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Question DetailsAsked on 1/21/2017

I need a contractor for sound proofing an apartment

Live on 1st floor , have tenants on 2nd fl and can hear walking and talking through out the house I recently renovated upstairs removed the carpets throughout the house and put down laminate.

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Oops - guess you can only blame yourself for that Boo-Boo - and the easy solution of you moving upstairs (though then the new downstairs tenants would be unhappy with YOUR noise) can't work till those current tenants move out to allow you to move upstairs.

AL does not have a category for soundproofing - Insulation in the Home Improvement area and Stereo and Home Theater Systems in Services are the two categories for contractors who commonly do this type of work - plus (no AL category) you could google for specialty "soundproofing" or "acoustic engineering" companies and then cross-check those companies to see if they are listed and rated on Angies List.

But if you put the word - soundproofing - into the Ask box above it will bring up several previous questions with answers about similar issues - and most of those questions will either reference others or (if you are signed in as a user or member) also have more links to similar questions and answers listed below them.

And lets me tell you, from residential and commercial plus some work on industrial/ commercial projects like recording and film/TV studios, it is usually far cheaper (if feasible) to suppress the sound at the source than block it on your side - like convincing the people upstairs to go back to carpets with padding if you pay for the installation - either full carpeting or maybe landlord-owned large area rugs for the areas with the worst noise - though that does not do much for kitchens or dining rooms which are high-traffic areas but carpets don't do well there.

Another option if the walking is worse than the talking noise - if you fess up that you did not know how noisy hard flooring could be (and I bet you did not specify sound-absorbing padding when it was installed), and offer to reduce up to X dollars off their rent a year (maybe a hundred to two) if they will wear nice fuzzy slippers or soft-sole shoes when in the apartment and are not actually entertaining guests, that might be your simplest solution - if they will go with wearing them consistently. You might be able to stress the reduction in tracked-in dirt if they take shoes off at the door, less work cleaning scuff marks off the floors, etc.

Course, that does nothing for guests, kids playing noise, dog nails on hard flooring, etc - nor in the early morning or evening when their family is getting dressed to go out for the day or have just come home. And if they have or will have kids - just wait for the noises that come through then - hard toys on floor, rider toys, walk-on play music toys, on up to teenage stereos.

Welcome to the world of living in a multi-unit dwelling. And hard flooring except for "look" areas like living rooms - I never could understand the attraction people have for hard surface flooring throughout the house, other than the obvious places like dining room and kitchen and mud room, bathrooms.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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