inches.

Does anyone have any advice? What have people tried? What has worked/not worked?

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Buster,

Check out a product called QuietRock 525 sound proof drywall.

www.quietsolution.com

I used it for a situation very similar to yours and loved it. It is expensive but the labor savings makes up for the cost.

It is basically hardi backer with 3/8 drywall laminated to it. The sound ratings are impressive and any drywall contractor can work with it. Brings the ceiling level down 3/4"

If you are in the So Cal area you can find it at Cal-Wal Gypsum 714 637-3450

Good luck,

Paul M


Answered 6 years ago by Paul M




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