If you live in New York, you likely have neighbors above, below, and next to your home. You’ll most probably have noticed that most apartments are not soundproof. With a population of 9.5 million people, apartment soundproofing in NYC has never been more critical; pre-war buildings especially. NYKB, master’s in apartment remodeling, shares some top tips below on how to soundproof an apartment and bring some calm and quiet to your home.
TIP #1 Soundproof your Apartment Floor
If you’re wondering how to reduce noise between floors in apartment buildings, then choosing the right type of flooring for your apartment is essential. If you find yourself interrupted by noise from downstairs, you may want to consider professionally soundproofing your floors. (This process is similar to soundproofing an apartment ceiling) For further sound reduction, you can install a layer of drywall between the floor and the carpet.
TIP #2: Soundproof your Apartment Door
If you have a large gap under your apartment door, we recommend adding a door sweep. Use a commercial-grade sweep with a thick rubber strip that seals against the threshold. This will also help to keep out dust, bugs, and drafts, as well as noise.
TIP #3: Soundproofing Apartment Walls
Properly insulated walls with loosely packed fiber provide excellent sound absorption, which is a factor in soundproofing, albeit a minor one. Standard fiberglass insulation is as effective as mineral wool, and much less costly. Foams give great thermal insulation but are poor for soundproofing.
TIP #4: Soundproof Windows in NYC
Sound traveling around a room will bounce off hard surfaces and be absorbed by soft ones. To effectively block out the noise coming through your windows, you can install window inserts or apply materials such as cotton, felt, or foam directly to walls, ceilings, furniture, room dividers, and doors.. Adding more pieces of upholstered furniture will also help to absorb the noise.
TIP #5: Soundproof Through Home Decor
Simple decor touches can go a long way towards soundproofing an NYC apartment. Touching up your interior design with padded area rugs, plants, heavy drapes, soft furnishings, and fabric wall hangings are just some sound-absorbing suggestions you can implement in any room.
Improve Apartment Soundproofing in NYC
At NYKB, we handle every detail of your bathroom, kitchen or full home remodel. We can ensure quality apartment soundproofing installation, resulting in a noise-free and relaxing home environment. With over 20 years of experience improving homes in New York, we at NYKB have what it takes to make your home perfect for your needs.Contact us today to find out more or to book your free consultation.