If you are constantly being awaken or disturbed by footsteps, children or animals running, loud music, or talking noise in the unit above you or next to you, you are definitely not alone. Most of the calls and e-mails we receive are from people who are at their wits end trying to find relief from such noises. For years we have been using the most effective and innovative products and methods available to achieve maximum noise reduction.
How much noise can be eliminated?
Using our methods, we are able to achieve up to 95% reduction of impact (footstep) noises, and up to 100% of airborne (stereo, tv, and talking) noise.
What is the correct approach to soundproofing a ceiling or wall?
The correct approach depends on what type of noise we are trying to reduce. The main reason you are hearing so much of your neighbors noise is due to the construction of your unit. There may be very little material separating you and your neighbor. Whatever materials that were used are rigidly connected together, this allows noise to easily enter your home. Think of noise as electricity. If there is a rigid connection from one unit to the other, the noise will have a path to travel from one unit to the other. Once we figure out how the noise is traveling we can determine the correct approach to soundproof your ceiling or wall.
How much does it cost?
Cost depends on the size of the area that needs soundproofing and the level of relief you desire. On average, a bedroom ceiling can be anywhere from 2-5k, larger areas like living room ceilings range from 5-10k. When we are done, all surfaces will be smooth and ready to paint. If you contact us with your measurements we will be happy to provide a quote free of charge.
Does insulation work?
Common belief is that insulation is the correct approach to soundproof ceilings and walls. When we first started, even we initially thought “soundproof” insulation was the way to go. After extensive testing and research, we have found that insulation has very little soundproofing value if any, and in some cases, insulation makes noise worse. For years we have been removing all types of insulation from blown-in, spray foam, and fiberglass. After the insulation has been removed we were able to correctly address the problem. Regardless of what they tell you, insulation contractors are NOT soundproofing contractors.