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Although there are many benefits to living in a busy city, you will have to put up with the noise you are exposed to every day. The noise will eventually enter your personal space when you live in an apartment or house with nearby neighbours and traffic. Fortunately, you can reduce outdoor noisethanks to soundproofing techniques and materials. Here we will go through our tips for
soundproofing busy cities.

Recognise the Cause of the Noise and How to Address It

Living in a busy city exposes you to structural and external airborne noise.

Structural noise is produced when a sound wave’s energy causes a surface to shake, such as when your neighbour beats on the wall or ceiling. Airborne noise includes music, voices, car alarms, and others carried through the air. It wiggles and squeaks through crevices on thin surfaces. 

Reduce the vibratory potential of surfaces to reduce structural noise, and increase the density of surfaces to reduce airborne noise.

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Address Particular Surfaces in Your Apartment

To reduce airborne and structural noise in large cities, use these strategies:

Walls

Walls allow both structural and acoustic noise. Increasing mass and density can prevent airborne noise from passing through your walls. Products with greater substance for sound transmission include wall soundproofing enhanced acoustic overlay. In addition, large, soft furnishings against the walls or the addition of an acoustic quilt can reduce structural sounds.

Floors

You could have to deal with noise that comes through the flooring or stress over the noise you make when moving at night. Rugs and furniture can reduce structural noise and some airborne sound, but acoustic battens and acoustic decks go above and beyond.

Ceilings

Neighbours walk, move furniture, listen to music, or converse, so your upstairs neighbours may cause structural and airborne noise to travel down to your apartment. Building noise-blocking
panels is the best technique to deal with ceiling-borne noise sources. By lowering your ceiling, you can add sound-blocking and -absorbing materials, such as acoustic quilts or acoustic baffles. In addition, you can accomplish sound isolation by separating and cushioning surfaces that would otherwise vibrate together in response to movement upstairs.

Doors

You’ll use the same tools and techniques to soundproof a door as you would a wall. A door, however, allows noise to pass through the perimeter. Installing a door sweep or sealant under or along the door will close gaps.

Learn More

Our speciality at JCW Acoustic Supplies is reducing the amount of noise that can enter or leave a location. Get in touch with us and learn more about soundproofing your city apartment.